Following world-class performances over the summer, 83 up-and-coming swimmers were named to the 2019-2020 USA Swimming National Junior Team. Lakeside Swim Team’s Annabel Crush and Mariah Denigan were among those named to the National Junior Team. Lakeside coaches Mike DeBoor and Tony Carroll were also named to the 2019-20 National Junior Team coaches list.
“Looking at this roster, there is a lot to be excited about,” USA Swimming National Junior Team Director Mitch Dalton said. “The talent on this year’s National Junior Team shows that club coaches and athletes are gearing up for an exciting Olympic year. I look forward to seeing what this group can accomplish in Omaha and beyond.”
Annabel had a strong summer season, representing Team USA in Budapest at the FINA World Junior Championships. Team USA’s performance in Budapest is considered one of the most successful international trips in team history. She made finals in the 50 and 100 backstrokes, and won a gold medal as a member of the 4×100 Medley Relay. She finished the season with the 65th fastest time in the world in the 100 backstroke. This her second year being named to the National Junior Team.
Mariah was selected to represent Team USA at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru after her strong performance at the 2018 National Championships. This August in Lima, she competed in four individual events and won a silver medal in the 800 freestyle. She is the only swimmer on the 2019-2020 National Junior Team Roster to make the team in four different events. She finished the season ranked 38th in the world in the 800 freestyle, 46th in the 1500 freestyle, and 56th in the 400 IM. She’s also the highest ranked US National Junior Team swimmer in the Open Water 10K. She was also a member of the 2018-2019 US National Team.