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USA Swimming “remains interested” in hosting the 18 & under Spring Cup again in 2024, depending on the need for more long-course racing next spring. Stock photo via Anne Lepesant
As dual meets finish and prep for conferences start, we thought it would be a good time to check in on the swimmers still undefeated in individual events.
USA Swimming “remains interested” in hosting the 18 & under Spring Cup again in 2024, depending on the need for more long-course racing next spring.
Erika Braun lowered her own 50-54 women’s 100 free record with a 52.55, then split 23.73 on the free leg of NC Masters’ record-breaking 200 medley relay.
If Walsh does not swim at the upcoming Cavalier invite, she will have pulled off an undefeated pre-championship meet season.
Marchand swam his second-fastest 200 breast ever, as well as his third-fastest 200 IM at the ASU-Stanford dual meet on Friday.
January 23rd, 2023
USA Swimming is considering adding spring championship meets for juniors in 2024.
With the COVID-19 pandemic canceling most competitions in 2020, USA Swimming introduced the 18 & under Spring Cup in late April of 2021 with the goal of offering more long-course racing opportunities ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. The meet was held at four sites in Des Moines, Iowa, Richmond, Va., Orlando, Fla., and Irvine, Calif., combining to produce 87 new Olympic Trials cuts.
USA Swimming told SwimSwam that it “remains interested” in hosting the 18 & under Spring Cup again in 2024, but it will depend on the need for more long-course racing next spring.
“Coming out of COVID-19, the Senior Development committee felt that there was a need for more long course opportunities in 2021 and asked for an investment in more meets,” a USA Swimming spokesperson said. “We remain interested in hosting these meets in 2024 to provide more long course racing opportunities for athletes at the Futures level. The committee will monitor the need based on existing and new meet offerings around the country and make the decision as we head into 2024.”
USA Swimming already hosts meets designated for juniors both in early December (yards) and at the end of the summer (long course meters). The National Club Swimming Association (NCSA) is slated to host its spring championship meet in March of 2024, but those races are in yards.
March 2024 NCSA will likely be Short Course Prelims / Long Course Finals (as it was in 04, 08, 12, 16)
Worst format ever.
Maybe USA Swimming should create a SCM championship in spring.
I feel like this would take away from a lot of teams. My team always does travel stuff to sectionals, and if only some went to each meet, then neither of them would be as fun, just me tho
Riley is an associate editor interested in the stories taking place outside of the pool just as much as the drama between the lane lines. A 2019 graduate of Boston College, he arrived at SwimSwam in April of 2022 after three years as a sports reporter and sports editor at newspapers …
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