Ashley Latchford Earns a Spot on Team USA

Debbie Latchford

Once again, another Swimkins athlete has been named to Team USA. In June, Ashley Latchford was named to the Junior National Team training squad. This past September Ashley committed to the team and moved to California, where she is training full time with the top swimmers in the country. 

Training with Team USA is rigorous.  Athletes train up to 8 hours a day, and then they complete online coursework for their high schools. “It is really hard and exhausting, but I like training with the top synchro swimmers in the country and I know I am improving every day,” said Latchford.

Ashley and the USA junior national team will attend several competitions in 2020, both nationally and internationally.  The team’s ultimate goal is to present brand new choreography at the 2020 Junior World Championships, which will be held in Quebec City in August, and place in the top 8 in the world. When asked if she thinks the team can do this, Ashley responded, “Everyone on the team is working so hard everyday to make this happen, and I know we will be successful.”

Ashley Latchford is not the first Swimkins athlete to earn a spot on Team USA. Cassandra Neely competed with the junior team in 2018. Rachel Jager was named to national teams 2014-2017. Taylor Sullivan and Latchford represented Team USA in Chile at the Pan American Age Group Championships in 2017.  This past summer, Mia Canna, Caitlin McNamara, and Jamie Starck swam with the 12 & Under National Team at the Pan American Age Group Championships in Windsor, Canada.

According to head coach Debbie Latchford, Swimkins has recently been very successful at placing swimmers on various national teams. “We have a very talented staff on Swimkins and we do our best to develop elite athletes who have extreme goals and amazing work ethic. Our success speaks for itself.”