USA Swimming recently revealed the individuals who will be honored at the second-annual 18 & Under World 100. The event aims at acknowledging the country’s swimmers for their excellent performance in 2017. Individuals who are nominated to participate must be 18 years and below. Some of the athletes who made it to the list include Robert Finke and Regan Smith who were team members of the 2017 FINA World Championships.
The first 50 men and women were chosen by considering their most significant achievements in the under 18 world rankings in a single Olympic event. The combined list of the 18 & Under World 100 will comprise of a total of 100 individuals. The swimmers are eligible to take part in the competition must have qualified to represent the country internationally as of September 1, 2017. A few high school students made it to the 2017 World 100 List even though they had never represented the country in international games. These individuals have qualified to be part of the USA Swimming team that will participate in the 2018 Mel Zajac Junior International competition that will be held in Vancouver.
Honorees of 18 & Under World 100 of 2016 made their international debut by participating in the 2017 Mel Zajac Jr. International. Some of these athletes include Kieran Smith, Kate Douglass, and Alex Sumner who are FINA World Junior Championships swimmers and Dakota Luther of the FINA World Championships team. Individuals who will participate in the competition are offered 18 & World 100 commemorative certificates.