USA Swimming Announces 72-Strong National Junior Team for 2022-23

Justina Kozan; Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

USA Swimming Announces 72-Strong National Junior Team for 2022-23

USA Swimming on Monday revealed the 72 athletes comprising the National Junior Team for the 2022-23 season.

The roster includes 37 boys and 35 girls. It includes most of the squad that helped the U.S. to 19 gold and 46 total medals at last month’s Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

The full team roster is here

In total, 61 clubs and 26 states are represented. California leads the way with nine swimmers, while City of Richardson Swim Team in Texas leads the way among club with three swimmers (Giovanni Linscheer, Levi Sandidge and Campbell Chase).

Of the 72 athletes, 47 have represented the U.S. internationally; 43 are first-timers. Five swimmers – Lucy Bell, Keaton Jones, Justina Kozan, Claire Tuggle and Natalie Manion – have been on the National Junior Team for at least the last three years. Kozan and Maximus Williamson are the only swimmers to qualify in four events each.

Among the team’s headliners are Junior Pan Pacs stars Thomas Heilman, Anna Moesch, Zhier Fan and Maggie Wanazek. A total of 45 swimmers qualified for Olympic Trials in 2021.

“We are very excited to welcome the infusion of up-and-coming talent into the National Junior Team Program,” Erik Posegay, USA Swimming National Junior Team Program Director, said in a USA Swimming press release. “The ‘22-’23 team features numerous medalists from our 2022 Mel Zajac and Junior Pan Pacific Championships teams, as well as some fresh faces ready to make an impact this coming year. It will be exciting to build off our first full year returning to international competition and using that experience to propel us forward to next summer. It was great to see 12 National Junior Team members from the ‘21-’22 squad move on to the National Team this year, and we hope to see that number continue to grow year after year.”

The team does not include any swimmers who competed at the World Championships in 2022 or any swimmers that qualified for the 2022-23 National Team. Full selection criteria are available here.

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1 year ago

Where are the men?