USA Swimming Announces Rosters for 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Championships and Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet

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USA Swimming, the National Governing Body of swimming in the United States, today announced the names of 60 athletes who will represent the U.S. internationally this summer at the 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, which take place August 24-27 in Honolulu, Hawaii; or the 2022 Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet, which takes place June 3-5 in Vancouver, Canada.

Headlining the 41-person U.S. roster in Honolulu are National Age Group record holders Erin Gemmell (Potomac, Md./Nation’s Capital Swim Club), Ilya Kharun (Las Vegas, Nev./Sandpipers of Nevada) and Thomas Heilman (Crozet, Va./Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA). Sixteen members of this year’s National Junior Team roster will compete in Hawaii and will look to follow in the footsteps of notable U.S. National Team members who competed at a Junior Pan Pacific Championships such as Michael Andrew, Olivia Smoliga, Alex Walsh and others.

The Junior Pan Pacific Championships roster will be led by head coach Brent Arckey (Sarasota Sharks) and assistant coaches Chuck Batchelor (SwimMAC Carolina), Tom Kleiboeker (Tsunami Swim Team of K.C.), Ginny Nussbaum (Long Island Aquatic Club), Chris Plumb (Carmel Swim Club) and Gary Taylor (Cavalier Aquatics/Piedmont Family YMCA).

Nineteen athletes, all from different clubs, make up the U.S. roster for the 2022 Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet. Baylor Nelson (Huntersville, N.C./SwimMAC Carolina) comes in qualified in five events to lead the U.S. roster, followed by Matthew Chai (La Habra Heights, Calif./FAST Swim Team) and Blair Stoneburg (Jensen Beach, Fla./Treasure Coast Aquatics) who qualified in two events each. The U.S. last sent a roster to the competition in 2019, when Torri Huske and Luca Urlando—who recently qualified for the 2022 FINA World Championships—each won multiple events.

The Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet roster will be led by head coach Abi Liu (Bellevue Club Swim Team) and assistant coach Gunnar Schmidt (Club Wolverine).

Athletes qualified for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships via their swims at the 2022 Phillips 66 International Championships. The Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet roster was selected from times performed from May 1, 2021 through April 30, 2022.

To view the results of the Phillips 66 International Team Trials and to view the roster selection criteria documents, visit https://www.usaswimming.org/event/2022/04/26/default-calendar/Phillips-66-International-Team-Trials.

For more information on the 2022 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, visit https://www.usaswimming.org/event/2022/08/24/default-calendar/junior-pan-pacific-championships.

For more on the 2022 Mel Zajac Jr. International Swim Meet, visit https://www.swimzajac.com/.

The above press release was posted by Swimming World in conjunction with USA Swimming. For press releases and advertising inquiries please contact Advertising@SwimmingWorld.com.

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