Junior Nationals

Junior Nationals


Carson Sand from EBAT joined fellow EBA team mates Lyon Zhang and Megan Crook from MSJA to participate in USA Swimming’s Short Course Junior Nationals on Dec 11, 12, & 13th. All three East Bay Aquatic Swimmers represented their teams with excellent performances up at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Washington.

Carson started the meet off great with a 1:50.08 in the 200 IM, just missing the cut to make finals – he was 2nd alternate. Because his 50 free was less than 5 minutes after his 200 IM, he scratched it and swam it about an hour later in time trials. He came out with a 21.28 which is his fastest time with touch pads. He was off to a great start for day one.

On day two, Carson swam the 100 breast and went a 54.35 in prelims to put him in 3rd place going into finals. He was the Junior National meet record holder for that event immediately after his swim. Unfortunately, a swimmer in the very next heat broke that record. Carson can say that he was a Junior National meet record holder at one time. Congrats! Later that evening in finals Carson swam placed 3rd with a 54.09. It was a great race and can be seen with this link:

Here is the award ceremony for the 100 breast:

On the final day, Carson swam the 200 breast and again got 3rd in prelims with a 1:59.08. He came back that night and dropped to a 1:58.09 and moved up to 2nd place. The race isn’t posted, but the award ceremony is:


The meet was very exciting to say the least. As a team, we had some great swims. East Bay Aquatics came out 20th place on the men’s side! We were able to witness the 1st ever world record to get broken at a Junior National’s swim meet. The lead off swimmer for the women’s 400 freestyle relay broke the 100 free short course record. Here’s the link:


As you might be able to gather on the videos, the excitement at that indoor pool made the meet extra fun. It’s quite an accomplishment to make it onto the national stage in this sport. When you get to the meet you are in the company of the fastest 18 & Under swimmers in the country and sometimes there are over 100 swimmers in a single event. Getting through prelims as a top 24 finalist is quite exciting. Making the podium (top 3) is what everyone there is hoping to do and requires the swimmer to first qualify in the top 8 after prelims. Carson was able to do this in both of his strongest events and really made an impact at the meet for himself and East Bay Aquatics!

Congratulations Carson! Awesome swimming! Great racing!