Indianapolis Ready to Welcome the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

With 42 rising stars set to represent the United States on their home soil, the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships, presented by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., open in just one week in Indianapolis.

Hosted by USA Swimming and United States Aquatic Sports, the event will be held at the iconic Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI from Aug. 23-28 with daily prelims at 9:30 a.m. Eastern and semifinals and finals at 6 p.m.

All-session, single-day and single-session tickets are on sale now at Single-session tickets start at $10 for children (12 and under) and $15 for adults.

Live television coverage of semifinals and finals will air nightly on the Olympic Channel and via the NBC Sports App in the United States. Prelim coverage will be available via FINAtv. In addition, USA Swimming’s Deck Pass Live show will air twice daily from Indianapolis – following each session – with host Ariana Kukorsand special guests throughout the week. The show will air exclusively on and via Facebook Live.

In addition to watching Team USA’s future stars in the pool, ticket holders will have the opportunity to meet some of the sport’s biggest names. Scheduled autograph sessions, beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET, include:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 23Simone ManuelMadisyn Cox
  • Thursday, Aug. 24Cullen JonesSimone ManuelJordan Wilimovsky
  • Friday, Aug. 25Missy Franklin
  • Saturday, Aug. 26Missy Franklin

In the pool, the U.S. roster is led by four swimmers slated to swim in at least five events: Grace Ariola (Bloomington, Ill./ WAVES Bloomington/Normal Y Swim Team), Regan Smith (Lakeville, Minn./Riptide Swimming), Nicolas Albiero (Louisville, Ky./Cardinal Aquatics) and Michael Andrew (Lawrence, Kan./Race Pace Club). Smith also represented the United States earlier this summer at the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, in the 200-meter backstroke.

On the local front, four swimmers with Indiana ties will represent Team USA in Indianapolis: Indiana native Michael Brinegar (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo Nadadores), Drew Kibler (Carmel, Ind./Carmel Swim Club), Kelly Pash (Carmel, Ind./Carmel Swim Club) and Emily Weiss (Muncie, Ind./Cardinal Community Swim Club). A complete roster is available at

Open to female athletes aged 14-17 and male competitors aged 15-18, the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, presented by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. will be the sixth edition of the prestigious competition which was first held in 2006 in Rio de Janeiro and hosted in 2015 in Singapore. Athletes from nearly 100 countries are expected to compete in the six-day meet.

Nearly 20 members of Team USA’s 2016 Olympic Team competed at past FINA World Junior Championships, including individual medalists Ryan Murphy, Simone ManuelChase KaliszJosh Prenot and Kathleen Baker.

The historic Indiana University Natatorium has been host to some of the biggest swimming competitions contested, including U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Phillips 66 National Championships, Duel in the Pool, arena Pro Swim Series, NCAA Championships and the annual Indiana State High School Association Championships.

About USA Swimming

As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit

Press release courtesy of USA Swimming. 



  1. Linda Hyslop

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  2. Gary Austin

    Go USA 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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    good luck athletes! Although disappointed in the selection of coaches. promote a safe sport?

  4. Jo Murphy

    Good luck Callum – live streaming on FinaTV 😀

  5. Tracy Smart

    Go Callum Smart and all your mates in the Gb 🇬🇧 team

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    Go USA! So good to see so many young atheltes participating!!

Author: Taylor Brien

Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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