2020 US OPEN
This year, the US Open meet will be held in nine different locations across the country to reduce the number of trips and the number of swimmers in one place due to the pandemic.
From the Bay Area to Los Angeles and Southern California to other states like Arizona and Colorado, Irvine’s US Open website will feature big western names.
Olympians for men Jordan Wilimovsky of the Santa Monica team and Zheng Wen Quah with Cal Aquatics are two of the biggest highlights. Nathan Adrian is entered in the psycho sheets, but will not run.
Some of the Pac-12’s best swimmers will race, including Daniel Roy, Real sweetser and Grant Shoults (Alto Swim Club), Grant House, Evan Carlson and Carter Swift (Sun Devil Swimming) and Ivan Puskovitch and Alexei Sancov (USC Aquatics / Unattached). It is noteworthy that the Arizona state roster has been completely re-filled for the 2020-21 NCAA season due to the pandemic. Therefore, Sun Devil swimmers have been focusing on club training since March.
At the higher end of the age spectrum, Breaststroke and Olympics are hopeful Brandon Fischer the Livermore Aquacowboys, the 100 breast top seed, along with the NAG record holder Keaton Jones (Swim Neptune) and age group outstanding Tona tin (SOCAL Aquatics Association).
For the women Erica Sullivan and the Sandpipers of Nevada roster are among the top highlights. Sullivan, the second largest milestone in short-haul history, runs the 200/400/800/1500 for free. Other young distance juggernauts can be seen among their club teammates: Katie Grimes, Bella Sims, Abby Dunford and Paige Kuwata.
The teen stars are going to take effect, and a lot more talent is planned here besides the Sandpiper girls. NAG record holder Claire Tuggle (Santa Maria Swim Club) is one of them, together with the junior world champion Justina Kozan (Mission Viejo Nadadores), participant in the Junior World Championship Ashley Strouse (Scottsdale Aquatic Club) and former NAG record holder Katie Crom (Mission Viejo swimmer).
Next Fort Collins’ Lucy BellTo commit Stanford Samantha Pearson, The Portland Dolphins Kaitlyn Dobler (on the US national team) are all ready for the race. NAG record holder Kayla HanThe only 12-year-old will drive for La Mirada Armada with the USC star Isabelle Odgers (Irvine Novaquatics) and backstroke outstanding Kennedy Noble (YMCA Westside Silver Fins) and Emma Karam (Reno Aquatic Club).