New Zealand Moves Toward 2020 w/ New National Cuts & Development Squad

New Zealand Swimming has taken its first major move into the Tokyo 2020 Olympics by setting new national team time standards and identifying a development squad of potential 2020 Olympians.

In the past, New Zealand Swimming has had three different squads at the highest level, a national team, a development squad, and a group of younger “Talent ID” swimmers. Now, it has consolidated the latter two groups under the “development squad” umbrella. You can read a full breakdown of the restructuring here.

The new national team time standards reflect the FINA B qualifying standards, and the national development squad is selected using FINA’s point system. Although the current squad has already been determined, the 2017 squads will be decided based on swimmers’ performances at the 2017 NZ National Age and Open Championships and the 2017 Australian Age Championships. The 2017 team will be announced in May of 2017. Additional ‘wildcard’ swimmers can be added by the team’s coach without making the time standards.

Swimmers on New Zealand‘s current Tokyo 2020 development squad include Rio 2016 Olympic semifinalists Bradlee Ashby and Corey MainRio 2016 Olympians Helena Gasson and Emma Robinsonand Georgia triplets Mick Litherland and Kevin LitherlandYou can see a full breakdown here.

2017 NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL SQUAD QUALIFYING STANDARDS

(FINA B Qualifying Standards)

New Zealand National/ FINA B Qualifying Standards

2017 NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT SQUAD STANDARDS

New Zealand Development Squad Standards 2017

2016 SWIMMING NEW ZEALAND TOKYO 2020 DEVELOPMENT SQUAD

Swimmer Club Home Coach Discipline
Alex Peach United Swim Club Overseas Pool
Andrew Trembath Neptune Swim Club Clive Power Pool
Annabelle Paterson United Swim Club Igor Polianski Pool
Bayley Main Howick Pakuranga Gregg Troy (overseas) Pool
Bradlee Ashby Fairfeild Swim Club Clive Power/Mat Woofe Pool
Bobbi Gichard Howick Pakuranga Clive Power/Mat Woofe Pool
Corey Main Howick Pakuranga Gregg Troy (overseas) Pool
Corneille Coetzee North Shore Swim Club Thomas Ansorg Pool
Caroline Baddock North Shore Swim Club Brett Hawkes (overseas) Pool
Daniel Hunter Howick Pakuranga Jana Wilkitzki Pool
Emma Robinson Capital Swim Club David Proud (overseas) Pool
Gabrielle Fa’amausili United Swim Club Igor Polianski Pool
Georgia Marris United Swim Club Igor Polianski Pool
George Schroder Hokitika Swim Club Clive Power/Mat Woofe Pool
Hayley McIntosh Northwave Swim Club Monica Cooper Pool
Helena Gasson North Shore Swim Club Thomas Ansorg Pool
Jeffrey Arona-Tuifanae’ Howick Pakuranga Clive Power/Mat Woofe Pool
Jackson Dawson Waterhole Swim Club Gwen Ryan Open Water
Jacob Garrod North Shore Swim Club Thomas Ansorg Pool
Julian Layton Greendale Swim Club Chris Mooney (overseas) Pool
Jonathan Rutter Roskill Swim Club Josh Munro Pool
Kate Godfrey Neptune Swim Club Genadiy Labara Pool
Kevin Litherland Mount Albert Grammar Overseas Pool
Mario Koenesperger Howick Pakuranga Jana Wilkitzki Pool
Matthew Hyde Matamata Swim Club Graeme Laing Pool
Matthew Scott Enterprise Swim Club Matt Martin Open Water
Max Polianski United Swim Club Clive Power/Mat Woofe Pool
Monique King North Shore Swim Club Thomas Ansorg Pool
Mick Litherland Mount Albert Grammar Overseas Pool
Mya Rasmussen Kiwi West Aquatics Andrew Nicholls Pool
Natasha Lloyd North Canterbury Swim Club Brett Hawkes (overseas) Pool
Paige Flynn St Peters Swimming Academy Glenn Baker Pool
Sam Perry St Peters Swimming Academy Overseas Pool
Stefannie Gillespie Zenith Swim Club Stefannie Gillespie Open Water
Wilrich Coetzee North Shore Swim Club Thomas Ansorg Pool

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Looks like Jerry’s bringing some stability to the program. Looking forward to watching the progress moving toward 2020.

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