2019 Speedo Winter Junior Championships – East
- December 11th-14th, 2019
- Georgia Tech Campus Recreation Center, Atlanta, Georgia
- SCY (25y) Course
- Qualifying Times
- Psych Sheets
After this weekend’s long course U.S. Open Championships in Atlanta, the pool will now shift to short course yards for the Winter Junior Championships – East. One of two Winter Junior Championship meets that split the country along the Mississippi River (and lake Michigan), the event is the foil to the West championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington.
Athletes must be aged 18 or younger on the first day of the meet to compete.
Among the big names to keep an eye on will be TAC Titans 15-year old Claire Curzan. She was forced to pull out of last week’s U.S. Open while dealing with some health issues, but is planning to be good-to-go this week at Juniors. She has 6 entries for the meet, the 50 free, 100 free, 100 fly, 200 fly, 100 back, and 200 back, and she is the top seed in all of them.
Curzan holds 7 National Age Group Records in yards, but is now aged up into the 15-16 group and has a new set of standards to chase. That shouldn’t be too intimidating for her, given that her best time in the 100 yard fly as a 13-14 (50.64) is already faster than the 15-16 record of 51.08 held by Beata Nelson.
On the boys’ side of the pool, the biggest name in attendance will be high school senior Carson Foster of the Mason Manta Rays. A University of Texas commit, Foster took 2nd in the 200 meter IM and the 400 meter IM at the U.S. Open, including breaking a Meet Record in the 200 IM prelims.
He’s scheduled to swim a 6 event schedule at Winter Juniors. Some of those events are his standard lineup, the 200 IM, 400 IM, 200 free, 200 back, and 200 fly. Among those, the most exciting race should be with Stanford commit Preston Forst, the top seed in the race.
Foster will also swim an event that he doesn’t usually race at big national meets – the 500 free. In fact, he had to use the Bonus Standard to even qualify to swim the race in this meet, and is seeded just 51st – not a familiar spot for him these days.
But his 4:33.47 seed time there is simply his most recent time. At last year’s Ohio High School State Championship meet, he swam 4:20.21 in the event, which would make him the 3rd seed. He’l still be chasing the likes of Jake Magahey of SwimAtlanta (4:14.61) and Jake Mitchell of Carmel (4:16.72) in that race. That trio will have a number of battles at the meet.
The racing begins with a relay-and-distance day on Wednesday evening before jumping into a full day of competition for Thursday – Sunday. Prelims of the meet will be split into 2 pools (a boys pool and a girls pool), which means that the prelims sessions will actually be fairly brief – in some cases shorter than finals.