USA Swimming Names 43 to Junior Team for 2021 FINA Swimming World Cup

USA Swimming has named a squad of 22 girls and 21 boys to the National Junior Team that will represent the U.S. at the third and fourth legs of the 2021 FINA Swimming World Cup this fall.

USA Swimming used the FINA rules for World Junior Championships which define juniors as girls between 14-17 years of age as at December 31, 2021 and boys between 15-18 years of age as at December 31, 2021.

The team was chosen based on their individual performances at Wave I and Wave II of the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska in June. First priority was given to the #1 time swum in each event at Trials, other than the 100 and 200 free. In those events, priority was given to the top 4 swimmers. Of the 43 swimmers selected, 18 posted a top-16 performance at Wave II of Trials and two of whom (Charlotte Hook and JoJo Ramey) advanced to an A final.

“In light of the cancellation of the World Junior Championships in 2021, we chose to move forward with an international opportunity for our young U.S. swimmers to provide them with valuable training and racing experiences which we feel are critical to success on the international stage,” USA Swimming Managing Director of the National Team Lindsay Mintenko said. “Our junior athletes are an important conduit to our Olympic Team and, as an organization, we have been focused on pursuing and developing additional competitive racing opportunities for these 18&Under swimmers.”

The team will be led by Head Coaches Chuck Batchelor (Bluefish Swim Club) and Head Coach Kate Lundsten (AquaJets Swim Team), while Brent Arckey (Sarasota Sharks), Jeremy Linn (Nation’s Capital Swim Club), Alec Haley (Fishers Area Swimming Tigers) and Ginny Nussbaum (Long Island Aquatic Club) will join the team as assistant coaches.

The U.S. team will compete at the 2021 FINA World Cup’s leg 3 in Berlin, Germany on October 1-3 in Berlin and leg 4 in Budapest, Hungary on October 7-9.

2021 FINA Swimming World Cup U.S. Roster

Women’s Team

Name Event(s) Club Coach
Berit Berglund 100 BK Carmel Swim Club Chris Plumb
Kristin Cornish 1500 FR Badger Swim Club,Inc. John Collins
Zoe Dixon 400 IM NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc Norm Wright
Erin Gemmell 200/400 FR Nation’s Capital Swim Club Bruce Gemmell
Cavan Gormsen 400/800 FR; 4×200 FR-R Long Island Aquatic Club Dave Ferris/Ginny Nussbaum
Leah Hayes 200/400 IM Fox Valley Park District Riptides Nancy Hooper
Abigail Herscu 200 BR Livermore Aqua Cowboys Alex Silver
Charlotte Hook 100/200 FL; 200 IM TAC Titans Bruce Marchionda
Tess Howley 100/200 FL Long Island Aquatic Club Dave Ferris/Ginny Nussbaum
Paige Kuwata 1500 FR Sandpipers Of Nevada Ron Aitken
Hayden Miller 800 FR Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club Louis Demetriades
Anna Moesch 50 FR StreamLine Aquatics Club Brian Greene
Kennedy Noble 200 BK YMCA Westside Silver Fins Darian Townsend
Carly Novelline 4×100 FR-R NASA Wildcat Aquatics Alessio De Rosi
Kristina Paegle 4×100 FR-R Indiana Swim Club Chip Kline
JoJo Ramey 100/200 BK Fishers Area Swimming Tigers Alexander Haley/Joe Keller
Zoe Skirboll 100 BR Racer X Aquatics Jim Skirboll
Camille Spink 50/100 FR Nation’s Capital Swim Club Jeremy Linn
Claire Tuggle 200 FR; 4×100 FR-R Santa Maria Swim Club Michael Ashmore
Emma Weber 100 BR University of Denver Hilltoppers Shawn Smith
Gracie Weyant 200 BR Sarasota Sharks Brent Arckey
Kayla Wilson 100 FR/4×200 FR-R Tide Swimming Richard Hunter

