USA Swimming has named its National Junior Team for the 2017-2018 season, headed by four-event qualifiers Taylor Ault, Lucie Nordmann and Trey Freeman.
The National Junior Team is made up of athletes who are 18 or younger as of September 1, 2017, who are eligible to compete for the U.S. internationally and who have not competed at an individual event at the Olympics, World Championships or Pan Pacific Games. The Junior National Team also excludes athletes who are part of the senior National Team. Those stipulations rule out a few of the biggest-name juniors of the summer, including World Champs team member Regan Smith and short course world champ Michael Andrew.
You can see the full selection procedures here.
The team is pulled from FINA’s world rankings, with the top 2 swimmers in each Olympic event making the team first. Then the third and fourth swimmers in the relay-distance freestyles (100 and 200) are selected, and a few more athletes are added if they haven’t yet qualified but have a high world rank (top 75 for girls, top 100 for boys) in an Olympic event.
The qualifying period is January 1 – August 31, 2017.
Note: after the initial posting, USA Swimming found an error in thei math and updated the boys and coaches lists. The updated lists can be found below.
The full qualifiers are listed below: