USA Swimming has officially released its Junior National Team for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.
The National Team is selected based on the six fastest times in each Olympic event at all USA Swimming or FINA-sanctioned meets from January through August of 2014, plus YMCA Long Course Nationals. The list only includes times done in prelims, A, B or C finals, meaning no relay splits or leadoffs, time trials, swim-offs or mid-race splits (for example, splitting a fast 400 while opening an 800 free).
To be eligible, swimmers must be 18 or younger as of September 1, 2014.
In addition, all athletes on the U.S. Junior Pan Pacs team are automatically selected for the Junior National team, which is why some events have 7 or more swimmers instead of 6. Also, athletes on the Senior National team are not eligible for this team, which eliminates names like Katie Ledecky, among others. The only exception is for athletes on that Junior Pan Pacs team – they can be on both the junior and senior national teams because of their representation of the U.S. at Junior Pan Pacs.
It’s been a great year for Nation’s Capital Swim Club out of Virginia and the surrounding states. NCAP put 6 different swimmers on the team, led by dual Senior/Junior National teamer Andrew Seliskar, who made the team in the 100 and 200 fly, 200 and 400 IM plus the 200 free. Also in for NCAP are Cassidy Bayer, Isabella Rongione, James Jones, Megan Byrnes and Carsten Vissering.
Several other clubs put multiple swimmers on the team. By our count, Carmel Swim Club (Amy Bilquist, Veronica Burchill and Claire Adams), Dynamo (Kylie Stewart, Knox Auerbach and Michael Taylor), Y-Spartaquatics (Danielle Galyer, Savannah Faulconer and Katrina Konopka), Palo Alto (Curtis Ogren, Ally Howe and Andrew Liang) and Nitro (Sean Grieshop, Tate Jackson and Taylor Abbott) all qualified a trio of swimmers each.