79 Athletes Named by USA Swimming to 2021-22 National Junior Team

Justina Kozan, the only athlete to qualify in four events (200 free; 200 fly; 200/400 IM), was named to the 2021-22 U.S. National Junior Team. Stock photo via Jack Spitser/Spitser Photography

USA Swimming announced on Monday the names of 79 athletes who have been selected to the 2021-22 U.S. National Junior Team.

The 72 pool swimmers and 7 open water swimmers named to the 2021-22 National Junior Team come from 26 states and 61 clubs. With four athletes apiece, Nation’s Capital Swim Club and TAC Titans put the most swimmers on the team. Sandpipers of Nevada and SwimMAC Carolina each had three selections. North Carolina is the highest-represented state with 10 athletes, followed by California with eight.

Pool Swimming

To be eligible for selection, athletes had to be 18 years or younger and eligible to represent the U.S. in international competition on September 1, 2021. In addition, they had to meet performance criteria. For pool swimming events, selections were made in a similar fashion to the last several years. Times had to be in long course meters and could be from any USA Swimming or FINA approved competition from January 1, 2021-August 31, 2021.

The two athletes with the highest World Ranking in each individual Olympic event (up to 28 women and 28 men); and
The eligible athletes with the third (3rd) and fourth (4th) highest World Ranking in the 100- and 200-meter long course freestyle (up to 4 women and 4 men); and
Additional athletes who have achieved a long course meter time faster or equal to the time standards listed below. The girls had to achieve a top-75 World Ranking; the boys, a top-100 World Ranking.
Men
Event
Women
22.53
50 Free
25.35
49.40
100 Free
54.99
1:48.56
200 Free
1:59.16
3:52.51
400 Free
4:12.10
8:06.47
800 Free
8:42.19
15:32.93
1500 Free
16:48.86
55.21
100 Back
1:01.08
2:00.59
200 Back
2:12.03
1:01.37
100 Breast
1:08.79
2:13.42
200 Breast
2:28.09
53.08
100 Fly
59.38
1:58.88
200 Fly
2:11.67
2:01.96
200 IM
2:14.42
4:22.33
400 IM
4:45.78

Justina Kozan led the team with four events (200 free; 200 fly; 200/400 IM). Five more athletes qualified in three events: Baylor Nelson (200 free; 200/400 IM) and Summer Smith (1500 free; 200 back; 400 IM), Erin Gemmell (100/200/400 free), Cavan Gormsen (400/800/1500 free), and Teagan O’Dell (100/200 back; 200 IM).

25 of the athletes selected competed at the Berlin and Budapest legs of the FINA Swimming World Cup earlier this month, including gold medal-winners Zhier Fan, Gormsen, Quintin McCarty, and Carly Novelline. Nearly all of the pool swimmers made Wave II of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha last summer, including Josh Matheny, who placed fifth in the 100 breast. All in all, 34 athletes named to this year’s National Junior Team posted top-20 finishes at Wave II.

As has been standard in recent years, athletes will not be eligible for the National Junior Team if they have competed individually at the Olympics, Pan Pacs, or World Championships. Athletes will also be considered regardless of year in high school or college, provided they are 18 years old or younger on September 1st.

Open Water Swimming

Note: the full 2021-2022 Open Water National Junior Team will be announced by November 1, 2021. The selection criteria are as follows:

The top two (2) finishing men and the top two (2) finishing women from the 2021 USA Swimming 10K Open Water Nationals (held in Fort Myers, Florida on April 16, 2021).
The best available male and the best available female finishers from the 2021 10K Open Water Invitational (held in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 8, 2021
The first-place male and the first-place female finishers from the 2021 USA Swimming 7.5K Junior National Championships (held in Fort Myers, Florida on April 18, 2021).
Any male and female individual-event medalist from the 2021 FINA Open Water World Junior Championships.

The minimum team size will be four (4) men and four (4) women, and the maximum team size can be seven (7) men and seven (7) women.

