With two of three qualifying meets complete, the framework of the 2018-2019 U.S. National Team is well in place. There could be some shuffling based on Junior Pan Pacs results, but with senior Pan Pacs and U.S. Nationals out of the way, the vast majority of next year’s National Team is all but locked in.
What is the National Team?
In contrast to the traveling rosters for meets like Pan Pacs, World Championships or World University Games, the U.S. National Team refers to a broader roster of the nation’s top swimmers in every event who can qualify for a wide range of benefits from USA Swimming.
For more detail on those specific benefits, check out our story on the subject from late 2014 here. The short version is that making the national team carries a certain level of prestige, financial support and other perks like access to the Olympic Training Center and video review and massages at some major meets.
For 2018-2019, the U.S. National Team will be selected from the top 6 times in each Olympic event from the combined results of U.S. Nationals, Pan Pacs and Junior Pan Pacs. As opposed to travel roster selection, this roster does take into account prelims swims in addition to swims from any final. Relay leadoffs, time trials, swim-offs and intermediate splits aren’t included.
Open water swimmers have already been selected based on the top 6 finishers at the 2018 U.S. Open Water Nationals 10K race. Unlike the pool team, they’re locked into their spots.
These rosters aren’t final, only because a swimmer from Junior Pan Pacs could still improve their standing. These lists, in a way, then, are incentive lists for any Junior Pan Pac swimmer looking for National Team status. Those who don’t make it will be likely to make the Junior National Team instead. The junior team is selected in a somewhat-similar way: the top 6 juniors (as of September 1, 2018) in each Olympic event are eligible make the roster, though this team is selected from long course times swum in the calendar year 2018 rather than from specific meets. It also limits the total roster to 40 swimmers and bases priority and selection on world ranks.
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Katherine Berkoff is the closest among the Junior Pan Pac squad to potentially be selected for the National Team. Her 59.77 in the 100 back is only 0.01 short of Lisa Bratton’s time for 6th place.
Claire Tuggle needs to find another 1.7 secs from her 400 free PB to also qualify. Are there any other Junior Pan Pacs swimmers that are close enough to potentially make the National team?
If Gretchen Walsh can drop a tenth in the 50 or about 3/10s in the 100 she can join her sister.
Mariah Denigan is headed to Junior Pan Pacs and is list in the women’s 800 free at 6th. Based on JPP psych sheet she is all but a lock for National Team. Check the list again.
Looks like Emily Weiss has made the team in the 100 breast with Breeja Larson dropping off.
I’d be very curious to see how Michael Andrew would fare in a 200 IM.
I would too. He was 1:59 as a junior, so he’s obviously got the ‘chops’ in him somewhere. Hopefully he goes straight to a World Cup meet and swims one in the next few weeks…
World Cup is usually SCM competition.
The World Cup over the last few years can’t really be defined by what it usually is, given how often the format changes ;-). This year, the first 2 meets will be LCM, the rest will be SCM: https://swimswam.com/fina-announces-schedule-for-2018-world-cup-will-mix-lc-and-sc/
Kalisz is very lucky that MA has not concentrated on the 200 IM. MA is so much faster in each stroke.
Interesting that Locthe’s time in 2im this summer would have made the national team without swimming nationals. Also the 4:15 he swam would not.
wait so is cody miller on the national team? He said in his video today that he was not but hes right here
Being on national team (top 6 Americans in each event) is different then being funded by Usa swimming in APA (top 16 World Ranking).
Maybe I’ve been under a rock for a few years, but who is this Michael Andrew guy? He’s listed in four events, four different strokes, so I’m wondering if it’s a typo? My thought is that he must do massive volume in practices so that he can practice all the strokes and be so good at all of those. Has any of this been up for discussion on these threads?
This guy is GOOD. I’ll be interested to see what he does in the future.
u have well been under a rock for a while buddy but thats okay of course – He is the Pan Pacs 50 free champion and has now incredible speed for the 100 fly and 100 breast as well .
Heh heh “massive volume” good one. I love MA though and am very happy for his success this season.
Few people really missed the point with this one
13 people missed the joke?
So happy for MA. Wonderful to see him amongst his peers.
Last year they includes WUG, but not World Jr for the selection…
The guys 2br isn’t in order.
Fixed now I see