SEVEN teenagers, one boy and six girls, will be making their debut at a multi-sports event when they join seasoned campaigners Michael Wright, Arthur Li Kai-yin and Robyn Lamsam in the swim team for the East Asian Games next month. National coach Bill Sweetenham has named the very inexperienced team after only the three elite swimmers beat the qualifying standards laid down by the Hongkong Amateur Swimming Association. Craig Li Tsz-tsun was picked for coming close to the standard while the girls - Caroline Ng Ka-yan, Lung Eng-ting, Wendy Tang Mei-kin, Anne Chau Man-chi, Snowie Pang and Katie Lau King-ting - are to join Lamsam in the freestyle and relay teams. ''Something was very wrong with our development programme a couple of years ago as there is a very big gap in the standard between the 14-year-olds and the 17-year-olds now,'' said Sweetenham, who came only two years ago. ''Robyn is the only exception, and now we must give the younger swimmers as much chance as possible and hopefully they can pick up from there.'' The qualifying standards set by the swimming association is to achieve 92 points or above in a special scoring system, but it was lowered to 90 for the final selection. Sweetenham, however, pointed out that the other six girls fully deserved their tickets to Shanghai because the top three freestylists and Lamsam scored 94 points as a relay team while the medley quartet scored 95 points. He added: ''Although the girls are picked mainly to make up the relay teams, they will also be put into individual events as we want them to gain from the experience of such high level competition. ''I'm not looking at medals, although in the past Hongkong have won medals in women's relays at Asian Games, because we have two very young teams with an average age of around 15 or 16 years. ''We'll be right up there, and I think we can finish fifth or better. It is pointless even to talk of beating China or Japan when their average age for the relay teams are around 22.'' Sweetenham, a former head coach of the Australian national squad, is not expecting his three top charges to be in the medal hunt either, although Wright was a bronze winner at last year's Asian Championships. He stressed that the swimmers' target is not the East Asian Games but their goal is to win medals at next year's Asian Games in Hiroshima, Japan. ''We have little hopes in the individual events either,'' said Sweetenham, adding: ''Michael is not fit enough as he hasn't committed fully to his training. ''He is already 27 and I can't push him too hard. The East Asian Games are just to get him ticking over to the Asian Games next year. ''Arthur is still in college in the United States and he will not be training with us much, so I doubt if he can have a decent preparation for Shanghai.''