COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, September 16. ONE of the best opportunities available to members of the Junior National team named by USA Swimming is the potential to be named to the FINA World Cup trip roster. This year, 19 swimmers are headed to the FINA World Cup stops in Tokyo and Beijing in November.
With the speed of those on the squad, there’s a strong chance that FINA could save some money in not having to pay these NCAA-bound swimmers prize money (though Paul Powers is the only swimmer on the list to have made a college commitment so far). In sum, the swimmers selected for this tour captured 27 medals at the Junior World Championships earlier this summer. The teams will compete in Tokyo Nov. 9-10 and Beijing Nov. 13-14.
Name Hometown Club
Kathleen Baker Winston-Salem, N.C. SwimMAC Carolina
Quinn Carrozza Austin, Texas Longhorn Aquatics
Ella Eastin Irvine, Calif. SOCAL Aquatics Association
Kaitlin Harty Gardner, Mass. Greenwood Memorial Swim Club
Becca Mann Homer Glen, Ill. Clearwater Aquatic Team
Kathryn McLaughlin Dana Point, Calif. Mission Viejo Nadadores
Kylie Stewart Atlanta, Ga. Dynamo Swim Club
Danielle Valley Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Sarasota YMCA Sharks
Hannah Weiss Mercer Island, Wash. King Aquatic Club
Brooke Zeiger Cumberland, R.I. Bluefish Swim Club
Name Hometown Club
Gunnar Bentz Atlanta, Ga. Dynamo Swim Club
Connor Green Milton, Mass. Bluefish Swim Club
Francis Haas Richmond, Va. NOVA of Virginia Aquatics
Alexander Katz Sarasota, Fla. Sarasota YMCA Sharks
Jay Litherland Alpharetta, Ga. Dynamo Swim Club
Curtis Ogren Menlo Park, Calif. Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics
Corey Okubo Irvine, Calif. Aquazot Swim Club
Paul Powers Clermont, Ga. Splash Aquatic Club
Justin Wright Fresno, Calif. Fresno Dolphins Swim Team
As he has done on previous occasions, Jason Turcotte will serve as head coach of the junior squad. Turcotte is head coach of the Dynamo Swim Club, where Bentz, Litherland and Stewart train.
The 19 junior swimmers will have a great mentor hanging out with them, as Anthony Ervin announced that he is attending all the World Cup meets, including the ones in Tokyo and Beijing.