After months out of the water, USA Artistic Swimming is thrilled to announce the Junior National Team will officially resume full time training on September 1 or as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in Contra Costa County.
The Junior team was training for the 2020 Junior World Championships, which was set to take place in Canada in August 2020, until the COVID-19 global pandemic pushed the event to 2021. With the postponement, FINA also approved a request to expand the age limit of Junior athletes to 19 for this competition; meaning all current Junior National Team athletes will still be eligible to compete in 2021.
When the team returns in the Fall, they will be the first Junior National Team from the U.S. to ever train together for more than a year. Junior National Team head coach Anna Voloshyna said her young team was progressing rapidly before they were forced into isolation. Knowing she will return her swimmers, Voloshyna is more than ready to have the team back together and in the water, soon.
“We already know each other, and they will be able to grow together even more in this season,” Voloshyna stated. “This team improved a lot during quarantine, and I’m excited to see them come back stronger and more motivated.”
During their time sheltering in place, the Junior National Team did not miss a beat. They joined the Senior National Team and trained virtually for four hours a day, six days a week. The swimmers connected with their competition and athletes and Olympians from other sports around the world. High Performance Manager Lara Teixeira said having this extra year to train with this team will be a blast, and they are more motivated than ever to get back to training.
“We were concerned about the team missing out on the World Championship experience, and so we know they are grateful and will work even harder when they come back,” Teixeira said. “Our time in quarantine was a big reflection time and now we are super happy to have our space back, be back on deck, and in our element.”
With many COVID-19 restrictions in Contra Costa County still in place, the Junior team will start back training on September 1 or as soon as those restrictions in Moraga are lifted. Find more guidelines for returning to training here.