CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard men's swimming and diving first-year Will Grant has been named to the 2019-20 USA Swimming Men's National Junior Team. Grant made the roster in the 100 and 200 backstroke.
To qualify for the Men's National Junior Team, athletes must rank in the top two of an individual Olympic event or hold a world ranking within the top 100.
A native of Waco, Texas, Grant was one of two Americans to make the squad in the 100 back after his 54.39 effort at the 7th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. His time ranked 57th in the world and he will be joined on the team by Wyatt Davis, who owned the 42nd-fastest time worldwide (54.14).
As for the 200 back, Grant was one of five U.S. swimmers to make the team in the event and had the third-best time among the group. Grant registered a mark of 1:59.92 at the Phillips 66 National Championships to rank 76th in the world. Other national team members include Davis (41st nationally), Ian Grum (47th), Peter Larson (86th) and Tim Gallagher (90th).
Prior to arriving at Harvard, Grant qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100 back and helped set the world junior record in the mixed 4x100-meter medley relay at the aforementioned FINA event.
Grant and the Crimson will look to defend its Ivy League title for a fourth straight season in 2019-20. The new campaign is set to commence on Nov. 9, when Duke and Texas A&M visit Blodgett Pool for a 10 a.m. clash.