October 11, 2017
Norman swimmer Even Wagner, 18, of the King Marlin Swim Club has been named a 2016-17 Scholastic All-American by USA Swimming.
Wagner is among 1,100 athletes nationwide who were recently recognized for excelling both in the classroom and in the pool. To be eligible for the award, swimmers must have completed 10th, 11th or 12th grade, earned a 3.5 GPA or higher, and achieved a 2016 Winter Junior National qualifying time during the qualifying period.
A senior at Norman North High School, Wagner takes Advanced Placement coursework and currently has a 4.103 weighted grade point average. He has also achieved two Winter Junior National qualifying times, one in the 100-yard butterfly and one in the 200-yard butterfly.
"I appreciate USA Swimming acknowledging both hard work in the pool and in the classroom. This is where most swimmers spend the majority of their time,” Wagner said. “It is an honor to receive an award that gives recognition to both."
Wagner, who started swimming competitively when he was six years old and is now ranked 5th in the state for men’s swimming, is coached by KMSC Co-Head Coach John Brown.
“Even is a prime example of how preparing for success in swimming directly correlates to academic achievement,” Brown said. “Discipline, goals and structure required on a day-to-day basis to achieve success in the pool are also necessary for success in the classroom.”
KMSC is a competitive USA Swimming team with locations at the Lighthouse in northwest Oklahoma City and Mitch Park YMCA in Edmond. The team was created in spring 2014 by longtime Oklahoma City area coaches Brown, Kathy Mendez and Josh Everett.
-- Laura Callahan; photo by Melissa Rossi