Juniors Post Strong Showing at Beijing World Cup


Fourth-place finishes from Ella Eastin (Irvine, Calif.) and Katie McLaughlin (Dana Point, Calif.) highlighted a number of strong performances by USA Swimming’s Junior World Cup at this week’s FINA World Cup stop in Beijing.

Eastin finished fourth in the 400m individual medley Thursday with at time of 4:33.53. Wednesday she qualified for three finals, finishing sixth in the 200m IM, seventh in the 100m fly and eighth in the 200m free.

McLaughlin raced to fourth in the 200m fly Thursday in 2:08.54.

In total, the U.S. juniors recorded nearly 20 top-eight finishes in Beijing. Brooke Zeiger (Cumberland, R.I.) contributed three of those, finishing seventh in the 200m IM and 400m IM, and eighth in the 200m breast. In Eastin (fourth), Zeiger (seventh) and Becca Mann (Homer Glenn, Ill.), who was fifth, Americans accounted for three of the top-eight finishers in the 400m IM.

National Team members Eugene Godsoe (Greensboro, N.C.), Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif.) and Tom Shields (Huntington Beach, Calif.) also continued their runs of solid international swims. Godsoe swept the 50m, 100m and 200m backstrokes with times of 23.07, 50.15 and 1:51.29, respectively.

Ervin was second in the 50m free in 21.07, while Shields was second in the 100m fly in 49.45 and third in the 50m fly in 22.78.

This trip marks the third consecutive year USA Swimming has sent a top team of juniors to face top international competition at FINA World Cup events with demonstrated benefits for these swimmers’ development.

Roughly 94 percent of the 2011 and 2012 18-and-under World Cup athletes have gone on to represent the U.S. at other international competitions with 75 percent earning medals. In the last two years, five of these athletes have competed at either the Olympic Games or FINA World Championships, with four winning an individual or relay medal.

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