PHOENIX, Arizona, August 13. WE just wrapped up the national competitions here in the United States with the junior national and senior national championships. Several swimmers were able to compete in both meets, as the junior nationals does not restrict athletes from competing based on already qualifying for senior nationals. If you’re 18 years old or younger, you can swim at junior nationals.
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We asked people on swimmingworld.com what they thought about senior national qualifiers being able to compete at junior nationals, and we closed out the poll with one of the closest results we have ever seen since we started the Poll of the Week a few years ago.
By just a few votes, 50.7 percent, it appears that more people believe that senior national qualifiers should not compete at junior nationals. On the flip side of that, 49.3 percent are fine with letting anyone 18 years old and younger compete at junior nationals regardless of how fast they are.
I remember when I swam at junior nationals in the late 1980s that you could not swim any events at junior nationals in which you already had senior national qualifying times. But this year, we had people like Curtis Ogren and Caeleb Dressel swimming their best events at juniors then getting A final and B final spots at senior nationals the following week. It is a good opportunity for swimmers to get in more racing, but does it take the spotlight off those who get their first senior national qualifying times in the same race? This is a debate I’m sure will not end soon, and we invite you to take part in the discussion in our comments section on the article associated with this video on swimmingworld.com.
Let’s move on to our new poll question. The USA Swimming nationals picked the team for the Pan Pacific championships, and we had some great swims led by Katie Ledecky’s world record in the 400 free and some winning times that were not as fast as expected. We’re interested to know your impression of the meet. Did you think overall that it was a fast meet, an OK meet or a slow meet? Go to swimmingworld.com and vote in the poll on the right side of the page. We’ll bring you the results on our next show.