By David Rieder. The World Junior Championships exist to prepare athletes for senior level competitions—the World Championships, the Olympics, etc. Medals are great but a secondary concern. More than anything
By David Rieder. Lilly King blends in well with the U.S. National Junior Team. She’s no taller than most of the girls on the team—and only two years older—and she
By David Rieder. Taylor Ruck led off, and Penny Oleksiak went second. At the halfway point of the women’s 400 free relay final, the Canadian women were already ahead by
By David Rieder. How had they never raced before? They were the two most talented teenage 200 breaststrokers in the country, and somehow, Reece Whitley and Daniel Roy had never
By David Rieder. Nobody even came close. These were two 50-meter races, where margins of victory are far more often fingertips than bodylengths, and Michael Andrew won both by at
By David Rieder. On both the second and third nights of the World Junior Championships, Grace Ariola swam in an individual final. On both nights, things didn’t go quite as
By David Rieder. Just 15 years old, Regan Smith had made an exclusive team, the one consisting of only the two best swimmers in each event in the United States.
By David Rieder. As a 15-year-old in 2015, Taylor Ruck starred at the FINA World Junior Championships in Singapore, winning individual gold medals in both the 100 and 200 free.
By David Rieder. When Andrew Abruzzo dove in for his 400 free heat at the FINA World Junior Championships, he already had a legion of fans—hundreds of local elementary school