Becca Mann, Caeleb Dressel Set to Headline USA Roster for Junior Worlds

PHOENIX, Arizona, August 14. USA Swimming announced the 18 women and 18 men that will travel to Dubai for the world junior swimming championships, which starts August 26.

Becca Mann, who just competed in open water events at the world championships in Barcelona, will have a full slate of pool events in Dubai. She’ll race in the 400 and 800 freestyles, as well as the 200 butterfly and 400 IM. Mann was a finalist in all four of those events at the USA Swimming nationals in late June.

Other women on the team of note include 200 IM national independent high school record holder Ella Eastin, who will compete with Mann in the 400 IM, as well as the 200 IM; Kylie Stewart, who was a nationals finalist in multiple events and will swim the 200 backstroke; Abby Weitzeil, who placed third in the Swimming World rankings of female high school swimmers this past season, is racing in the 50 freestyle.

Caeleb Dressel was one of the highlights of not only the USA Swimming nationals, but the junior national championships as well. Dressell owns the national age group records for the 15-16 age group in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles, and will race all three distances in Dubai. Two other swimmers who set national age group marks this summer are competing in Dubai. Justin Lynch, who broke Michael Phelps’ 100 fly national age group record at nationals, will race in both butterfly events. Andrew Seliskar, who also took down a Phelps national record in the 200 IM, will also race the 200 fly in addition to the 200 IM.

Gunnar Bentz will be the busiest American swimmer at the meet. The 17-year-old is scheduled to race both breaststroke races and both IMs, in addition to the 800 free relay. Bentz won the 200 breast and 400 IM at junior nationals, and was second in the 100 breast and 200 IM.

The six-day meet features some of the fastest men 15-18 years old, while females must be 14 and 17 years old. In addition to contesting heats, semifinals and finals, the meet will feature mixed 400 medley and 400 freestyle relays.


Olivia Anderson (Aquajets Swim Team) 100 breast
Kathleen Baker (SwimMAC Carolina) 200 IM, 100/200 back
Quinn Carrozza (Longhorn Aquatics) 200/400 free
Katherine Dr (SOCAL Aquatics Association) 200/400 IM
Bethany Leap (Sarasota YMCA Sharks) 200 breast
Becca Mann (Clearwater Aquatic Team) 400/800 free, 200 fly, 400 IM
Kathryn McLaughlin (Mission Viejo Nadadores) 50/200 free, 100/200 fly, 4×100 free relay
Alexandra Meyers (Schroeder YMCA Swim Team) 4×100 free relay
Isabella Rongione (The Fish) 800 free
Maija Roses (SwimMAC Carolina) 100 breast
Cierra Runge (North Baltimore Aquatic Club) 100 free, 4×200 free relay
Mary (Mimi) Schneider (Academy Bullets Swim Club) 100 free
Riley Scott (Marin Pirates) 200m breast
Clara Smiddy (AK Sharks) 100 back
Kylie Stewart (Dynamo Swim Club) 200 back
Courtney Weaver (Flint ‘Y’ Falcons) 100 fly
Abbigail Weitzeil (Canyons Aquatic Club) 50 free

Gunnar Bentz (Dynamo Swim Club) 100/200 breast, 200/400m IM, 4×200 free relay
Aidan Burns (Santa Clara Swim Club) 400 free
Caeleb Dressel (Bolles School Sharks) 50/100/200 free
Connor Green (Bluefish Swim Club) 100/200 back
Kyle Gornay (Redlands Swim Team) 4×100 free relay
Ryan Harty (Greenwood Memorial Swim Club) 100 back
David Heron (Mission Viejo Nadadores) 800 free
Matthew Josa (SwimMAC Carolina) 100 fly
Alexander Katz (Sarasota YMCA Sharks) 200 back, 4×200 free relay
Jay Litherland (Dynamo Swim Club) 400 IM
Justin Lynch (Terrapins Swim Team) 100/200 fly
Blake Pieroni (Duneland Swim Club) 200 free
Paul Powers (Splash Aquatic Club) 50/100 free
Brett Ringgold (North Texas Nadadores) 4×100 free relay
Jonathan Roberts (North Texas Nadadores) 400/800 free
Andrew Schuehler (Jersey Wahoos) 200 breast
Andrew Seliskar (Nation’s Capital Swim Club) 200 fly, 200 IM
Carsten Vissering (Nation’s Capital Swim Club) 100 breast

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