PVS Swimmers earn Scholastic All American

By: Reach for the Wall staff

Congratulations goes out to these PVS athletes who were named by USA Swimming to its 2017-2018 Scholastic All America Team.  The application process was open from June 1-August 15th, with awardees announced in early September. This year was the first that 9th graders were eligible to apply for the recognition,  SwimSwam reported that of the 1,622 (815 boys, 807 girls), 239 were freshmen!

USA Swimming 2017-2018 ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

  • Grade completion requirement – applicant must have completed 9th, 10th 11th or 12th grade
  • GPA Requirement – minimum 3.5 GPA for the current academic year
    • A=4, B=3, C=2. If numerical grades are used, the following scale will be used unless the school’s letter grade conversion is given on the transcript: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79. In calculating the GPA no rounding will be used – one decimal place only.
    • Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual credit college level academic courses will earn one half (.5) extra Grade Point. Grades for academic subjects only are calculated – history/social studies, English, mathematics, sciences, foreign languages, computer sciences, visual and performing arts if indicated as academicA grade lower than a C in an academic subject will mean automatic rejection of the applicant. Grades for non-academic courses will NOT be calculated – art, band, choir, orchestra, health, driver education, physical education, and any other class marked non-academic on a transcript.
    • There will be no special status designation for a 4.0 GPA other than for a national champion who also has a 4.0 GPA.
  • Pool Requirements
    • Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to a 2017 Winter Junior qualifying time in any individual event during the SAA qualifying period (August 16, 2017 – August 15, 2018) with qualifying times in SWIMS – list of times are posted on the USA Swimming website. A qualifying time will be available for selection from the SWIMS database during the application process. Only ONE time is necessary and only ONE application is necessary.
  • Disability or Open Water Requirements (for athletes without pool requirements)
    • Applicants must have competed in one of the following meets:
      2017 Can-Am Open – December 15-17, 2017, Charlotte, NC
      2018 World Para – April 19-21, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
      2018 Open Water National Championships – May 11-13, 2018, Tempe, AZ

The Eastern Zone had 410 swimmers recognized, a big jump from the 287 recognized last year, 72 (or 17%) of whom were PVS swimmers.  NCAP had the most swimmers in the list with 33, followed by Machine with 10, and RMSC with 7.

PVS swimmers who were named as USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans.

Eastern Zone swimmers who were named as USA Swimming Scholastic All-Americans.

The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) also recognizes athletes for their accomplishments in the school. Their award is limited to graduating seniors, with the following qualifications (more stringent on the academics, less restrictive on the swimming/diving):

Have a minimum GPA of 3.750 on a 4 point scale, or 93.7500% of the grade scale your school uses for 7 semesters/11 trimesters. GPA may not be rounded up. (Your school’s grade scale is determined by the point value awarded a regular, non-weighted “A”;

Be a graduating senior

Have lettered in your high school program (swimming, diving, or water polo) your senior year. A copy of your transcript is required.

Boys Full list

Swimmers/Divers from the DMV:

Taylor Barmak Riverside High School Leesburg VA Swim
Jason Bookstaver James Madison High School Vienna VA Swim
Conor Casey W. T. Woodson High School Fairfax VA Dive
Raymond Chin Riverside High School Leesburg VA Swim
Ian Cobb James Madison High School Vienna VA Swim
Jacob Foster St Stephens & St Agnes School Alexandria VA Swim
Jack Galbraith James Madison High School Vienna VA Swim
Quentin Hughes James Madison High School Vienna VA Swim
Bennett Jackins James Madison High School Vienna VA Swim
John Lind Riverside High School Leesburg VA Swim
Jonathan Peters Osbourn High School Manassas VA Swim
Ryan Shoeb Osbourn High School Manassas VA Swim

Girls Full List

Swimmers/Divers from the DMV:

Bella Bulhoes James Madison High School Vienna VA Swim
Erin Crowley James Madison High School Vienna VA Dive
Julia Downing James Madison High School Vienna VA Swim
Grace Feuchter James Madison High School Vienna VA Dive
Shannon Foster St Stephens & St Agnes School Alexandria VA Swim
Genevieve Gemond James Madison High School Vienna VA Swim
Rachael Holp James Madison High School Vienna VA Swim
Madeline LaPorte James Madison High School Vienna VA Swim
Patricia Matyas Osbourn High School Manassas VA Swim
Anna Miller James Madison High School Vienna VA Swim
Sidney Miralao James Madison High School Vienna VA Swim
Elaine Shoeb Osbourn High School Manassas VA Swim

Reach for the Wall is proud to recognize these scholar-athletes and congratulates the swimmers on their achievement, as well as their coaches and parents for their outstanding support.

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