Psych Sheets Drop for 2021 Winter Junior Championships (East & West)

2021 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East & West

East Details:

  • December 8-11, 2021
  • Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Short Course Yards (25 yards), Prelims/Finals
  • Psych Sheets

West Details:

  • December 8-11, 2021
  • Jamail Texas Swim Center, Austin, Texas
  • Short Course Yards (25 yards), Prelims/Finals
  • Psych Sheets

The 2021 USA Swimming Speedo Winter Junior Championships begin on Wednesday, following up on last week’s US Open meet. The Winter Junior Championships are a series of two separate meets, which are scored and ranked separately. Athletes are assigned to one of two sites: Greensboro for the “East” meet and Austin for the “West” meet, based on the geography of their registered clubs.

Unlike the US Open, which had fairly small fields, athletes are out in full force for the Winter Junior Championships.

While the meets are administered, ranked, and scored separately, SwimSwam will combine results throughout the week to create an informal “mythical national championship” ranking.

One of the nation’s best junior programs will miss the meet: Nation’s Capital in the DC Metro will host its own NCAP Invitational, as is traditional this time of year.

But most of the country’s most recognizable clubs will be in attendance, including the TAC Titans, Dynamo Swim Club, SwimMAC Carolina, Carmel Swim Club, Club Wolverine, SwimAtlanta, Bolles School Sharks, Bellevue Club Swim Team, PASA, Irvine Novaquatics, Rose Bowl Aquatics, Katy Aquatics, and Sandpipers of Nevada.

The Sandpipers will bring along their two remaining junior swimmers who were on the U.S. Olympic Team in 2021, Bella Sims and Katie Grimes, as well as their new wunderkind Claire Weinstein.

Most of the USA Swimming Junior National Team will be in attendance at one meet or the other.

Also racing at the East meet is 14-year old Thomas Heilman from Cavalie Aquatics. Last week, between the US Open and a nearby short course yards meet that he raced in for one session, Heilman broke 7 National Age Group Records (including records in both courses).

He has a 6 event schedule lined up for the Winter Junior Championships – East: 50/100/200 frees, 100/200 fly, and 200 IM. While he’s not the top seed in any of those races, he is an outright contender in each after his performance last weekend.

More previews to come later this week.

COVID Protocols

  • All credentialed participants, vaccinated or not, must show proof of a negative test for COVID-19 within 72 hours before the meet, before receiving their credentials.
  • All USA Swimming representatives, including volunteers, staff, and officials, must be vaccinated.
  • In Greensboro, everyone in the venue must wear masks except when competing. That includes coaches, athletes, officials, and spectators. In Austin, masking is “strongly recommended” but not required.

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SCCOACH
1 month ago

West siiiiiiiiiiiide

PFA
1 month ago

Some stuff to keep in mind this weekend and beyond. Every single race that Thomas is swimming this weekend has the potential to smash every one of those nag records. There’s one major difference between Heilman and Andrew that I have noticed so far at least. Aside from being able to actually swim a LC 200 fly and being really good at it as well, he’s also doing high school swimming which gives him a very different experience from what MA did growing up. As long as thomas is enjoying the sport and wants to always keep pushing himself to the next level, he has no limit to how fast he can go and could possibly make it next spring… Read more »

SCCOACH
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

Michael Andrew broke nags in 200’s. Slow down the trash talking

Meeeee
Reply to  SCCOACH
1 month ago

And qualified for the Olympics in the 200 IM. Gets trashed for his performance but he did manage to beat out all ‘traditional’ trainers at Trials.

swimswamsers
Reply to  Meeeee
1 month ago

Dudes a 1:55.0 200 IMer and this guys saying this junk. Thomas is a phenom no need to trash the last generation.

612
Reply to  Meeeee
1 month ago

The true argument was in regards to whether he’d been faster with traditional training. His talent was never in question.

Who can really say which would be better for him? We will never know.