2021-2022 National Junior Team Roster: Women

Name
Event(s)
Hometown
Club*
Juli Arzave
10K
San Diego, Calif
Tritons Aquatics Club
Hannah Bellard
800 FR; 200 FL
Grosse Ile, Mich
Club Wolverine
Berit Berglund
100 BK
Carmel, Ind
Carmel Swim Club
Lilla Bognar
200 BK
Greensville, S.C
Team Greenville
Madelyn Christman
200 BK
Carmel, Ind
Carmel Swim Club
Jillian Cox
800 FR
Cedar Park, Texas
Austin Swim Club
Katie Crom
400 FR; 200 FL
Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif
Mission Viejo Nadadores
Mariah Denigan
1500 FR; 400 IM
Walton, Ky
Lakeside Swim Team
Zoe Dixon
200/400 IM
Richmond, Va
NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc
Lindsay Flynn
50 FR
Matthews, N.C
Mecklenburg Swim Association
Cadence Fort
10K
Estero, Fla
Gulf Coast Swim Team
Erin Gemmell
100/200/400 FR
Potomac, Md
Nation’s Capital Swim Club
Cavan Gormsen
400/800/1500 FR
Wantagh, N.Y
Long Island Aquatic Club
Leah Hayes
200/400 IM
Sugar Grove, Ill
Fox Valley Park District Riptides
Tess Howley
200 FL
Rockaway Park, N.Y
Long Island Aquatic Club
Justina Kozan
200 FR; 200 FL; 200/400 IM
Brea, Calif
Mission Viejo Nadadores
Mia Kragh
100/200 FL
San Diego, Calif
Rancho San Dieguito
Paige Kuwata
1500 FR; 7.5K
Las Vegas, Nev
Sandpipers of Nevada
Abigail McCulloh
800 FR
Lilburn, Ga
SwimAtlanta
Paige McKenna
800/1500 FR
Easton, Pa
Nation’s Capital Swim Club
Hayden Miller
800 FR
Houston, Texas
Cypress Fairbanks Swim Club
Anna Moesch
50 FR
Green Brook, N.J
StreamLine Aquatics Club
Kennedy Noble
100/200 BK
Avondale, Ariz
YMCA Westside Silver Fins
Carly Novelline
100 FR
Wilmette, Ill
NASA Wildcat Aquatics
Teagan O’Dell
100/200 BK; 200 IM
West Covina, Calif
Irvine Novaquatics
Erika Pelaez
100 FR
Miami, Fla
Eagle Aquatics
Caroline Pennington
800/1500 FR
Greenwich, Conn
TAC Titans
Julia Podkoscielny
400 IM
Fort Lauderdale, Fla
Pine Crest Swimming
Amanda Ray
200 FL
Raleigh, N.C
New Wave Swim Team
Carlie Rose
10K
Oviedo, Fla
Blue Dolphins
Grace Sheble
200 FL
North Chesterfield, Va.
NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc
Levenia Sim
100 BK
Montrose, Ala
TNT Swimming
Letitia Sim
100/200 BR
Montrose, Ala
TNT Swimming
Summer Smith
1500 FR; 200 BK; 400 IM
Agawam, Mass
Bluefish Swim Club
Camille Spink
100 FR
Haymarket, Va
Nation’s Capital Swim Club
Campbell Stoll
.100 FL
Hartland, Wisc
Elmbrook Swim Club
Blair Stoneburg
1500 FR
Jensen Beach, Fla
Treasure Coast Aquatics
Claire Tuggle
200/400 FR
Mariposa, Calif
Santa Maria Swim Club
Maddie Waggoner
1500 FR
Moorestown, N.J
Jersey Wahoos
Maggie Wanezek
100/200 BK
Brookfield, Wisc.
Elmbrook Swim Club
Emma Weber
100/200 BR
Boulder, Colo
Univ of Denver Hilltoppers
Claire Weinstein
200/400/800 FR
Port Jefferson, N.Y.
Westchester Aquatic Club
Kiley Wilhelm
100/200 BK
Charlotte, N.C
Lifetime Swim Team North Carolina

2021-2022 National Junior Team Roster: Men

Name
Event(s)
Hometown
Club*
Jack Aikins
100/200 BK
Cumming, Ga
SwimAtlanta
Jack Alexy
50/100 FR
Mendham, N.J
Greater Somerset County YMCA Storm
Alex Ayers
10K
Charlotte, N.C
SwimMAC Carolina
Brice Barrieault
1500 FR
Las Vegas, Nev
Sandpipers Of Nevada
Carl Bloebaum
100/200 FL
Mason, Ohio
Mason Manta Rays
Joshua Brown
10K
Winter Park, Fla
Highlander Aquatic Club
Arsenio Bustos
100 FR; 200 IM
Orange, Conn
Woodbridge Aquatic Club
Tim Connery
100 FR
Davidson, N.C
SwimMAC Carolina
Michael Cotter
400 FR
Cary, N.C
TAC Titans
Daniel Diehl
100 BK
Cumberland, Md
YMCA of Cumberland
Alec Enyeart
800/1500 FR
Kansas City, Mo
Tsunami Swim Team of K.C.
Zhier Fan
100/200 BR
Plano, Texas
Metroplex Aquatics
Matthew Fenlon
200 FL
Chappaqua, N.Y
Badger Swim Club, Inc.
Landon Gentry
200 FL
Bristow, Va
Nation’s Capital Swim Club
Jeremy Graunke
50 FR
.Gilbert, Ariz
Rio Salado Swim Club
Aiden Hayes
100/200 FL
Norman, Okla
Sooner Swim Club
Luke Hobson
200/400 FR
Reno, Nev
Lakeridge Swim Team
Sam Hoover
100 FR
Chapel Hill, N.C
North Carolina Aquatic Club
Gabriel Jett
200 FR; 200 FL
Clovis, Calif
Clovis Swim Club
Keaton Jones
200 BK
Gilbert, Ariz
Swim Neptune
Cooper Lucas
400 IM
Keller, Texas
Lakeside Aquatic Club
Josh Matheny
100/200 BR
Pittsburgh, Pa
Team Pittsburgh Elite Aquatics
Daniel Matheson
800/1500 FR
Peoria, Ariz
Scottsdale Aquatic Club
Quintin McCarty
50 FR
Colorado Springs, Colo
Pikes Peak Athletics
Will Modglin
100 BK
Zionsville, Ind
Zionsville Swim Club
Chris Nagy
1500 FR
San Diego, Calif
University of Minnesota
Baylor Nelson
200 FR; 200/400 IM
Huntersville, N.C
SwimMAC Carolina
Lance Norris
200 BK; 400 IM
Rocky Mount, N.C
TAC Titans
Josh Parent
1500 FR; 400 IM
Wilbraham, Mass
Bluefish Swim Club
Jacob Pishko
7.5K
Raleigh, N.C
TAC Titans/Lakeside Aquatic Club
Kyle Ponsler
400 IM
Fishers, Ind
Fishers Area Swimming Tigers
Dare Rose
200 FR
Jersey City, N.J
Scarlet Aquatics
Nick Simons
100 BK
Lake Oswego, Ore
Sandpipers Of Nevada
Nathaniel Stoffle
100 BK
Lilburn, Ga
Spartan Aquatic Club
Joey Tepper
10K
Egg Harbor Township, N.J
University of Tennessee/EHT Seahawks
Josh Zuchowski
200 BK
Jupiter, Fla
Flood Aquatics Swim Team

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