Regan Smith and Gianluca Urlando Highlight Winter Junior Nationals West Psych Sheet

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

With the USA Winter Nationals behind us, the swimming world will shift its focus to the junior ranks with the Winter Junior Nationals set to go off on Wednesday. The meet will be split between west and east with the west meet taking place in Austin, Texas, while the east meet will be in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The west meet will feature some big names with national team member Regan Smith in attendance, although she will not be swimming any backstroke events. Instead, she is entered in the 500 free, 200 free, 100 free and 200 fly.

One of USA Swimming’s breakout stars in 2018 was Gianluca Urlando out of California. He placed third in the 200 fly this summer at Nationals, just missing a place on the Pan Pac team. Urlando is a junior in high school and already pledged his verbal commitment to the University of Georgia. Urlando is entered in the 200 IM, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 back, 200 back and 200 fly this weekend.


Top Seeds:


  • 200 Medley Relay: Irvine Novaquatics
  • 800 Free Relay: Magnolia Aquatic Club
  • 500 Free: Regan Smith
  • 200 IM: Zoie Hartman
  • 50 Free: Kaitlyn Dobler
  • 400 Medley Relay: Irvine Novaquatics
  • 400 IM: Gillian Davey
  • 100 Fly: Coleen Gillilan
  • 200 Free: Regan Smith
  • 100 Breast: Kaitlyn Dobler
  • 100 Back: Isabelle Stadden
  • 200 Free Relay: Brea Aquatics
  • 1650 Free: Ashley Strouse
  • 200 Back: Katharine Berkoff
  • 100 Free: Regan Smith
  • 200 Breast: Zoie Hartman
  • 200 Fly: Regan Smith
  • 400 Free Relay: Brea Aquatics


  • 200 Medley Relay: Sierra Marlins
  • 800 Free Relay: North Texas Nadadores
  • 500 Free: Ethan Heasley
  • 200 IM: Shane Blinkman
  • 50 Free: Jack Dolan
  • 400 Medley Relay: Sierra Marlins
  • 400 IM: Ethan Heasley
  • 100 Fly: Gianluca Urlando
  • 200 Free: Jack Dolan
  • 100 Breast: Ethan Dang
  • 100 Back: Gianluca Urlando
  • 200 Free Relay: Tualatin Hills
  • 1650 Free: Luke Thornbrue
  • 200 Back: Ethan Harder
  • 100 Free: Jack Dolan
  • 200 Breast: Ethan Dang
  • 200 Fly: Gianluca Urlando
  • 400 Free Relay: Tualatin Hills

National Junior Team members in attendance:

  • Katharine Berkoff, Missoula Aquatic Club (MT)
  • Alexandra Crisera, Beach Cities Swimming (CA)
  • Ashlyn Fiorilli, Texas Ford Aquatics (TX)
  • Coleen Gillilan, Fort Collins Area Swim Team (CO)
  • Zoie Hartman, Crow Canyon Sharks (CA)
  • Ethan Heasley, Hillsboro Swim Team (OR)
  • Justina Kozan, Brea Aquatics (CA)
  • Lindsay Looney, Metroplex Aquatics (TX)
  • Lillie Nordmann, Magnolia Aquatic Club (TX)
  • AJ Pouch, Team Rebel Aquatics (CA)
  • Kaitlynn Sims, Magnolia Aquatic Club (TX)
  • Regan Smith (NT), Riptide Swim Team (MN)
  • Isabelle Stadden (NT), Aquajets Swim Team (MN)
  • Gianluca Urlando (NT), Dart Swimming (CA)