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:
- Bella Sims – 800 freestyle
- Claire Curzan – 100 butterfly
- Kate Douglass – 100 butterfly
- Daniel Roy – 200 breaststroke
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.
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.
- U.S. National Team selection criteria
- U.S. National Team women’s roster
- U.S. National Team men’s roster
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.