USA Swimming has announced their 2012 Jr. Pan Pac Championships roster that will head to Hawaii from August 23rd-27th. These teams were chosen from the best non-Olympian juniors at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, and will face off against the best from Canada, Japan, Australia, and other Pacific-rim nations.
The meet is reserved for athletes who are between 13 and 18 as of the first day of the competition, and reserved for those who haven’t made a senior international roster in the past.
There are stars across-the-baord in this meet, but among the more exciting names is Nitro’s Matt Ellis, who will swim the 100 free and 100 fly. He is the United States’ best junior sprinter, and in 12th place in the 100 free in Omaha was the only junior swimmer who showed serious potential in the event headed into the next quadrennial. In the 100 fly, he will be joined by USC-bound Maclin Davis, who is the best yards swimmer in high school history.
For the women, Becca Mann is going to attempt an unreal, Mireia-Belmonte-esque schedule. The 14-year old National Age Group Record holder made three finals at the Olympic Trials, and now will attempt the 5 most physically-challenging events on the Olympic schedule: the 200 fly, the 400 free, the 400 IM, and the 800 free in the pool. Just for good measure, after those four races in four days, she’ll jump into the open water, 10km swim on Monday.
Also watch out for Olivia Smoliga, who is headed into her senior year of high school. Her backstroke exploits are well-known (many think she could be the next 59.0 teenager in the 100), but her specific work on versatility in the last year has paid off with a second entry in the 50 free. Look out for her competitor in that race, Simone Manuel, who isn’t overly tall but seems to have hit a bit of a growth-spurt lately.
North Baltimore’s Chase Kalisz didn’t have quite the Olympic Trials that he wanted, but he still did more-than-enough to make this roster as a 200/400 IM’er. Jack Conger will join him as a 100/200 backstroker; those two could be the crux of the American team at the 2016 Olympics.
Some of the less-recognizable names who will make a debut at this meet include Danielle Valley, who was a big surprise finalist in the women’s 800 free, and Andrew Seliskar in the men’s 200 IM.
There are a lot of exciting names for the future in this meet; the Americans’ depth allows them to put together a secondary international roster like this, which runs parallel to the Olympics, and still wind up with a dominant lineup.
|1. Matt Ellis- 100 Free, 100 fly||1. Chelsea Chenault- 200 Free|
|2. Max Grodecki- 100 Free||2. Julia Anderson- 200 Free|
|3. Jackson Miller- 200 Free||3. Kathryn Kinnear- 100 Fly|
|4. Peter Brumm- 200 Free||4. Becca Mann 200 fly, 400 Free, 400 IM, 800 Free, 10K|
|5. Evan Pinion- 400, 1500 Free||5. Olivia Smoliga- 100 Back, 50 Free|
|6. Corey Okubo- 200 Fly||6. Annie Zhu- 100, 200 Breast, 200 IM|
|7. Jack Conger- 100, 200 Back||7. Celina Li- 200 IM|
|8. Will Licon- 100, 200 Breast||8. Simone Manuel- 50, 100 Free|
|9. Chase Kalisz- 200, 400 IM||9. Cierra Runge- 100 Free|
|10. Erik Risolvato- 50 Free||10. Kylie Stewart- 100, 200 Back|
|11. Maclin Davis-100 fly||11. Leah Smith – 400 Free|
|12. Gunnar Bentz- 400IM||12. Danielle Valley – 800 Free|
|13. Andrew Seliskar- 200 IM||13. Dana Grindall – 100 fly|
|14. Eric Ronda- 200 Breast||14. Courtney Weaver- 200 fly|
|15. Justin Wright- 200 fly||15. Jillian Vitarius- 200 back|
|16. Ted Singley- 1500 free||16. Sarah Hasse- 100 Breast|
|17. Janardan Burns- 400 free, 10K||17. Anne Lazor- 200 Breast|
|18. Kyle Darmody- 50 Free||18. Rachel Zilinskas-800 Free, OW|
|19. David Heron- 10K||19. Kaitlin Jones- 200 Back|
|20. Bryan Dragonosky- 10K||20. Kathleen Baker-100 back|
|21. Alex Katz- 200 Back||21. Meghan Kingsley- 200 fly|
|22. Ty Stewart – 100 back||22. Brooke Lorentzen- 10K|
|23. Gage Crosby – 100 breast||23. Allie Szekely|
The full staff can be seen here.