September 22, 2019
Congratulations to nine outstanding Montana Swimming athletes named to the 2019 USA Swimming Scholastic All America Team!! These athletes are both fast and smart having achieved both a 2018 Winter Juniors qualifying time or faster and have a 3.5 gpa or higher in academic subjects in the past school year. This is the largest group of Montana Swimming athletes to ever qualify for the Scholastic All America honors!
Three time Scholastic All Americans include:
- Ethan Harder (BAC) completed his senior year attending home school/MSU Billings with a 3.8 gpa.Ethan is an Olympic Trials qualifier.
Two time Scholastic All Americans include:
- Catherine Russo (BMA) who completed her junior year at Butte High School with a 4.0 gpa. Catherine is an Olympic Trials qualifier.
- Parker Keller (HLST) completed his junior year with a 4.0 gpa and attends Helena High School.
First time Scholastic All Americans include:
- Gabrielle Smart (MAC) who completed her senior year at Hellgate High School with a 4.0 gpa.
- Rylee O'Neil (BAC) completed her sophomore year with a 4.0 gpa at home school/MSU Billings.
- Peter Thompson (BAC) has a 3.5 gpa and completed his sophomore year at Billings Senior High School. Peter qualified both as an open water athlete and with a pool qualifying time. Peter is an Olympic Trials qualifier.
- Jack Leuthold (BAC) completed his senior year with a 4.0 gpa.
- Liam Kerns (BAC) completed his sophomore year at Billings Senior with a 3.8 gpa.
- Sawyer Keyes (UN-BAC) completed his senior year at Hellgate High School with a 4.0 gpa.
These athletes will be recognized on the USA Swimming website and each will receive three certificates – one for the swimmer, one for their club, and one for their school. Each member will also receive a commemorative bag tag.
Montana Swimming had six qualifiers in 2018 and five qualifiers in 2017.
Montana Swimming and USA Swimming are proud to recognize these scholar-athletes and congratulate the swimmers on their achievement, as well as their coaches and parents for their outstanding support!
As a member of the USA Scholastic All America subcommittee, I tabulate the Western Zone women's applications. This year there were overall 1634 successful applicants -- 806 girls and 828 boys. The western zone had 406 athletes qualified. This year was the second year freshman could apply for the team and 224 were successful applicants. Southern California and Pacific Swimming were the top LSCs in the western zone with Southern California leading the nation with 106 athletes. Irvine Novaquatics was the top club in the Western Zone.
For 2020 applications will open on June 1. The last day to qualify is August 16, 2020 and applications will close on August 20. Qualifying times are the 2019 Winter Juniors time standards.