USA Swimming Announces 2012 Jr. Pan Pac’s Roster

  41 Braden Keith | July 24th, 2012 | Featured, National, News

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.

  
MenWomen
1. Matt Ellis- 100 Free, 100 fly1. Chelsea Chenault- 200 Free
2. Max Grodecki- 100 Free2. Julia Anderson- 200 Free
3. Jackson Miller- 200 Free3. Kathryn Kinnear- 100 Fly
4. Peter Brumm- 200 Free4. Becca Mann 200 fly, 400 Free, 400 IM, 800 Free, 10K
5. Evan Pinion- 400, 1500 Free5. Olivia Smoliga- 100 Back, 50 Free
6. Corey Okubo- 200 Fly6. Annie Zhu- 100, 200 Breast, 200 IM
7. Jack Conger- 100, 200 Back7. Celina Li- 200 IM
8. Will Licon- 100, 200 Breast8. Simone Manuel- 50, 100 Free
9. Chase Kalisz- 200, 400 IM9. Cierra Runge- 100 Free
10. Erik Risolvato- 50 Free10. Kylie Stewart- 100, 200 Back
11. Maclin Davis-100 fly11. Leah Smith – 400 Free
12. Gunnar Bentz- 400IM12. Danielle Valley – 800 Free
13. Andrew Seliskar- 200 IM13. Dana Grindall – 100 fly
14. Eric Ronda- 200 Breast14. Courtney Weaver- 200 fly
15. Justin Wright- 200 fly15. Jillian Vitarius- 200 back
16. Ted Singley- 1500 free16. Sarah Hasse- 100 Breast
17. Janardan Burns- 400 free, 10K17. Anne Lazor- 200 Breast
18. Kyle Darmody- 50 Free18. Rachel Zilinskas-800 Free, OW
19. David Heron- 10K19. Kaitlin Jones- 200 Back
20. Bryan Dragonosky- 10K20. Kathleen Baker-100 back
21. Alex Katz- 200 Back21. Meghan Kingsley- 200 fly
22. Ty Stewart – 100 back22. Brooke Lorentzen- 10K
23. Gage Crosby – 100 breast23. Allie Szekely

Coaching Staff:

Women:
Tim O’Brien
Allison Beebe
Bob Kizer
John MOrse

Men:
Jason Turcotte
Paul Stafford
Steve Brown
Yuri Suguiyama

The full staff can be seen here.

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Comments

  1. John Sampson says:
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    I wonder why Ryan Murphy chose not to attend?

    Becca Mann exploded onto the scene this year! Best of luck to her..question: how was open water selected? Did they just take the top distance swimmers?

    • Braden Keith says:
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      On the basis of open water nationals. Those teams were announced about a month ago.

    • Schefty says:
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      Ryan Murphy is ineligible because he competed at Pan-Ams in October.

    • coach t says:
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      ineligible. has already swam a national meet, so cannot swim a jr nat’l meet. (according to my son!)

      • Braden Keith says:
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        This is correct. Not just a USA-S rule; Olympians, Long Course World Championship Team members, Commonwealth Games swimmers, and senior Pan Pac swimmers are not eligible for Junior Pan Pacs

    • bobo gigi says:
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      Becca Mann must stop open water. She has a fantastic future in the pool and with Katie Ledecky they can dominate the world in the next years from the 400 free to the 1500 free.

      • Coach says:
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        I am pretty sure Open Water isn’t hurting Rebecca Mann at all. Knowing Randy, the 10K at OW Nats was probably similar to doing a 10K for time at practice, and since the race was an hour from Clearwater, she probably didn’t miss practice the day before or the day after the race.

        I am also pretty sure Randy is not about to let his athletes do anything that interferes with his overall plan. She seemed to do just fine at Trials. I’d leave the coaching decisions to the guy who works with her on a daily basis.

  2. Rafael says:
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    Braden, will brazil swim the Pan pac Jr like they swim the Pan Pac? And What is the limit age of the swimmers? I would really like to see a clash of some Guys from Brazil who went well on Multionations againts others swimmers..

  3. joeb says:
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    you should give some notice of the clubs they train with, as well as the staff who made this team. not everyone gets to get on the olympic staff…it is a good old boys club in a ways.

