Central Texas swimmers Neil Wachtler and Will Grant recently qualified for the 2015 Winter Junior National Championships, which began Wednesday in Austin and continue through Saturday.

Both swimmers are members of the Heart of Texas Aquatics team (HEAT).

Wachtler, a senior at Midway, picked up his second and third qualifying times of the season at a meet last week in The Woodlands. He will be swimming the 100-meter backstroke, the 200 backstroke, the 400 IM and the 200 IM at the Junior Nationals. Wachtler was the first-ever HEAT member to qualify for Junior Nationals.

Grant, a 14-year-old freshman at Waco High, joined him by qualifying in the 200 backstroke at The Woodlands. Grant will also compete in the 100 backstroke in Austin.

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