Wednesday and Thursday will feature the preliminary rounds, while on Friday every single athlete will be participating in the Figures Competition.

For the Youth Age group, the athletes have the Figures event, which is comparable to the Technical Routine events on the Junior and Senior Programs.  Each athlete will be judged on their performance of four predetermined figures. The score received will be added to the scores received for their preliminary routine scores to determine the top-12 routines for the final rounds on Saturday and Sunday.

In 2015, FINA opened the door for male athletes to compete in Artistic Swimming with the addition of the Mixed Duet event to the FINA World Championships programme.  Since then, the presence of males has brought a different – and exciting – energy to the routines and competitions.

In 2019, at the first edition of the FINA World Youth Artistic Swimming Championships in Slovakia, the Mixed Duet event was already on the programme. However, in another positive development for the sport, this edition’s event includes the Male Solo event. Additionally, in the Combination event teams are allowed to include up to two male athletes.

One of the pioneers of male competitors in Artistic Swimming, Bill May, will be present in Charlotte this week where he will be the commentator for the live broadcast.

Another change in store for the Artistic Swimming community is the new scoring systems that have been proposed and slated to be approved during the FINA Technical Congresses later this year.

For the past five years, the FINA Innovation Committee together with the FINA Technical Artistic Swimming Committee and many different Artistic Swimming experts has been working on developing the new system which will result in a fairer judging of routines and less predictability in results thus more interesting competitions.

FINA has been hosting Q&A webinars for the Artistic Swimming community worldwide, while there will be a FINA seminar for Coaches and Judges here in Charlotte at the conclusion of this FINA World Youth Championship.

All results can be found on the FINA Website. The schedule for the next 5 days (EST):

Competition Schedule

Wednesday, August, 10
11.05 – 12.20 Solo Free Preliminaries (16)
14.50 – 15.20 Male Solo Free Preliminaries (5)

16.05 – 16.50 Team Free Preliminaries (8)

Thursday, August, 11
10.45 – 12.00 Duet Free Preliminaries (13)
14.30 – 15.15 Mixed Duet Free Preliminaries (8)

16.45 – 17.15 Combination Free Preliminaries

Friday, August, 12
9.30 – 13.00 Figure Session

Saturday, August, 13
11.10 – 12.25 Solo Free & Male Solo Free Final
14.25 – 15.10 Mixed Duet Free Final
16.40 – 17.10 Combination Free Final

Sunday, August, 14
10.30 – 11.45 Duet Free Final
13.45 – 14.30 Team Free Final
14.30 – 15.30 Gala