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
18 days 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
18 days ago

Is this Todd’s first female national Teamer?

Swammer
Reply to  Curious
18 days ago

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

swimfast
Reply to  Swammer
18 days ago

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

Last edited 18 days ago by swimfast
USA
Reply to  swimfast
18 days ago

She already owns it this year

Hswimmer
18 days ago

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

313
Reply to  Hswimmer
18 days 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
18 days ago

I agree!!

Hannah
Reply to  313
18 days 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
18 days ago

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

Joe
Reply to  President
17 days ago

Beata Nelson is the GOAT of backstroke then I guess

OldSwimmer
Reply to  President
14 days ago

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

swimfan210_
Reply to  313
17 days 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
18 days ago

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

DMSWIM
Reply to  Anonymous
18 days 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
18 days ago

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

DMSWIM
Reply to  Anonymous
18 days 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
18 days ago

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

Swammer
Reply to  Hswimmer
18 days ago

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

Just a Question
18 days ago

When does junior team get announced?

SwimDad
Reply to  Just a Question
15 days ago

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