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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hog4oc
1 year ago

so the 800m free men’s qualified time is 8:04, how comes there are couple slower timers made to the roster?

hog4oc
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

So when is the qualifying period? Thanks for the replay in advance!

Swammajammadingdong
1 year ago

Wondering why Jake Foster is on the roster but Carson Foster is off? Carson is younger… Maybe this is a mistake?

Salty
1 year ago

Total garbage that kids who have aged off the team and can’t swim for the team as 18u are still on there, while kids under normal years’ qualification standards who would have qualified got totally screwed. Why are we helping out the kids in the past to screw over the kids of the future? Can someone explain this to me so I can accept it. Don’t say 2020. Tired of the buck passing USAS. Give those kids who are 19 a T-shirt and let’s actually follow the mission statement for the team why don’t you please. (Maybe next year we can screw over a new pack of kids and give this year’s kids who got dumped a free pass.)

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  Salty
1 year ago

I think there should be a separate “Jr” team for those who were on the 2019-20 team but aged up to 19 before 12/31/20. This 19O jr team deserves all the benefits taken away from them by the pandemic. The rest form the real Jr Team (18U as of 12/31/20), which consists of qualified swimmers as in a “normal” year: top 2 ranked swimmers in each Olympic event (top 4 in 100 and 200 free), plus those 18U who make the hard cuts (or better than some world rankings) during the qualifying period.

Salty
Reply to  NEWTOSWIMSWAM
1 year ago

Totally agree.

NC Fan
Reply to  Salty
1 year ago

19 year old swimmers didn’t displace any 18Us. Yes, they extended the previous qualifiers on the team, but they added the top 2 swimmers (4 in 1 and 2 free) who are 18U as of 12/31/2020. If you are arguing that the qualification period should have started later than 1/1/19, that is debatable, but with the limited swimmers being able to get tapered LCM swims in 2020 it seems fair to include those times from 2019 if that swimmer is still 18U by 12/31/20. Pretty good accomplishment to have a swim from early 2019 make the team and still be 18U at end of 2020.

Swimdadfl
Reply to  NC Fan
1 year ago

For MANY of the events, they didn’t add any swimmers. For swimmers who happen to not have gone to Des Moines, they had one shot post pandemic at US Opem. I just don’t understand why they didn’t award last years swimmer then have a whole new team for this year. Most age group swimmers swimming club have had limited access to LCM pools and came to the US Open trained in not-ideal circumstances. Not to whine about that as everyone is doing the best they can, but the reality is the Jr Team is supposed to reward and nuture the kids who are up and coming and there are SO many girls who are dominating right now that were left… Read more »

swimapologist
Reply to  Swimdadfl
1 year ago

If there were events where they didn’t add swimmers from last year (I haven’t dug to see if that’s true), it’s because the same two swimmers were ranked in the top 2 this season.

I think you’re misunderstanding the selection process. They re-ran the selection with the whole set of criteria…top 2, etc…it just so happens that most of the same swimmers were already on the team on the girls’ side.

In other words, if you eliminate the rollover swimmers…you still only would’ve only had 3 new swimmers on the Junior National Team.

SwimDad
Reply to  Swimdadfl
1 year ago

See Braden’s reply above…

Salty
Reply to  NC Fan
1 year ago

They did displace swimmers.

ReneDescartes
Reply to  Salty
1 year ago

Somebody call the wambulance.

Salty
Reply to  ReneDescartes
1 year ago

Haha yes 🙂 please do! I need it!

CaO126
1 year ago

Why was Chase Travis not on the team to begin with? She was a World Juniors Bronze Medalist in the 1500 Free, and was on the team in only the 10K??

Swim dad
1 year ago

It’s ridiculous they kept all of the swimmers from last years team on the roster and didn’t recognize the many swimmers who are swimming fast and have emerged this year. Many girls have been left off this list that deserve to be on the team. You have effectively punished all of the girls who would have made the team this year in a normal year for the sake of keeping last years kids on the roster, many of whom are either in college already and have not touched these times since over a year and a half ago and many of whom won’t touch them again. Short sighted for USA swimming to apply the same rules to “add” kids to… Read more »

coachymccoachface
Reply to  Swim dad
1 year ago

Like who

NC Fan
1 year ago

Four Research Triangle area swimmers added and Five of the 12 men either currently swim for or will swim for NC State….pretty good haul for RDU.

Jimbomcringle
1 year ago

Packed junior team

NCAC Fan
1 year ago

The Big Cheese!

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Braden Keith is the Editor-in-Chief and a co-founder/co-owner of SwimSwam.com. 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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