USA Swimming Unveils Roster for 2022-23 U.S. National Junior Team

by Riley Overend 15

September 19th, 2022 National, News

2022-23 U.S. National Junior Team

The roster of 72 pool swimmers selected to the 2022-23 National Junior Team was announced Monday by USA Swimming. 

The squad is headlined by a handful of gold medalists from last month’s Junior Pan Pacs, including Thomas Heilman (Crozet, Virginia/Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA), Anna Moesch (Green Brook, New Jersey/Greater Somerset County YMCA), Zhier Fan (Plano, Texas/Metroplex Aquatics), Maggie Wanezek (Brookfield, Wisconsin/Elmbrook Swim Club), and Maximus Williamson (Southlake, Texas/North Texas Nadadores). Justina Kozan (Brea, California/Mission Viejo Nadadores) and Williamson are the lone athletes to qualify for this year’s roster in four events.

Most of the team has experience representing the U.S. on the international level, but it will be the first National Junior Team appearance for 43 of the 72 athletes. For five swimmers — Lucy Bell, Keaton Jones, Claire Tuggle, Natalie Mannion, and Kozan — it will be their third time on the National Junior Team. 

The City of Richardson Swim Team is the most-represented club with three athletes (Giovanni Linscheer, Levi Sandidge and Campbell Chase) while California is the most-represented state with nine swimmers. 

“We are very excited to welcome the infusion of up-and-coming talent into the National Junior Team Program,” said Erik Posegay, the new program director for the USA Swimming National Junior Team. “The ’22-’23 team features numerous medalists from our 2022 Mel Zajac and Junior Pan Pacific Championships teams, as well as some fresh faces ready to make an impact this coming year. It will be exciting to build off our first full year returning to international competition and using that experience to propel us forward to next summer. It was great to see 12 National Junior Team members from the ’21-’22 squad move on to the National Team this year, and we hope to see that number continue to grow year after year.”

A total of 61 clubs and 26 states are represented on this year’s roster. It does not include any swimmers who competed at the World Championships in June or who qualified for the 2022-23 Senior National Team. 

U.S. National Junior Team Roster: Girls

Katherine Adams 200 BR Portland, Ore. Tualatin Hills Swim Club
Lucy Bell 100/200 FL; 200 IM Fort Collins, Colo. Fort Collins Area Swim Team
Hannah Bellard 400 FR; 200 FL Grosse Ile, Mich. Club Wolverine
Berit Berglund 100 BK Carmel, Ind. Carmel Swim Club
Lilla Bognar 200 BK Travelers Rest, S.C. Team Greenville
Campbell Chase 200 IM Dallas, Texas COR Swimming
Lily Christianson 50 FR Osceola, Ind. Irish Aquatics
Katie Christopherson 100/200 BR Atlanta, Ga. SwimAtlanta
Piper Enge 100/200 BR Mercer Island, Wash. Bellevue Club Swim Team
Alexa Fulton 50 FR Exton, Pa. Upper Main Line YMCA
Cavan Gormsen 200/400/800 FR Wantagh, N.Y. Long Island Aquatic Club
Kaelyn Gridley 100/200 BR Winnetka, Ill. NASA Wildcat Aquatics
Kayla Han 800 FR; 400 IM La Mirada, Calif.  La Mirada Armada
Bailey Hartman 100/200 FL Danville, Calif. Crow Canyon Sharks
Charlotte Hook 200 FL Raleigh, N.C. TAC Titans
Chloe Kim 1500 FR; 400 IM Glen Rock, N.J.  Scarlet Aquatics
Justina Kozan 200 FR; 200 FL; 200/400 IM Brea, Calif. Mission Viejo
Natalie Mannion 200 BK Boston, Mass. Commonwealth Swimming
Michaela Mattes 400/800/1500 FR Sarasota, Fla. Sarasota Sharks
Hayden Miller 1500 FR Houston, Texas Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club
Anna Moesch 50/100 FR Green Brook, N.J. Greater Somerset County YMCA
Kennedy Noble 200 BK Avondale, Ariz. Phoenix Swim Club
Teagan O’Dell 200 IM West Covina, Calif. Irvine Nova/Mission Viejo
Annika Parkhe 100 FL Deerfield, Ill. Patriot Aquatic Club
Erika Pelaez 50/100 FR; 100 BK Hialeah, Fla. Eagle Aquatics
JoJo Ramey 200 BK Fishers, Ind. Fishers Area Swimming
Alex Shackell 100/200 FL Carmel, Ind. Carmel Swim Club
Levenia Sim 100 BK Spanish Fort, Ala. TNT Swimming
Camille Spink 100 FR Haymarket, Va. Nations Capital Swim Club
Claire Tuggle 400 FR Mariposa, Calif. Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont
Maddie Waggoner 800/1500 FR Moorestown, N.J. Jersey Wahoos
Maggie Wanezek 100 BK Brookfield, Wisc. Elmbrook Swim Club
Emma Weber 100 BR Boulder, Colo. University of Denver Hilltoppers
Gracie Weyant 200 IM Sarasota, Fla. Sarasota Sharks
Kayla Wilson 100/200 FR Virginia Beach, Fla. Tide Swimming

