Becca Mann Leads Junior World Cup Team in Tokyo
Becca Mann (Homer Glen, Ill.) led USA Swimming’s Junior World Cup team with a third-place finish in the 800m free Saturday at the FINA World Cup stop in Tokyo.
Mann, who finished in 8:18.47 to earn the bronze medal, is one of 18 of the nation’s top 18-and-under swimmers representing the U.S. at FINA World Cup events in Tokyo and Beijing. A complete roster is available here.
Mann also recorded a seventh-place finish Sunday in the 400m free in 4:07.85. Quinn Carrozza (Austin, Texas) also recorded a pair of top-eight finishes on the weekend, taking fourth in the 400m free in 4:04.11 and seventh in the 200m free in 1:56.72.
Additionally, Brooke Zeiger (Cumberland, R.I.) placed sixth in the 400m IM in 4:34.70, and Jay Litherland (Alpharetta, Ga.) took seventh in the 400m IM in 4:08.66.
USA Swimming National Team members Anthony Ervin (Valencia, Calif.), Eugene Godsoe (Greensboro, N.C.) and Tom Shields (Huntington Beach, Calif.) also enjoyed successful meets in Tokyo with five combined podium finishes. Ervin was third in the 100m free in 46.93 and second in the 50m free in 21.10. Godsoe won both the 50m back (23.23) and 100m back (49.87). Shields was second in the 100m fly in 49.49.
The Americans will resume competition this week with the Beijing FINA World Cup stop Wednesday and Thursday. Visit fina.org for complete World Cup information.
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.