The first draft of the psych sheets for the 2014 NCSA Junior National Championships, which begin next Tuesday, March 18th, in Orlando, Florida, have been released. The list of swimmers participating are a veritable who’s-who among top junior swimmers in the United States, especially in the Central and Eastern time zones. There are also a few standout entrants from the west coast as well to make things really interesting.
Among the names will include World Championship team member Simone Manuel of the First Colony Swim Team in Houston, who will swim the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles, plus the 100 back and 100 fly.
Joining her in the women’s races include NCAP’s Janet Hu, a National Age Group Record holder, and Beata Nelson from Wisconsin, who’s having a breakout season.
The men’s meet will be highlighted by NCAP’s Andrew Seliskar, who will swim the 50 and 100 backstroke, the 200 breaststroke, the 100 fly, the 50 free, and the 200 IM. He won’t swim the 100 breaststroke in which he recently broke the National High School Record (though that record was since broken).
Carsten Vissering will swim the 100 breaststroke as one of seven entries. The second seed behind him in the 100 breast is 14-year old pro Michael Andrew, who has just 5 weeks left to continue running down National Age Group Records in the 13-14 age group before moving up (he already holds 9 of 14 yards records).
He is actually entered in 14 events, a huge schedule, but with an opportunity to swim 50’s of strokes (not eligible for NAG Records as a 13-14), it’s not an overly-strenuous one. The two entries he has in which he doesn’t already own the NAG Record are the 200 free and the 200 breaststroke.
Tennessee commit Sam McHugh, Nova of Virginia’s Townley Haas, and Crimson Aquatics’ Liam Egan are all also entered in the meet. Those three are all very good in very similar races, and could have a huge battle in the 500 free (all three are seeded under 4:20).