By: Reach for the Wall Staff; Data and recognition criteria provided by PVS
Potomac Valley Swimming (PVS) fosters recognition programs for their member athletes that highlight both their academic and in-water success. In November 2018, PVS announced their outstanding Academic Athletes (considering both academic and in-water accomplishments), and just this week announced their Outstanding Athlete for each age group (in-water accomplishments).
In September, we published the USA Swimming and NISCA criteria for Academic All-American, the following is the criteria for achieving PVS Academic recognition:
Open to all PVS/USA Swimming athletes who:
1. Have completed grade 9, 10, 11 or 12 during 2017-2018;
2. Have attained a 3.5 or higher grade point average (GPA) for the 2017-2018 school year; AND
3. Have achieved a 3.5, or higher, Event Standard Average in a minimum of five events. Conversions: A, AA, AAA, AAAA = 4 pts. B, BB = 3 pts. Any Slower Time = 2 pts. A maximum of two (2) ‘B’ times or one (1) ‘C’ time are permitted.
The GPA requirement is for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. An applicant can have a GPA lower than 3.5 in a specific grading period, so long as the year-long GPA is 3.5 or greater. Per the PVS Board, modifications to these criteria will be considered to allow Athletes attending Fairfax County Schools to be judged on an equal basis with Athletes from other School Districts. Furthermore, Home‐Schooled Athletes shall be eligible to participate, provided that their Application is reviewed and approved by a Committee appointed by the PVS Board.
The November announcement contained 409 athletes representing 24 PVS member clubs. NCAP had the largest number of recognized athletes with 137.
The PVS Outstanding Athlete Awards are made annually to a male and female athlete in each single age group from 9-18 and Open. Each athlete requires a nomination from their coach, nominations for the 2017-2018 season opened November 1 and concluded November 30th 2018. Here’s the rundown of how a swimmer is qualified for a nomination (criteria provided by PVS):
- The qualification period is from September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018.
- Nominations for this award must be submitted by a PVS Coach member.
- An athlete may only be nominated for one award even if he or she was two different ages during the qualification period. The nominating coach selects the age.
- The accomplishments presented in the nomination must have been achieved in the specific age group for which recognition is sought and achieved during the qualification period.
- Only individual accomplishments will be considered, no relay accomplishments.
- Additional USA Swimming/PVS accomplishments may include FINA World Record, USA-S National/Junior Team Member, USA-S Open Water National Championships, FINA World Rankings, USA-S Representation at International Meets, USA-S Trials Class Meet Participation/Qualification, National IMX Rankings, etc. No accomplishments from club sponsored, high school, or summer league meets are to be included.
- Voting will be in person at the Competition Committee Meeting on January 9, 2019. Ballots will be sent out by email in advance of the meeting.
The voting occurred as advertised at the last Competition Committee Meeting on January 9th, with the stipulations that each club will have one vote (ballot containing all age categories) and a club representative must be in attendance to cast the ballot. The results show that in some of the age categories, the choice was fairly clear-cut (for example, the Open Female winner), in other age categories, there were up to 4 nominees eligible. Congratulations to the winners as well as all those nominated!!
Here’s the list of winners as posted on the PVS website:
|9 yr old girl||Elizabeth Bryan||MACH|
|9 yr old boy||Christopher DeVito||NCAP|
|10 yr old girl||Gloria Kuang||DRAG|
|10 yr old boy||Aaron Jia||DRAG|
|11 yr old girl||Emma Redman||FISH|
|11 yr old boy||Adriano Arioti||RMSC|
|12 yr old girl||Eleanor Sun||NCAP|
|12 yr old boy||Michael Mullen||NCAP|
|13 yr old girl||Erin Gemmell||NCAP|
|13 yr old boy||Landon Gentry||NCAP|
|14 yr old girl||Paige McKenna||NCAP|
|14 yr old boy||Brett Feyerick||NCAP|
|15 yr old girl||Phoebe Bacon||NCAP|
|15 yr old boy||Anthony Grimm||NCAP|
|16 yr old girl||Madelyn Donohoe||FISH|
|16 yr old boy||Philip Manoff||NCAP|
|17 yr old girl||Emily Hetzer||OCCS|
|17 yr old boy||Sean Conway||NCAP|
|18 yr old girl||Cassidy Bayer||NCAP|
|18 yr old boy||Brandon Hamblin||NCAP|
|open female||Katie Ledecky||NCAP|
|open male||Jack Conger||NCAP|
Also, PVS recognized the fastest swimmers in each of the following distance events:
|NCAP||08:37.86||2018 Pan |
|Men 1500M Free||Stuart |
Summer Sr Champ
|NCAP||14:55.50||2018 ACC |
Lastly, PVS recognized the fastest 18 & Under swimmer in any of the above events if the primary winner is older than 18:
|FISH||09:37.78||2017 PV |
Congratulations to all the athletes that achieved recognition, it shows your hard work and dedication to both your academic and in-water activities!