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Thursday, October 13, 2022

USA Swimming Announces 2021-22 Scholastic All-America Team


USA Swimming today announced the full list of 2021-2022 Scholastic All-America recipients. The lists consist of 1,281 athletes in 9-12th grade who maintained a minimum 3.5 grade point average (GPA) and meet any of the competition criteria* during the qualifying period of September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022.

The 595 girls and 686 boys were led by Katie Grimes (Las Vegas, Nevada/Sandpipers of Nevada), Erin Gemmell (Pontomac, Maryland/Nations Capital Swim Club) and Baylor Nelson (Huntersville, North Carolina/SwimMAC Carolina), the only athletes who earned perfect scores due to being an event champion and maintaining a 4.0 GPA. Grimes earned her championship in the 10-kilometer at the Open Water National Championships, Gemmell in the 400m freestyle at the Phillips 66 National Championships and Nelson in the 200m individual medley at the 2021 U.S. Open.

Eleven athletes with disabilities reached this honor, marking the second year where athletes with disabilities can qualify for this program. Five open water athletes are also included among this year’s honorees.

North Carolina Swimming has led all Local Swimming Committees (LSCs) in Scholastic All-America selects, this year with 99 athletes. The top-two clubs with individual athletes receiving this honor, SwimMAC Carolina (28 athletes) and TAT Titans (24 athletes), both came from North Carolina. A full breakdown of selections can be found below.

Athlete Numbers

  • Successful applications: 1,281
    • Girls: 595
    • Boys: 686
  • Seniors with three or four years of elections: 114
  • Open water athletes: 5
  • Athletes with disabilities: 11
  • Athletes by zone:
    • Southern: 397
    • Eastern: 314
    • Western: 301
    • Central: 268
  • Athletes by grade:
    • 9th: 116
    • 10th: 331
    • 11th: 468
    • 12th: 316

LSC and Club Numbers:

  • Top LSCs:
    • North Carolina Swimming: 99
    • Southern California Swimming: 79
    • Florida Swimming: 72
    • Pacific Swimming: 57
    • Middle Atlantic Swimming: 51
    • Virginia Swimming: 51
  • Top Clubs:
    • SwimMAC Carolina: 28
    • TAT Titans: 24
    • Nation’s Capital Swim Club: 18
    • Bolles School Sharks: 17
    • Aquajets Swim Team: 16
    • NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc.: 16
    • Rockville Montgomery Swim Club: 16

All athletes will receive certificates and a bag tag. Three- and four-time honorees will receive a special gift. All awards will be shipped this fall.

Congratulations to all these scholar-athletes on their achievement, as well as the coaches and parents who help support our athletes every day.

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* Pool swimmers: Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to or faster than the 2022 Winter Junior National qualifying time in any individual event during the Scholastic All-America qualifying period.

Open water swimmers: Applicants must have swum an induvial pool time equal to or faster than the 2022 Winter Junior National qualifying time in the 800, 1000, 1500 or 1650 freestyle during the Scholastic All-America qualifying period with the qualifying times in SWIMS and participate in the Open Water National Championships held on April 1-3, 2022.

Swimmers with disabilities: Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to or faster than the 2022 Swimmers with Disabilities Scholastic All-America time standards in any individual event noted within their self-reported P1, P2 or P3 grouping during the Scholastic All-America qualifying period with qualifying times in SWIMS.

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