Men’s Team

Name Event(s) Club Coach
Aiden Hayes 100/200 FL Sooner Swim Club Kent Nicholson
Eric Anderson 50 FR Northern Lights Swimming Association Thor Anderson
Spencer Aurnou-Rhees 200 IM New Albany Aquatic Club John Coffman
Brice Barrieault 1500 FR Sandpipers Of Nevada Ron Aitken
Carl Bloebaum 200 FL Mason Manta Rays Ken Heis
Reese Branzell 100 FR Saint Andrew’s Aquatics Sid Cassidy
Arsenio Bustos 100 FR; 100 FL; 200 IM Woodbridge Aquatic Club David Reilly
Michael Cotter 400 FR; 4×200 FR-R TAC Titans Bruce Marchionda
Grant Davis 800 FR Chattahoochee Gold Swim Club Mark Schilling
Daniel Diehl 100 BK Unattached Brian Dowling
Zhier Fan 100 BR Metroplex Aquatics Brent Mitchell
Jakob Frick 100/200 BR Nation’s Capital Swim Club Jeremy Linn
Sam Hoover 4×100 FR-R/4×200 FR-R North Carolina Aquatic Club Steve Brown
Caleb Maldari 200 BK Bluefish Swim Club Chuck Batchelor
Quintin McCarty 50 FR Pikes Peak Aquatics George Heidinger
Josh Parent 800/1500 FR; 400 IM Bluefish Swim Club Nick Rice
Kyle Ponsler 400 IM Fishers Area Swimming Tigers Alexander Haley/Joe Keller
Patrick Sammon 200 FR/4×100 FR-R AquaSol Darin Mai
Will Scholtz 200 BR Lakeside Swim Team Mike Deboor
Eli Shoyat 400 FR Northern Kentucky Clippers Chad Rehkamp
Nick Simons 100/200 BK Sandpipers Of Nevada Ron Aitken

Coaching Staff

Click here to see the roster.

Click here to read about the selection criteria.

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Just Sayin’
2 months ago

Congrats to these exceptional athletes! So, what about the Open Water Junior Team kids? Their international opportunity was cancelled as well, they’re long term development is important to the success of USA Swimming as well.

Last edited 2 months ago by Just Sayin’
SHRKB8
Reply to  Just Sayin’
2 months ago

Send them down under, part of the Swimming Australia domestic swim meet in August set up for the Australian Junior team v Australian Uni team there will be an Openwater swim (10km) tacked on the end of that pool meet for the Australian Junior Openwater team. Would be fantastic to see the USA Junior Openwater team mixing it with the best Aussie Junior Openwater swimmers. Great experience for both sets of junior athletes.

Troyy
Reply to  SHRKB8
2 months ago

Border closure makes this a non starter.

Swimpop
Reply to  Just Sayin’
2 months ago

Well, at least the top junior two girls have bigger fish to fry (Sims/Grimes).

Somerteeth
Reply to  Just Sayin’
2 months ago

Maybe take this up with USA swimming?

SwimTaxi
2 months ago

Congratulations to these swimmers! What an amazing opportunity. I do, however, feel bad for those on the National Junior Team who were not able to partake in any camps or international competitions for the past two years.

SwimdadFL
Reply to  SwimTaxi
2 months ago

Or, what about the entire class of 2021/2022 that didn’t even have a chance to be named to the Junior Team this year because they just used the team from the prior year (assigning 4 girls instead of naming a whole new team) therefore the 2021 Junior Team is actually comprised of swimmers who made those times Aug 2019, 2 years ago. An entire year of swimmers whose development is important has been overlooked.

NC Fan
Reply to  SwimdadFL
2 months ago

They did add swimmers to national junior team who hit the criteria in the revised qualifying period. They just also kept the previous swimmers, the vast majority of whom would be too old to be in discussion for this meet which was specifically based on OTs anyway. Class of ‘22 kids also can make junior team for this ‘normal’ qualifying period and likely get the meet travel and camp perks next summer (Mel Zajak, OTC camp, etc.) so they fare way better than Class of ‘21.

Taa
2 months ago

I am not sure this is a great idea. Its less than 3 months out and this stupid Covid thing won’t go away. How about just pay their club dues for a year and give them a gift certificate for some smoothies. Travel is super expensive right now.

home slice
Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Right, because smoothies > representing America

swimapologist
Reply to  home slice
2 months ago

I always want to have a deeper intellectual discussion about this draw of “representing America.” And I know that’s not going to happen here, because it’s pretty clear that you’re the parent of a kid who was short-changed by the COVID year, and in my experience, parents who feel their children are being cheated badly enough to rant about it on the internet don’t like to have deep intellectual conversations.

