Multi-Site 18 & Under National Winter Championships To Kick Off Tuesday

2020 18 & Under Winter Championships

The 2020 version of USA Swimming’s Winter Junior Championships, termed the 18 & Under Winter Championships, is set to kick off on Tuesday.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event will run for two weeks, December 1-13, with an unlimited number of meets counting towards the final results.

Any sanctioned, approved, or observed swims in short course yards done within the stated dates will be included, and USA Swimming will feature a widget leaderboard on its website that will update as soon as eligible results are entered in its database.

The organization ran a somewhat similar format for the U.S. Open in mid-November, where athletes competed from nine different sites across the country with results being combined.

Swimmers will only be allowed to have their six highest-placing events count towards the official 18 & Under Winter Championship results, though they will be permitted to race a given event as many times as they want to optimize their result. Therefore, it doesn’t matter if a swimmer’s fastest time comes out of a prelim session, for example. Their quickest time will count towards the official results.

There will also will be no specified age categories, relays, or altitude adjustments applied to any results.

Another important note is that only swimmers who have previously achieved the time standards will have their results count towards the meet. You can check out the standards below:

For more information on the event, click here.

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3 years ago

How can this be called a “championship meet” when there are so many swimmers in different states who can’t participate or have not been able to train properly due to shutdowns, illness and closures. Where is the equity here?Covid-19 is on the rampage right now. This seems risky and terrible timing based on public health information.

Ann West
3 years ago

CO just canceled their meet today. So sad.

3 years ago

Does anybody know if any LSCs hosting winter championships are allowing swimmers from outside of their LSC?

NC Fan
Reply to  rmbpalmer
3 years ago

North Carolina is limited to LSC only. A number of teams would only participate for safety reasons if limited to NC teams.

Reply to  rmbpalmer
3 years ago

I believe the meets in SC are allowing other states. I know the one that is this weekend in Greenville, SC has a team from NC and a team from GA there.

3 years ago

RI and VT I believe are down as well

3 years ago

Our Winter Champs will be in Dallas, December 11-13, held by Lakeside Swim Club. Strict mask and distancing rules will be enforced. Spectators not allowed. Live streaming provided.

From rulebook:
Masks must always be worn by all swimmers inside the facility.
We recommend swimmers bring a zip lock bag (with their name on it) for their mask on deck to keep dry. They should also have an extra mask with them.
Swimmers must always have their masks on when not warming up, warming down, or competing. As soon as they exit the pool, they need to immediately put their masks on.
All swimmers will need to maintain social distance (6ft apart) when in the stands, moving… Read more »

Last edited 3 years ago by PsychoDad
3 years ago

This better not be the way USA Swimming is looking at running Olympic Trials.

3 years ago

Looks like New Jersey, part of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, parts of California, and Minnesota are unable to compete. Will this be a true 18 and under championship or simply an invite with time standards?

Reply to  PowerTower
3 years ago

obviously it is not a full championship if all LSCs/swimmers are not able to compete, but it is the next best thing with the current situation

Reply to  yrwydt
3 years ago

I agree. They should not call it a national or “championship” meet when so many people cannot compete or train.

Illinois out for now
3 years ago

Illinois is shut down too

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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