2019 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS – West
- December 11th-14th, 2019
- King County Aquatic Center, Federal Way, Washington
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After this weekend’s long course U.S. Open Championships in Atlanta, the split Winter Junior Championships will host the country’s best 18 & under swimmers in yards competition – the more traditional course for this time of year. One of two Winter Junior Championship meets that split the country along the Mississippi River (and lake Michigan), the West championships at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington play foil to the East Championships, which will be held at Georgia Tech in the same pool that hosted the U.S. Open
Athletes must be aged 18 or younger on the first day of the meet to compete.
Among the swimmers scheduled to participate are Minneapolis native Isabelle Stadden. She is coming off a U.S. Open title in long course last week in the 200 meter backstroke thanks to a 2:08.49.
Even with the title, that swim was just Stadden’s 2nd-best time of the season in the event. If she follows through and races in Federal Way, then, there will probably be some natural tapering happening just from the cross-country travel (whether intended or not), so that could result in big swims.
Stadden is entered in the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 200 back, 100 breast, and 200 IM at the meet.
Kaitlyn Dobler is also a name to watch. She’s the top seed in both the 50 free and the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. She’s qualified well ahead of the rest of the field in the breaststroke races, so could get some clean water to improve her times of 59.25 and 2:11.25.
The boys’ entries include Aiden Hayes from Oklahoma, who is the 2nd-ranked high school junior recruit in the country. He’s scheduled to swim the 50 free, 100 free, 100 back, 100 fly, and 200 fly, and is the top seed in the 50 free and 100 back.
Coby Carrozza from Longhorn Aquatics is also due for a big meet – he’s the #1 seed in the 100 and 500 frees, the #2 seed in the 200 free, and the #4 seed in the 200 fly.