SPA honored in USA Swimming's first-ever 18 & Under World 100 Program


USA Swimming has announced the honorees for a new program called the 18 & Under World 100, recognizing many of the nation’s top 18-and-under swimmers for their performances in Olympic events in 2016.

The honorees include St. Petersburg Aquatics swimmer Robert Finke, who tied for eighth nationally with a time of 15:05.29 in the 1500-meter freestyle. The complete 18 & Under World 100 can be found online here. Swimmers named to the 18 & Under World 100 must be age 18 or under on Sept. 1, 2016.

The top ranked 50 men and top ranked 50 women were selected according to their highest 18 & under world ranking in an individual Olympic event. The combined lists make up the 18 & Under World 100. Athletes must be registered USA Swimming members at the time of the qualifying performances and must be eligible to represent the U.S. in international competition as of Sept. 1, 2016.

Athletes will receive a commemorative 18 & World 100 certificate, and will be listed among the cap-exempt swimmers for the 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series.

SPA head coach Fred Lewis and all coaches of the 18 & World 100 swimmers will be invited to the USA Swimming National Team Coaches Seminar in Colorado Springs and are eligible for USA Swimming’s Coach Enrichment Program.

Selection procedures for the 18 & Under World 100 were unveiled earlier this year and can be found online at A webinar outlining the selection procedures is also available here.

A full listing of 18-and-under world rankings will be available at in the near future.