MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Incoming freshman Pierce Bradshaw of the West Virginia University swimming and diving team was named to the USA National Junior Open Water Team.
Bradshaw is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and qualified after competing at the Open Water Nationals in Castaic Lake, California.
“When they called me to tell me I was selected, I was really excited and ready to face the challenge,” Bradshaw said. “The open water events are my forte. I am looking forward to representing WVU and the United States in Hungary.”
Bradshaw competed on the 1,500-meter long course at Castaic Lake, recording a time of 16:01. The time standard required for qualification was 16:08. His time earned him an 18th place finish overall and fourth among athletes competing under the age of 18.
“I’m excited for Pierce and know it will be a great experience that he will never forget,” said WVU coach Vic Riggs.
The FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships will be held Sept. 5-7, at Lake Balaton in Hungary.
Bradshaw was the No.17-ranked 2014 recruit from North Carolina and swam for coach Bill Davis at Providence Senior High. He recorded top-eight finishes at the 2014 North Carolina High School State Championships in the 500 free and 4x100 free.
Bradshaw will depart for Hungary on Aug. 31 and return on Sept. 8.