Open Water Nationals standouts Katie Grimes and Joey Tepper highlight the projected U.S. roster for 2021 World Junior Open Water Championships.
No official roster has been announced yet, but USA Swimming did publish selection criteria ahead of the Open Water National Championships. Based on those criteria, and the Open Water Nationals results, we can project out which athletes would be in line for which spots on the World Juniors roster.
Each event is age-bracketed to specific ages based on birth year, not birth date. We did our best to verify athlete ages, but if we mis-classified someone based on their age as of U.S. Nationals results, let us know and we’ll update our list.
2021 WORLD JUNIOR OPEN WATER CHAMPIONSHIPS – SELECTION CRITERIA
Here’s a look at the age brackets and qualifying events for the World Junior meet:
- 5K Event
- Ages 15-16 as of December 31, 2021 (Athletes born in 2005 or 2006)
- Two highest-placing eligible swimmers from the 5K event on Saturday
- 7.5K Event
- Ages 17-18 as of December 31, 2021 (Athletes born in 2003 or 2004)
- Two highest-placing eligible swimmers from the 7.5K event on Sunday
- 10K Event
- Ages 19-20 as of December 31, 2021 (Athletes born in 2001 or 2002)
- Two highest-placing eligible swimmers from the 10K event on Friday
This roster could still change if some athletes decline their spots.
- Julissa Arzave (10K)
- Carlie Rose (10K)
- Mariah Denigan (7.5K)
- Paige Kuwata (7.5K)
- Katie Grimes (5K)
- Bella Sims (5K)
- Joey Tepper (10K)
- Dylan Gravley (10K)
- Jacob Pishko (7.5K)
- Joshua Brown (7.5K)
- Ilya Kharun (5K)
- Luke Ellis (5K)