USA Swimming Adds 15 to 2020-2021 National Junior Team Roster

USA Swimming has released an updated 2020-2021 National Team roster.

The new roster rolls forward the 2019-2020 roster and added any age-eligible swimmers who met the qualifying criteria, specifically the times listed below. Athletes who carried forward from last year’s roster were allowed to remain on the roster, while new additions must be 18 years or younger as of December 31, 2020.

The top 2 swimmers in each Olympic event (based on World Ranking) were added to the roster, regardless of how many were rolled forward from last season and regardless of time. Then the 3rd and 4th best swimmers in the 100 free and 200 free were selected. Finally, any swimmer who met the time standards below were also added to the roster.

The above criteria was applied independently to the truncated 2019-through-2020 year-plus and any new swimmers were added to the team.

Qualifying Times for New Members of the 2021 National Junior Team:

Men Event Women
22.46 50 free 25.3
49.18 100 free 54.88
1:48.30 200 free 1:58.90
3:52.12 400 free 4:11.62
8:03.84 800 free 8:39.49
15:29.67 1500 free 16:38.69
54.91 100 back 1:00.85
2:00.22 200 back 2:11.87
1:01.15 100 breast 1:08.39
2:13.10 200 breast 2:27.67
52.92 100 fly 59.08
1:58.58 200 fly 2:11.05
2:01.56 200 IM 2:14.04
4:21.52 400 IM 4:44.62

Relay lead-offs, swim-offs, and intermediate splits were not considered. Times were considered from January 1, 2019 through March 17, 2020, and August 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Besides the 15 swimmers added, two names were removed: Claire Curzan and Kate Douglass, who were both promoted to the senior National Team this week. Swimmers may not be simultaneously on both the junior and senior National Team rosters.

The new roster nets out to 87 swimmers.

Of the 15 new additions, 12 were males while only 3 were females. What’s more, the new additions are geographically most usually from the southeastern United States, which was able to return to competition and training sooner than most of the country after the coronavirus quarantines began to ease.

Among the additions are 16-year old Erin Gemmell, younger sister of US Olympian Andrew Gemmell; and 15-year old Olympic Trials qualifier Keaton Jones.

New Members of the USA Swimming National Junior Team

Girls’ Roster Additions:

Boys’ Roster Additions:

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15 days ago

I was under the impression that USA Swimming was going to be strict on their qualification standards for this JR Team, and yet most swims (while very fast) fall outside these standards. I wonder how one swim was determined eligible vs another?

OG Prodigy
Reply to  Anonymous
15 days ago

Under the selection criteria it states:
The two (2) eligible athletes with the highest World Ranking in each individual Olympic event (up to 28 women and 28 men); and b. The eligible athletes with the third (3rd) and fourth (4th) highest World Ranking in the 100 and 200 meter long course freestyle (up to 4 women and 4 men); and c. Additional athletes who have achieved a long course meter time faster or equal to the time standards listed below:

To your point, those standards are there only to “add” people to the team if needed. They are not required to make the time to be on the NJT.

Hope that clarified. Cheers

Dazed & confused
Reply to  OG Prodigy
14 days ago

I’m curious how are there more than 2 swimmers in some of the non-free events, for example 100 ba/br/fl, when it appears the 3rd &/or 4th swimmers did not make the hard cut?

Dazed & confused
Reply to  Braden Keith
14 days ago

Thanks for clarifying Braden! Seems like USAS should’ve kept the rosters separate, create a new roster for 20-21’ while extending any benefits to 19-20’ team. I wonder if they combined the two years/rosters to keep the times fast, since it looks like 20-21’ roster would be a bit slower, understandably due to fewer chances across the country to race during pandemic, particularly in “big” meets. In any case, lots of fast athletes here! Congrats all!

Reply to  Dazed & confused
14 days ago

That’s my thought as well. See my response to “Salty”. 19O athletes deserve all benefits (probably more) because of the pandemic has taken away their training and competition opportunities. Hope the 18U swimmers will have more opportunities in 2021. If not, they should, in 2022, stay on the team as the current 19O swimmers.

Reply to  Braden Keith
13 days ago

Braden, they DID change the selection process, thereby taking away slots for kids who WOULD have made it as a top 1 or 2 swim, when kids from the prior year are still on the list. Sure, if you made the auto qualify time you’d be in anyway. But not based on just taking top times into consideration.

I get it. Criteria changes year to year for many things. It just hurts when it’s your year and you miss it because they kept kids on from the year before who haven’t come close to swimming that fast this year and you are faster. Life’s not fair though.

Congrats to all the kids (and adults) on the Junior team!

Reply to  Salty
13 days ago

@Salty if you compare this year’s selection criteria with previous years’, the 1st and 2nd criteria are the same: top 2 (4 for 1 @ 2 free) 18U kids of each Olympic event make the team regardless the 19O kids from the previous year. The only change is the 3rd criteria: hard cuts vs world rankings (top 75 and 100 for girls and boys respectively). No sure how the hard cuts were determined, but I guess they must’ve had something to do with the world rankings. The only 18U girls who would’ve made the team are those who didn’t meet the first two criteria, and rank 75th or higher but don’t have the hard cuts.

Dazed & confused
13 days ago


13 days ago

Ok. I’ll stop crapping on 19 year olds and just say I think it sucks no matter who took the kids’ spot away. They basically skipped a year of typical qualifying swims, consolidating two years’ worth so a lot of this year’s #3 and #4 kids who would have been #1 and #2 were not selected. Does that argument work? Kids this year still got screwed, maybe it was 16 year olds taking spots from other 16 year olds. My bad, I just blamed the kids who aged out of FINA competition for hanging around. I guess the kids aren’t to blame but USAS is. Bad choice to stick it to the hard working swimmers especially in this devastating year.… Read more »

15 days ago

On the boys’ side, I was pleasantly surprised to see how many of these times are for 200/400 distances in their respective stokes, not 50 or 100. I can only assume that this continues the trend of record-setting swims on the boys’ side coming to younger and younger swimmers.

15 days ago

what are the benefits (if any) of being on this team?

Reply to  SwimDad
15 days ago

Helluva resume booster

GA Boy
Reply to  SwimDad
15 days ago

Most years there is some kind of camp at the Olympic Training Center for these athletes. It also allows you automatic entry in to effectively any meet in the country. Even if the meet cap is met, you can almost always still get in if you’re on the National Jr Team or National Team.

Reply to  SwimDad
13 days ago

Now? In the past they get to go to a meet usually. Usually a trip to the OTC and I believe some travel covered? Could be wrong

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder of He first got his feet wet by building The Swimmers' Circle beginning in January 2010, and now comes to SwimSwam to use that experience and help build a new leader in the sport of swimming. Aside from his life on the InterWet, …

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