Columbus native Michael Brinegar has been picked to represent the United States in the 1,500-meter freestyle in the Junior World Championships, which will be the last week of August at IUPUI’s Indiana University Natatorium.

Brinegar, a former Columbus North student who will be a senior in Mission Viejo, California, placed fifth in the 1,500 freestyle Tuesday on the first day of the U.S. Nationals at the Natatorium.

On Saturday night, the final day of the U.S. Nationals, Brinegar finished 15th in the 800 freestyle in 8 minutes, 3.10 seconds. He was less than a second out of ninth.