Has always seemed that many have the definitive answer, and that’s the part where I just laugh, sit back, and enjoy fast swimming.

Meeeeee
Reply to  612
1 month ago

Yes, i get the argument. But he isn’t going to change and he was better than any other IM’er in the US in 2021.At this point in his career it might be detrimental. I personally enjoy watching his speed and the anticipation of what his last 50 will be like.

612
Reply to  Meeeeee
1 month ago

You rephrased my response, but great points.

Virtus
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

Make it in what 💀

Swimm
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

Didn’t Andrew break the 400IM NAG at 14?

JoeBagodonuts
Reply to  Swimm
1 month ago

Maybe Heilman is only good at short distances. : )

JoeBagodonuts
Reply to  PFA
1 month ago

How does swimming in high school, after setting national age group records, swimming at US Opens and swimming at national Juniors, push him “to the next level”? Some might argue that going pro at that are would be pushing yourself to the “next level” as much or more. Just saying.

JoeBagodonuts
Reply to  JoeBagodonuts
1 month ago

*Correction – “going pro at that aGe . . .”

Walter
Reply to  JoeBagodonuts
1 month ago

Gets to hang out with his friends, have fun, etc. Children should not be forced to “go pro.” There is plenty of time for that later. Some might argue that children who have “gone pro” have had many issues going forward. Ask Andre Agassi. Jennifer Capriati. Michael Phelps.

VA Steve
Reply to  Walter
1 month ago

Yes and NIL is a big new funding source.

Entgegen
1 month ago

Imagine all the school he’s missing. All those 8th-grade homework assignments!

Hswimmer
Reply to  Entgegen
1 month ago

Still some schools offering online so who knows

50free
Reply to  Entgegen
1 month ago

Would do them for him.

MIKE IN DALLAS
Reply to  Entgegen
1 month ago

My experiences as a swimmer, coach, and teacher are simple: swimmers might “miss school” but they don’t “miss” homework” — they make it all up, and usually with a GPA that would make “Other Sports” proud!

Teddy
Reply to  MIKE IN DALLAS
1 month ago

Often under appreciated—not having to do homework is one of the best parts of being an adult

SwimJones
1 month ago

There *are* other fast swimmers in this meet too.

Meow
1 month ago

Off topic, but can we get a Femke Heemskerk retirement/appreciation post?

Big Mac #1
1 month ago

Bellard goated

Swimmerswammerswummer
Reply to  Big Mac #1
1 month ago

Ur talking about Hannah Bellard right? She’s on my team 😉

James Beam
1 month ago

I’m sure this won’t be liked, but is this a good thing for a 14-year-old 8th grader to be doing back-to-back-to-back big meets? Is this being driven by his coach or does Tommy really want to be doing this? How about the financial strain of going to 3 big travel meets in a row for his parents?

tutterstutter
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

See look, you even admitted it was a dumb comment.

Y’all ever met kids? Kids love competing. Is it good for a kid to do back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back 10,000 meter practices, where they’re 6 hours at practice for a week straight? No, but some of y’all still love to worship that stuff.

The basketball kids play games every weekend. So do the soccer kids.

Athletes love competing. I can’t in my earthly mind, even if I put on my very biggest coach-trying-to-be-pseudo-psychologist hat, think of what would be bad about this. So please tell us what could possibly be bad about it.

VASWAMMER
Reply to  tutterstutter
1 month ago

And burn out is a real issue in swimming so it is a valid concern to raise.

PFA
Reply to  VASWAMMER
1 month ago

It’s no joke lots of the best swimmers in the world have gone through it…even me.

Mr. Pack
Reply to  VASWAMMER
1 month ago

They get burned out from practice, not from meets.

please & thank you
Reply to  Mr. Pack
1 month ago

Is that true? Burnout only happens from practice? The pressure of meets never burns a kid out?

Hannah Wander
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

Counterintuitively, sometimes it’s easier for younger swimmers to go to more meets because their homework level is lower.

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