But, it’s pretty clear that “representing America” is not the be-all end-all by what we’re seeing in tennis right now.

So these feelings of “representing America” are more likely about “being able to brag to your friends that you got to go on this trip” and “free travel” and “free… Read more »

home slice
Reply to  swimapologist
2 months ago

Smoothie

Sticks
Reply to  swimapologist
2 months ago

Mighty presumptuous to suggest athletes just want to brag to their friends when some actually do want to represent their country on the biggest possible stage they can get to. Tennis has nothing to do with this. For some, it’s about being given an opportunity to work hard and compete against the best and yes, to represent the USA.

SwimFriend
Reply to  swimapologist
2 months ago

Was this supposed to be intellectual? Judgmental and condescending, perhaps, but certainly not intellectual or even enlightened. Representation isn’t about a uniform, it’s about knowing you had a dream, and you did the endless work to achieve it, while believing in something that had a less than 1% of 1% chance of coming true. No one who gets as far as making the national team has time to give a rat’s tail about bragging rights, they are too busy working their own tail off and sacrificing everything, because it’s everything to them. That’s not a moral high ground, just a higher goal than you may have or comprehend. This isn’t about the parents, this is about the athletes, and despite… Read more »

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  SwimFriend
2 months ago

Right on!! Some people just don’t get it. As athletes, representing your country is an honor and a reward for their hard work.

swimapologist
Reply to  NEWTOSWIMSWAM
2 months ago

Nah. It’s a reward for their hard work and superior genetic makeup***.

There are lots of athletes who work just as hard, but just don’t have the right build for it. This notion that the best athletes always work the hardest might have been true in 1957, but we’re well past that point in sport development.

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
Reply to  swimapologist
2 months ago

I agree with you to a certain extent about the physical “superiority” to excel in our sport, but I can’t imagine swimmers can reach the level of the National Jr Team without hard work, commitment and dedication.

home slice
Reply to  swimapologist
2 months ago

Who hurt you bro

Taa
Reply to  home slice
2 months ago

Clearly you have never had a smoothie

KEVINM
2 months ago

if you go to a FINA meet, you compete by FINA rules… FINA meets are set by birthdate as of 12/31 of the year of the meet…

Coach
Reply to  KEVINM
2 months ago

I understand what you are saying, but this FINA meet isn’t a Junior meet. It’s an open meet.

NC Fan
Reply to  Coach
2 months ago

@Coach, USA Swimming is rewarding the swimmers who qualified for World Juniors per the published criteria. Just instead of going to World Juniors in Kazan (which was postponed), they are going to Berlin/Budapest. Yes, would be great to do something for National Junior Team like a camp or meet this summer, but this is specifically a replacement meet for those who earned the right at OTs to represent the US at World Juniors and were denied the opportunity.

Sticks
Reply to  KEVINM
2 months ago

Why different age standards for women?

NEWTOSWIMSWAM
2 months ago

Wonder if the age restriction is determined by FINA or USA Swimming. Feel bad for the two USA National Jr Teams (2019-20, 2020-21). They never get the chance to represent the country in international competitions. Are there any tangible benefits at all for them besides being mentioned in the news release and social media?

NC Fan
Reply to  NEWTOSWIMSWAM
2 months ago

FINA sets it for World Juniors and World Junior Records with birthday as of year end. This team was originally the World Junior Team so it uses the same criteria.

Sandpiper
2 months ago

Nick Simons is coached by Michael Kinross of the sandpipers, and is not directly coached by Ron Aitken

Hopeful
2 months ago

There is a whole band of athletes, both girls and boys that missed opportunities over the last year because of COVID that have aged up. Let’s hope the USA swimming organization figures out a way to help give opportunities to those athletes.

SwimFam
2 months ago

The Future of NC State looks bright! Almost 30% of this men’s roster is committed to the Wolfpack (Bustos, Cotter, Hayes, Hoover, McCarty, Ponsler)

Le monke
Reply to  SwimFam
2 months ago

🐺🐺

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