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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Anonymous
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months 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!

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  Dazed & confused
10 months 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.

Salty
Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months 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!

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  Salty
10 months 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
Reply to  NEWTOSWIMSWAM
10 months ago

“NEW” TOSWIMSWAM😉

Salty
Reply to  NEWTOSWIMSWAM
10 months 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 »

SwimDad
10 months ago

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

Anon
Reply to  SwimDad
10 months ago

Helluva resume booster

GA Boy
Reply to  SwimDad
10 months 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.

coachymccoachface
Reply to  SwimDad
10 months 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

NCAC Fan
10 months ago

The Big Cheese!

Jimbomcringle
10 months ago

Packed junior team

NC Fan
10 months 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.

Swim dad
10 months 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
10 months ago

Like who

CaO126
10 months 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??

Salty
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months ago

Totally agree.

NC Fan
Reply to  Salty
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months 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
10 months ago

See Braden’s reply above…

Salty
Reply to  NC Fan
10 months ago

They did displace swimmers.

ReneDescartes
Reply to  Salty
10 months ago

Somebody call the wambulance.

Salty
Reply to  ReneDescartes
10 months ago

Haha yes 🙂 please do! I need it!

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