2021 USA Swimming Futures Championships – Multi-Site
- July 28-August 1, 2021
- Multiple Sites
- 50 meters (LCM)
- Full meet information document
After more than a year of the COVID-19 pandemic wrecking and reimagining major national swimming competitions in the United States, and most of the world, things are beginning to return to their familiar cycle.
Following a successful run at the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, which saw no positive tests among participants, the end of July will see the return of another annual competition: the USA Swimming Futures Championships, last held in 2019.
These meets, held at 4 sites around the country, are supposed to be a stepping stone between Sectional Championships and Junior National or senior National Championships.
The meets are being held concurrently at 4 different sites around the country, but results aren’t combined – each meet stands alone as its own championship event. This resumes the usual rhythm for the events.
Athletes are assigned to specific sites based on geography. Each site is capped at 800 swimmers – which leaves the possibility that each individual site of the meet could have as many swimmers as Wave II of the US Olympic Trials.
2021 USA Swimming Futures Championships Schedule:
- Santa Clarita, California – July 28-31
- Huntsville, Alabama – July 28-31
- West Fargo, North Dakota – July 28-31
- Richmond, Virginia – July 29-August 1
While the meet is primarily designed as a stepping-stone event for younger swimmers, there are no age or time limits and all swimmers who have met the time standards are eligible to race.
This will be the 6th edition of the USA Swimming Futures Championships, following 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. The 2020 championships were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Previous meets have already produced some fruitful pathway performances. For example, American Record holder and Tokyo 2020 US Olympian Kieran Smith raced in the first year of the event in 2015 when he was 15 years old. At the Greensboro site that year, he placed 2nd in the 200 back, 4th in the 400 IM, 4th in the 200 IM, and 18th in the 1500 free. At the time, he had no Junior Nationals cuts, but he swam substantial lifetime bests in each event at the meet.
Also racing in that first year at the Greensboro site was Abby Arens. She won the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke that year at just 13-years old, touching in 1:11.89 and 2:34.32, respectively. She went on to be a top 10 recruit in the high school class of 2020 and qualified for the NCAA Championships last season as a freshman at NC State.