INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, August 17. THE Junior Nationals Championships consistently showcase the best young talent the United States has to offer. This year, 18 and under swimmers from around the country have come together at the IU Natatorium to race their way to glory. So far, we've seen meet records fall and exclamation points placed on the ends of breakout seasons. It's a wonder what these athletes will do later in their swimming careers. Swimming World photographer Peter Bick tells their story through pictures:
Peter Bick captures an awesome start by backstroke champion Hannah Weiss on the fourth night of finals at the IU Natatorium.
How do you look after an exhausting race? Gillian Ryan has racked up wins in the 800, 400 and 200 freestyle. She'll be looking for her fourth Junior National title in the 1500 freestyle tonight.
Allie Szekely created a storm when she destroyed the competition in the 200 breaststroke the first night of finals, taking the meet record and nearly capturing the National age group record set by Olympian Amanda Beard. She added to her title the next nights in the 400IM and 100 breaststroke, and she is looking for her fourth title tonight in the 200IM.
And they're off! The shortest swimming race is a great exclamation point to add on the final day of competition. There really is no time to sit down when watching the splash-and-dash.
In the end, a picture is worth a thousand words, and the following picture says it all:
ALL GREAT RACERS COME TO INDY!
Join the diving well warm-up commotion if you dare!
Be sure to check out all of Peter Bick's photos in the Junior Nationals Photo Gallery, like the one below: