USA Swimming recently announced its participants for the 2019 Zone Select Camps, with 225 total athletes being named. The list included several local swimmers who will be participating in the Central Zone Select Camp May 23-26 at the University of Cincinnati.
It’s a great honor considering only 56 swimmers are invited to each of the four select camps.
In each of the four zones of USA Swimming, 28 male and 28 female swimmers were chosen to attend. Selected girls must be 12-13 at the time of performance, and selected boys must be 13-14 years old at the time of performance.
Four swimmers from Ann Arbor qualified: Lily Cramer (Pioneer High School /Club Wolverine); Lucy Mehraban (Emerson/CW); Ben Kurniawan (Skyline HS/CW); and Cam Williston (Pioneer/PCC).
“I’m looking forward to making new friends from all over the central zone and to training with them,” said Williston.
The camp is intended as the first step of the USA Swimming camp progression, with hopes of carrying athletes forward to the National Select Camp and National Junior Team Camp in the future.
Athletes are selected by the following criteria:
- First, the top 14 athletes of each gender are chosen based on their 2018 Long Courses Meters (LCM) IMX Point Scores
- The fastest swimmer in each Zone in each of the 14 Olympic events are chosen.
- If the top-ranked swimmer in an event was already chosen based on their IMX score, then the next-ranked swimmer in that event will be invited.
Athletes can attend either the Diversity Select Camp or the Zone Select Camp in the same year, though athletes can be chosen for one of those camps and the Open Water Select Camp. Athletes can only select each camp type once in their careers.
MAIN PHOTO: Cam Williston / by Martha Wagner