USC Swimming's Daniel Matheson Named to U.S. National Junior Team
USC freshman Daniel Matheson has been named to the 2021-22 U.S. National Junior Team, USA Swimming announced Monday, Oct. 18.
A native of Peoria, Ariz., Matheson earned his spot on the roster with his performance at the 2020 Olympic Trials Wave II where he competed in both the 800 (8:05.09) and 1500 LCM free (15:30.09).
Matheson attended Sunrise High School and prepped with the Scottsdale Aquatic Club where he was a two-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and owned six junior national standards.
He's one of two swimmers on the roster within the 800 LCM free event and one of five within the 1500 LCM free.
Matheson competed in three individual events in USC's season-opening victory at home this past weekend, finishing fourth in the 500y free (4:22.06), 400y IM (3:53.83) and 1650y free (15:18.99).
To be eligible for selection, athletes had to be 18 years or younger and eligible to represent the U.S. in international competition on September 1, 2021.
The performance criteria to select the National Junior Team include the top two athletes in each individual Olympic event, as well as additional female athletes who have a World Ranking within, and including, the top 75 in an individual Olympic event and additional male athletes who have a World Ranking within, and including, the top 100 in an individual Olympic event that have ALSO achieved a time faster or equal to the established time standards.
Athletes will remain named to the National Junior Team until August 31, 2022.
Matheson is not the only Trojan with USA Swimming ties as in September sophomore Kaitlyn Dobler was named to the U.S. National Team Roster for 2021-22.