  4. matt says:
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    Murphy has already competed at Pan Pacs and once you move up from the Junior Pan Pac level you cannot drop back down to the junior level.

    • PAC 12 Fan says:
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      Too bad this meet is so late in the summer. Some college bound swimmers have to decline because it conflicts with the start of the school year.

      • Braden Keith says:
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        Unfortunately, elite international-level swimming is never going to be able to safely navigate the collegiate schedule.

      • Coach says:
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        With just a quick glance, I see 11 college bound kids on the roster.

        • PAC 12 Fan says:
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          I believe Jacob Pebley declined, and there are likely others. Also, I think that all of the U.S college bound Canadians declined their team, which really weakens their team.

          • Braden Keith says:
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            Canada will release their roster tomorrow, but I know for a fact that they didn’t all decline.

        • Coach says:
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          There are also high school kids that had to decline because of school. This isn’t just a college thing.

          • Braden Keith says:
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            We’ve also heard of many swimmers who declined simply to spend more time with their families after a crazy summer of competition before headed off to college. Nothing anybody can do about kids just wanting to spend more time at home.

            Still a great development opportunity for those who wish to make the trip.

  5. Bullddoze says:
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    Isn’t Simone Manuel 6ft 2 or 3?

  6. Saved says:
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    Conger, Kalisz and Ellis should run away with the meet on the men’s side I can’t see to many countries with an answer to these 3? I could be wrong, not sure about what the other countries can bring to the table. Any info on that Braden?

  7. Kevin says:
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    Swimmers will be allowed to enter any events they want to swim.

  8. Marley09 says:
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    New Zealand’s JPP team below.

    http://www.swimmingnz.org.nz/competition/competition-calendar/2012/2012-junior-pan-pacific-championships

    A gold star to anyone who can find Japan’s roster. :)

  9. Marley09 says:
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    Australia’s team below. (I’m on a roll….might tackle the question above about Brazil next).

    https://assets.imgstg.com/assets/console/document/documents/Team%20list%20-%202012%20Junior%20Pan%20Pacs%20Team1.pdf

  10. Karen_Mizzou says:
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    There are three SwimMACers (Brumm, headed to Michigan, Darmody, headed to Texas with neither Kip, and Baker)on this list. What a great job this club is doing

  11. Question says:
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    Why is Allie Szkeley listed without an event?

    • Braden Keith says:
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      The Official USA-S roster doesn’t have one listed. Fortunately, once an athlete is entered in the meet, they can swim whatever they want, though USA Swimming usually requires them to swim the event that got them on the team.

    • bobo gigi says:
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      Allie Szekely! I think she will swim the 100 breast, the 200 breast and perhaps the 200 IM. She’s great and I hope somebody will buy her a modern suit before the meet.

  12. Izzydog says:
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    Shout out to Jackson Miller! Great student, great athlete, great kid. He’s part of the astonishing group of seniors-to-be that are re-writing the record book in California’s North Coast Section. A fun fact about Jackson is he usually doesn’t train in the late summer or fall because he’s the starting quarterback for his high school football team. This year he’s going to miss some two-a-days, some passing tournaments, and some of the general fun that goes with being the high school quarterback, but the consolation is he’s going to Hawaii!

    My understanding is he will be back on the gridiron for his final season and fighting to re-gain his starting position after this meet.

    Congrats to all named to this team.

  13. Marley09 says:
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    Japan JPP roster. Someone will need to translate though. Still waiting on Canada.

    http://www.swim.or.jp/01_japan/12/sw_02.html

  14. bobo gigi says:
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    It’s an impressive american roster.

  15. Robin says:
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    Becca Mann and Allie Szekely were sure tearing it up at Trials! Amazing for age 14. I wish them lots of luck and great experience with Jr. Pan Pacs.

  16. south kakalaki says:
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    shout to megan kingsley from friends in south kakalaki! moving forward in small steps – zone select camp, national select camp, new member of jr pan pac team… what’s next?! impressive at very first trials – dropping about 3 secs in 200 fly and finishing 11th; and about 3 in the 400 im to finish 25th. keep it up!

  17. Marley09 says:
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    and last but not least….canadian team

    https://www.swimming.ca/2012JuniorPanPacificChampionships

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