Projected U.S. Roster for 2021 World Junior Open Water Championships

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

Projected Roster

This roster could still change if some athletes decline their spots.

Girls:

  1. Julissa Arzave (10K)
  2. Carlie Rose (10K)
  3. Mariah Denigan (7.5K)
  4. Paige Kuwata (7.5K)
  5. Katie Grimes (5K)
  6. Bella Sims (5K)

Boys:

  1. Joey Tepper (10K)
  2. Dylan Gravley (10K)
  3. Jacob Pishko (7.5K)
  4. Joshua Brown (7.5K)
  5. Ilya Kharun (5K)
  6. Luke Ellis (5K)

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FLSwimmer
3 months ago

Think Katie Grimes should be 5K

Todd Mann
3 months ago

If this is correct Sandpiper will have 6 swimmers on the team.

ChefJake
Reply to  Todd Mann
3 months ago

50% of the world junior roster…3+1alumni out of 11 2021 National team spots…those kids must be hungry.

Horn
Reply to  Todd Mann
3 months ago

Sandpipers seem to dominate the event. How do they do it?

Wavey Davey
3 months ago

Do they have alternates if someone declines? If so, who are the first people in?

ChefJake
Reply to  Wavey Davey
3 months ago

Default to top 2 in each age group/race, and then if there are declines they will go down the finish order to 3rd, then 4th, etc.

toocool4u
3 months ago

will the national team roster change much?

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