By Reach for the Wall staff
Early in September, USA Swimming announce the rosters for the 2019-2020 National teams. The full USA Swimming National Team and Junior National Team rosters and are maintained at the USA Swimming website. The 2019-2020 USA Swimming National Team features the top six athletes with the highest World Rankings in individual Olympic Events. Qualifying times come from USA Swimming or FINA sanctioned meets from January 1, 2019 through August 25, 2019. The 2019-2020 USA Swimming Open Water National Team is comprised of the athletes selected to compete at the 2019 FINA Open Water World Championship, which took place in July in Yeosu, South Korea. Remaining positions were filled based on results from the 2019 USA Swimming 10K National Championships.
PVS swimmers on the National Team:
- Katie Ledecky– NCAP/Stanford, one of six athletes that made the team in 4 different events, as she will represent in the 200-, 400-, 800- and 1500-meter Freestyle.
- Phoebe Bacon– NCAP, qualified in the 100 Backstroke
- Torri Huske – AAC, qualified in the 100 Butterfly
- Andrew Seliskar– NCAP/Cal, qualified in the 200 Freestyle
- Jack Conger– NCAP/UVa pro, qualified in the 100 Butterfly
PVS swimmers on the Junior National Team:
- Madelyn Donohoe– The FISH, 800, 1500 Freestyle
- Paige McKenna– NCAP, 800, 1500 Freestyle
- Anna Keating– Machine, 200 Breaststroke
- Chase Travis– NCAP, Open Water 10k
- Blake Manoff– NCAP/Virginia Tech, 100 Butterfly
A few PVS swimmers and NCAP coach, Bruce Gemmell, had the opportunity to represent the U.S. as they competed in Budapest, Hungary at the World Junior Championships from August 20-25. We followed along online and via Twitter: #FINAJuniors , here’s a rundown of how they did:
- Torri Huske-AAC: won Gold in the 100 Butterfly , Gold in the 50 Butterfly, Silver in the 100 Freestyle, Gold as a member of the 4 x 100 Freestyle Relay, Gold as a member of the 4 x 100 Medley Relay (Butterfly), Gold as a member of the mixed 4 x 100 Medley Relay (Butterfly)
- Erin Gemmell-NCAP: won Gold as a member of the 4 x 200 freestyle relay
- Chase Travis– NCAP: won Bronze in the 1500 Freestyle , and placed 4th in the 800 Freestyle
- Anna Keating-Machine: placed 11th in the 200 Breaststroke
- Paige McKenna– NCAP: placed 6th in the 1500 Freestyle
- Blake Manoff-NCAP/Va Tech: placed 6th in the 100 Butterfly, 8th in the 50 Butterfly, won Silver as a member of the 4 x 100 Medley Relay (Butterfly)
Further, USA Swimming provides an opportunity for swimmers aged 14-16 to come together and train at the National Select Camp. The swimmers were selected based on their times (Long course only) swum from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019. A total of 96 swimmers, 48 male and 48 female were selected to participate. The fastest three eligible athletes in each event are invited, 6 additional females and 6 additional males were then selected based on their individual IMX Power Point scores. The 6 highest scoring age 14-15 females, (not previously selected for an individual event) and the 6 highest scoring age 15-16 males, (not previously selected for an individual event), were invited. Athletes who are on or have been on any National Teams/National Juniors Teams or USA Swimming international trips, including the 2017, 2018 and/or 2019 National Junior team were not eligible for the National Select Camp. The camps are held by gender at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, with the Female camp scheduled for October 10-13 and the Male camp on October 24-27.
PVS Swimmers invited:
- Noah Rutberg- NCAP, 200 Backstroke
- Anthony Grimm- Mason Makos, 100 Back
- Camille Spink- NCAP, 100 Freestyle
- Caroline Bentz- NCAP, 100 Backstroke
- Eleanor Sun -NCAP, 400 IM
Coaches: Congratulations to NCAP’s Mary Dowling for her selection to join the Female camp staff!!!