U.S. National Junior Team Roster: Boys

Brice Barrieault 1500 FR Las Vegas, Nev. Sandpipers of Nevada
Scotty Buff 100 FL Bowling Green, Ohio Greater Toledo Aquatic Club
Josh Chen 100/200 BR Ames, Iowa Ames Cyclone Aquatics Club
Norvin Clontz 400/800 FR Charlotte, N.C. SwimMAC Carolina
Charlie Crosby 50 FR Mound, Minn. Hurricanes Swim Team
Landon D’Ariano 800 FR West Chester, Pa. Germantown Academy Aquatic Club
Ben Delmar 200 BR Charlotte, N.C. SwimMAC Carolina
Diggory Dillingham 50 FR Bend, Ore. Bend Swim Club
Bobby Dinunzio 1500 FR Virginia Beach, Va. Tide Swimming
Jake Eccleston 200 BR Severance, Colo. Loveland Swim Club
Charlie Egeland 100 BR Minneapolis, Minn. Aquajets Swim Team
Zhier Fan 100/200 BR Plano, Texas Metroplex Aquatics
Nate Germonprez 200 IM Omaha, Neb. INspire Swim Team
Sean Green 400/800 FR Garden City, N.Y. Long Island Aquatic Club
Bryce Halterman 100 FL Ridgecrest, Calif. Paseo Aquatics Swim Team
Thomas Heilman 100 FR; 100/200 FL Crozet, Va. Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA
Tommy Janton 100 BK Kennett Square, Pa. Western YMCA Yahoos
Keaton Jones 200 BK Gilbert, Ariz. Swim Neptune
Mitchell Ledford 100 FL Sebastian, Fla. Treasure Coast Swimming
Daniel Li 100 BR San Marino, Calif. Rose Bowl Aquatics
Giovanni Linscheer 400/800/1500 FR Richardson, Texas COR Swimming
Cooper Lucas 400 IM Keller, Texas Lakeside Aquatic Club
Rex Maurer 200/400 FR Pasadena, Calif. UN-Trojan/Rose Bowl
Quintin McCarty 50/100 FR Colorado Springs, Colo. Pikes Peak Athletics
Henry McFadden 100/200 FR; 100 FL Haddonfield, N.J. Jersey Wahoos
Will Modglin 100 BK; 200 IM Zionsville, Ind. Zionsville Swim Club
Chase Mueller 200 FR Littleton, Colo.  Foothills Swim Team
Diogo Nosack 400 IM Beaverton, Ore. Tualatin Hills Swim Club
Josh Parent 1500 FR Wilbraham, Mass. Bluefish Swim Club
Kyle Ponsler 400 IM Fishers, Ind. Fishers Area Swimming
Levi Sandidge 400 IM Richardson, texas COR Swimming
David Schmitt 200 FL San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Evolution Racing Club
Nick Simons 100/200 BK Lake Oswego, Ore. Lake Oswego Swim Club
Evan Van Brocklin 200 FL Salt Lake City, Utah Olympus Aquatics
Maximus Williamson 200 FR; 200 BK; 200/400 IM Southlake, Texas North Texas Nadadores (switching soon to Lakeside Aquatic Club)
Kaii Winkler 50/100 FR Miami, Fla. Eagle Aquatics
Josh Zuchowski 100/200 BK; 200 IM Jupiter, Fla. Flood Aquatics Swim Team

Selection Criteria

The National Junior Team roster was picked based on long course meter times achieved between January 1, 2022 through and including August 31, 2022. Only times loaded into the USA Swimming SWIMS Database from (i) a USA Swimming sanctioned competition, (ii) a FINA approved competition, or (iii) an international competition between January 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022, to which USA Swimming sent a team as of September 1, 2022 at 9:00 a.m. (MT) were considered. Relay lead-offs, time trials and intermediate splits were not considered. Below is the in-depth performance criteria that USA Swimming used:

