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 2018-2019 Scholastic All America Team.  The application process was open from June 1-August 15th, with awardees announced in early September. This year was the second year that 9th graders were eligible to apply for the recognition,  SwimSwam reported that of the 1,634 (12 more than last year), 828 boys, 806 girls, 224 were freshmen!


  • 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 2018 Winter Junior qualifying time in any individual event during the SAA qualifying period (August 16, 2018 – August 15, 2019) 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:
      2018 Can-Am Open – December 15-17, 2017, Charlotte, NC
      2019 World Para – April 19-21, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
      2019 Open Water National Championships – May 11-13, 2018, Tempe, AZ

The Eastern Zone had 410 swimmers recognized (for the second year in a row!!), 73 (or 18%) of whom were PVS swimmers.  NCAP had the most swimmers in the list with 39, followed by RMSC with 10, Machine with 8, The Fish with 5 and Occoquan with 4.

Here’s the list of 73 PVS swimmers

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:

SebastianBordenBattlefield High SchoolHaymarketVASwim
RyanBreedloveJames Madison High SchoolViennaVASwim
KyleBrownHarrisonburg High SchoolHarrisonburgVASwim
JustinClarkWakefield High SchoolArlingtonVADive
WilliamDanielHarrisonburg High SchoolHarrisonburgVASwim
SamuelEllisonYorktown High SchoolArlingtonVASwim
RileyFletcherWoodberry Forest SchoolWoodberry ForestVASwim
MichaelKeohaneWoodberry Forest SchoolWoodberry ForestVASwim
PatrickKuhlkinJames Madison High SchoolViennaVASwim
ChristopherLucianDeMatha Catholic High SchoolHyattsvilleMDSwim
JacksonMcCummingsRiverside High SchoolLeesburgVASwim
TylerMichaelBattlefield High SchoolHaymarketVASwim
CharlesMooreWoodberry Forest SchoolWoodberry ForestVASwim
ClaireNguyenRiverside High SchoolLeesburgVASwim
MatthewNowakOsbourn High SchoolManassasVASwim
DhruvPillaiFlint Hill SchoolOaktonVASwim
NicholasRuszkowskiJames Madison High SchoolViennaVADive
AliShamaHarrisonburg High SchoolHarrisonburgVASwim
PawonSilpacharnRiverside High SchoolLeesburgVASwim
RyanSohYorktown High SchoolArlingtonVASwim
JackTolarBattlefield High SchoolHaymarketVASwim
LouisTuckerJames Madison High SchoolViennaVASwim
LukeWilsonJames Madison High SchoolViennaVASwim
KyleWuJames Madison High SchoolViennaVASwim
CassidyYoungYorktown High SchoolArlingtonVASwim
NoahZimmermanJames Madison High SchoolViennaVASwim

Girls Full List

Swimmers/Divers from the DMV:

CatherineBarrettYorktown High SchoolArlingtonVASwim
CaitlinBlankenshipJames Madison High SchoolViennaVASwim
LindsayBrandtBattlefield High SchoolHaymarketVASwim
SarahCarmenJames Madison High SchoolViennaVASwim
DayannaDiazLaurel High SchoolLaurelMDSwim
MeganDunganFlint Hill SchoolOaktonVASwim
AthenaGromadaYorktown High SchoolArlingtonVASwim
PeytonHopeNorfolk AcadmeyNorfolkVASwim
KelseyIsmanYorktown High SchoolArlingtonVASwim
IsabelKennaSt. Andrew’s Episcopal SchoolPotomacMDSwim
AmandaKraemerBattlefield High SchoolHaymarketVASwim
PeytonNassettaYorktown High SchoolArlingtonVASwim
HaleyPietrasCambridge South DorchesterCambridgeMDSwim
EmilyRehrYorktown High SchoolArlingtonVASwim
EliseStaigerPrincess Anne High SchoolVa BeachVASwim
LaineStokerYorktown High SchoolArlingtonVADive
HollyTillotsonBattlefield High SchoolHaymarketVASwim
HeatherTuftJames Madison High SchoolViennaVASwim

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.

4 thoughts on “PVS Swimmers earn Scholastic All-American

  • Sep 23, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    The list of girls who made Scholastic All-America appears to be incomplete or incorrect. I am not sure where the one on this site came from. But, it does not match the list put out by USA Swimming. For example, Victoria Huske (of the Arlington Aquatic Club in PVS) is listed on the USA Swimming list. However, she is omitted from the list here. There are likely other omissions as well. Congrats to all who made this achievement.

    • Sep 24, 2019 at 7:46 am

      This post covers two scholastic awards, one sponsored by USA Swimming ( grades 9-12) and the other by NISCA (only grade 12). We did not list out all 73 swimmers that earned the USA Swimming award, rather provided a link to the PVS site with the list. The list we provided is the Seniors who earned the NISCA award.

  • Oct 30, 2019 at 10:25 am

    Why are swimmers from Riverside HS (Leesburg) included in the DMV list, while swimmers from other high schools closer to the DMV — for example, Potomac Falls HS & Dominion HS in Sterling; Briar Woods in Ashburn; & numerous others — excluded from your published list? Without an explanation, the list as presently constituted is rather arbitrary.


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