If you didn’t hear, USA Swimming recently released its selection criteria for 2018 Pan Pacs and 2019 Worlds, as well as the criteria for the 2020 Olympic team head coaches. SwimSwam recently spoke with National Team director Lindsey Mintenko and asked her about her thoughts on these selection procedures, both old and new.
Mintenko has a unique perspective, with the experience of being on the national team before taking over as the director. She says that while it is typically a mixed bag of opinions on the selection process for the 2019 World Championships (no trials, use top times from Pan Pacs/2018 Nationals), many coaches and athletes enjoy selecting the team a year in advance as it gives them a full summer to train. Not having a trials meet in late June or early July means no resting before the big summer meet in late July-early August.