  • Priority 1: The two athletes with the fastest times in each Olympic Event 
  • Priority 2: The athletes with the third and fourth fastest times in the 100 and 200 (LCM) freestyle Priority 3: The men and women in each Olympic Event who achieve a time equal to or better than the following times. The times are 4% over the combined average of the medal winning times from the 2016 and 2020 Olympics, and the 2019 and 2022 World Championships. If the cap of 40 swimmers will be exceeded after applying Priority 3, then the following tie breaking procedure will be applied: Each athlete’s time will be applied as a percentage of the time in the below chart. The times will be ranked and athletes will be added to the team according to the ranking. Once the cap of 40 swimmers is reached, no more athletes will be added to the team. Last year’s time standards can be viewed here
Men Event Women
22.25 50 Free 25.06
49.36 100 Free 54.64
1:48.91 200 Free 1:59.16
3:51.73 400 Free 4:09.11
7:59.32 800 Free 8:34.12
15:13.08 1500 Free 16:20.65
54.28 100 Back 1:00.74
1:58.91 200 Back 2:10.83
1:00.51 100 Breast 1:08.17
2:12.30 200 Breast 2:27.20
52.54 100 Fly 58.72
1:57.51 200 Fly 2:10.70
2:00.59 200 IM 2:13.28
4:18.37 400 IM 4:42.98
  • Priority 4: The third fastest athlete in each Olympic event not previously named to the team in Priorities 1-3. If the cap of 40 swimmers will be exceeded after applying Priority 4, then the following tie breaking procedure will be applied: Each athlete’s time will be applied as a percentage of the time in the above chart. The times will be ranked and athletes will be added to the team according to the ranking. Once the cap of 40 swimmers is reached, no more athletes will be added to the team. 
  • Priority 5: The fourth fastest swimmers in each Olympic Event not previously named to the team in Priorities 1-4. If the cap of 40 swimmers will be exceeded after applying Priority 5, then the following tie breaking procedure will be applied: Each athlete’s time will be applied as a percentage of the time in the above chart. The times will be ranked and athletes will be added to the team according to the ranking. Once the cap of 40 swimmers is reached, no more athletes will be added to the team.

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Sherry Smit
1 year ago

When and where is the open water meet in October?

1 year ago

Scotty Bluff? WTG USAS

1 year ago

How about COR – small team in Dallas with 3 swimmers on the team. Pretty awesome! Hafner’s heros!

Sherry Smit
1 year ago

How is Hook on the JR Team? I thought any swimmer who has competed at the world championships is not considered “eligible”… she won silver in 2021 SC Worlds. Does SC worlds not apply? Also when is the October Open Water meet and where is it? I’m excited to see the future of OW swimmers with the development of someone like Claire Stuhlmacher!

Reply to  Sherry Smit
1 year ago

SC Worlds does not count. Only competing at 2022 LC Worlds or qualifying for the US National Team (senior edition) disqualifies someone from this Junior National Team.

Their goal is to keep the best swimmers ‘in the system.’ If a junior used to be on the senior team, but isn’t as fast the next season, they’re not going to drop her entirely from the program. That wouldn’t make sense for the long-term goals of the system.

1 year ago

Question.Does representing a country at the junior level disqualify dual citizens from switching teams later on at the senior level if desirable?

Reply to  bob
1 year ago


Reply to  Coachymccoachface
1 year ago

but do they have to serve the 1 year notice period similar like kayla sanchez?

maximum mchuge
Reply to  bob
1 year ago

See santo condorelli, Shane Ryan

Reply to  bob
1 year ago

Representing the country internationally at the junior level does require them to sit out a year to transfer countries. That’s why Santo declined a spot on the US World Junior Championship team in 2013.

Being on the Junior National Team does not constitute representing the country internationally, however (Condorelli is also an example of that).

1 year ago

I would have thought the criteria for the females would be 17 years or younger as of 1 September 2022.

Reply to  Weinstein-Smith-Ledecky-Sims
1 year ago

What is the age criteria?

1 year ago

Is Open water on this roster?

1 year ago

Is Charlotte Hook not already on the natl. team for 2 fly?

Reply to  Noah
1 year ago

She was on the last national team in the 200 fly, but is not on the 2022-2023 national team.

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