ORLANDO, Florida, March 25. THE National Club Swimming Association continues to grow its flagship event, the spring junior nationals, with this year’s edition bringing 1,700 swimmers to Orlando. Jersey Wahoos head coach John Carroll, the president of the NCSA board of directors, says the organization is not closed to the idea of letting the meet get even bigger.
In this SwimmingWorld.TV interview, Carroll reflects on the 2014 meet and the top swimmers who continue to make it a standout competition. In terms of the number of swimmers in the meet, Carroll said options are open to either tighten the qualifying standards to keep numbers down, or run a second meet with a goal of making sure the quality of competition is not diminished.
One meet that Carroll knows will be capped is the long course junior nationals, but in its second year he expects it to continue to grow as more teams put it on their race schedules. He also talks about the future of the NCSA and the opportunities it provides to 18-and-under swimmers in the United States. This year, a group of swimmers and coaches will attend an altitude training camp in Colorado Springs, but a return trip to Ireland is in the works for 2015.
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