Sims, Curzan, Douglass, and Roy Added To 2020-2021 US National Team

by Ben Dornan 35

January 05th, 2021 National, News

USA Swimming has announced the addition of 4 members to their 2020-2021 national team. Those 4 swimmers are Bella Sims, Claire Curzan, Kate Douglass, Daniel Roy. Notably, 2 of the newest additions to the team, Sims (15), and Curzan (16), are still juniors. The addition of these 4 swims comes as a result of their performance in their respective events throughout 2020. They are being added to the national team roster for the following long course events:

Sims, Curzan, and Douglass each earned their spot on the team with swims at the 2020 Toyota U.S. Open in November. There, Sims won the event with an 8:27.01 to beat out an impressive field of Ally McHugh (8:29.36), Erica Sullivan (8:31.38), and Ashley Twitchell (8:33.58), among others. The swim for Sims took more than 8 seconds off her entry time at the meet of 8:35.96.

Curzan and Douglass each earned their spot as they finished 1st and 3rd, respectively at the U.S. Open. Curzan swam a 56.61 for the victory, taking nearly a second off her seed time of 57.57, while Douglass hit a 57.43 for third, lowering her PB from a 58.48. Both Curzan and Douglas were members of the 2019-2020 US junior national team, Curzan for the 100/200 backstroke and 100 butterfly, and Douglass for the 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, and 200 IM.

Stanford junior Daniel Roy earned his spot on the national team with a 2:08.89 long course 200 breaststroke at the 2020 Stanford Invite in November. This is Roy’s second national team selection, having made the team during the 2018-2019 season.

Another change to the national team status came in the form of Torri Huske and Gretchen Walsh‘s updated statuses.

Walsh was already a member of the 2020-2021 team earned a time update in the 50 freestyle with her 24.65 swim at the Toyota U.S. Open. Huske on the other hand got a time update in the 100 butterfly with a 57.36 at that same meet. Huske was also added to the national team roster in both the 100 freestyle (54.04) and 200 IM (2:11.18).

USA Swimming altered its selection criteria this year because of the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 Pandemic which featured protocols for the addition of national teamers in two phases. In August, they added Molly Hannis and Sam Stewart to the team via phase 1 for their performances early in the year. At that time, the national governing body said that a further update to the team would come on January 4, 2021.

Sims, Curzan, Douglass, and Roy have now been added as a result of the following phase 2 protocols:

  • Qualifying performances from August 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 will be added to the roster on January 4, 2021
  • Any athlete who equals or betters the slowest qualifying time in each event on the original 2019-2020 National Team roster from August 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020 will be added to the 2020-2021 roster in that event
  • This includes athletes not currently on the 2019-2020 National Team and athletes who are on the 2019-2020 National Team in other events
  • For an athlete to be added to the 2020-2021 roster his/her qualifying time(s) must be in the database on usaswimming.org by 12/31/2020

Access the full selection criteria, along with the updated women’s and men’s 2020-2021 national teams below.

Members of the team have access to a number of benefits such as health insurance, meet reimbursement, monthly stipends, and the ability to use national training centers.

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Swammer
5 months ago

DOUGLASS !!!!!!!! So well deserved!!!!!!!!! Also so glad they aren’t removing people from the prior national team! That would be upsetting

Curious
Reply to  Swammer
5 months ago

Is this Todd’s first female national Teamer?

Swammer
Reply to  Curious
5 months ago

Unless he was there for Leah smith? But I think he came after

swimfast
Reply to  Swammer
5 months ago

early call, but i think douglass is going to own the ncaa next year

Last edited 5 months ago by swimfast
USA
Reply to  swimfast
5 months ago

She already owns it this year

Hswimmer
5 months ago

Like if Claire Curzan makes tokyo dislike if she doesn’t

313
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

A 56.61 is the #1 time for the 2020-2021 national team! I don’t wanna jinx it, but I have a strange feeling she will develop a great 200 fly during these next few months, as well as a sub 1:00 100 back to go with it. I’m going to guess that she will be on the Olympic team in multiple events!!

Hswimmer
Reply to  313
5 months ago

I agree!!

Hannah
Reply to  313
5 months ago

200 fly is a weak event right now but she still would need at least a 2:07 and maybe a 2:06. 100 back is going to take a 58 mid or maybe a 58 low so while Curzan is definitely capable of a 59, I don’t think that’s going to be enough.

President
Reply to  Hannah
5 months ago

A 50 second 100 yard back, that converts to 57 territory.

Joe
Reply to  President
5 months ago

Beata Nelson is the GOAT of backstroke then I guess

OldSwimmer
Reply to  President
5 months ago

She’s all about underwater. Ask Beata how that converts to long course.

swimfan210_
Reply to  313
5 months ago

I don’t think she can get to Olympic qualifying level in the LC 200 fly. It requires a lot more endurance than yards.
Hopefully, her short course backstroke improvements will carry over to long course, but with this insanely deep field of backstrokers, I don’t think she seems likely to make the team in the 100 back.

Anonymous
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

She will have to swim at a pool that is not run by TAC Titans.

DMSWIM
Reply to  Anonymous
5 months ago

She swam her 56.6 100 fly in Greensboro, so that doesn’t appear to be a problem for her.

Anonymous
Reply to  DMSWIM
5 months ago

Big difference between Cary/Greensboro and the big stage in Omaha

DMSWIM
Reply to  Anonymous
5 months ago

She’s also performed well at U.S. Nationals and World Juniors. I think she’ll be fine.

50M Pools Rule
Reply to  Anonymous
5 months ago

You’re really talking trash about a 16-year old girl? You’ve some issues, friend.

Swammer
Reply to  Hswimmer
5 months ago

Like this if you think Douglass makes the team in either a fly, IM, breast, or free event!!!!!

Just a Question
5 months ago

When does junior team get announced?

SwimDad
Reply to  Just a Question
5 months ago

they just released the Junior National team on USA Swimming.com