Local Swimmer Earns Team USA Roster Spot

Sacramento Region, CA  |  By Wendi Zales
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Amalie trains with DART Swimming at Sacramento under Brian Nabeta. Photo courtesy Wendi Zales - DART

Sacramento Region, CA (MPG) - Based on the results at the U.S. National Championship, Amalie Fackenthal, 17, from DART Swimming at Sacramento made the Team USA roster for the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, which will be hosted by USA this year, at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis on August 23-28.  

Amalie was selected based on her 100m freestyle performance at the Phillip 66 U.S. National Championships / World Championship Trials last week where she posted a 55.61 second swim, tying for 3rd place overall amongst all 17 & under female swimmers.

USA will field a team of 24 women and 19 men total at the World Junior Championship.   Nearly 800 athletes from 167 countries are expected to compete in this six-day meet, which "will feature an early look at young athletes who will vie for positions on their respective nations’ Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games teams”, according to FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation), the governing body for aquatics worldwide.

Also at U.S. Nationals, Amalie placed 13th overall (all ages) in the 50m Fly event with a time of 27.02. She was 2nd amongst the 17 & Under girls.    

Amalie trains with DART Swimming at Sacramento under Brian Nabeta.

Most recently during the spring high school season, Amalie swam for Sacramento Country Day High School Swim Team. The Country Day high school team was also coached by Brian Nabeta, and won State titles in both the 50 yard and 100 yard Freestyle at the CIF State Swimming and Diving Championships, setting a new State meet record in the 50 yard Freestyle. 

Amalie is a Senior. She has been swimming under the DART at Sacramento coaches since she was 9.  

Source: DART Swimming-Sacramento