COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – University of Alabama freshman Hunter Hinson has earned a place on the United States National Youth Team the sport's governing body, USA Swimming, announced this week.
"We're very proud of what Hunter has accomplished to this point in his career and that he has earned a place on the U.S. team," UA head coach Eric McIlquham said. "We're also looking forward to seeing what he can accomplish as part of the Crimson Tide. He has a tremendous career ahead of him."
The mission of the National Youth Team is to identify the top swimmers in the United States ages 13-18 and support their development and preparation to eventually represent the United States in the Olympic Games. The 2009-10 National Youth team is made up of 105 of the nation's top young swimmers.
Hinson, who made the finals of the 200-meter butterfly at this summer's U.S. Senior National Championships in Irvine, Calif., hails from Cairo, Ga. A three-time high school All-American, Hinson holds four Georgia Independent School Association state records.
Hinson's fellow Tide freshman Callan Buck made her Team USA debut earlier this month when she dove at the World Junior Championships, finaling off the 3-meter board. Hinson and Buck, along with their Alabama teammates get the collegiate season underway at home Saturday, Oct. 19 against Auburn in the Alabama Aquatic Center.