USA Swimming has announced its selection criteria for the National Junior Team with one notable change: times from approved championship-level meets outside of USA Swimming (for example, YMCA Nationals) could potentially be used to select a swimmer for the Junior National Team.
The criteria says times from such meets could be eligible “at the discretion of the National Team Director.” We’ll have to wait until September 8 when the team is announced to see if USA Swimming does have to make a decision to accept or reject any times from these approved meets. This is noteworthy because YMCA Nationals are just an “observed” meet by USA Swimming, which in the past has meant that those swims are not eligible for Junior National Team selection. This could give YMCA coaches greater incentive to attend and taper for the YMCA long course nationals, which is generally slightly less prestigious than its yards counterpart.
The swimmers with the top 6 times in each Olympic event between January 1 and September 1 of 2014 at all USA Swimming/FINA sanctioned meets will become a part of the Junior National Team and participate in the Junior National Camp in April of 2015.
In the same release, USA Swimming announced the selection criteria for the 2014 Junior Pan Pacs team. That meet that will run from August 27th-30th in Maui. The Junior Pan Pacs roster will be chosen of the top-ranked swimmers from the USA Swimming National Championships (aka, 2014 Pan Pacs and 2015 World Championship Trials) in Olympic events.