1,239 Swimmers Named to USA Swimming 2021 Scholastic All-American Team

Update: this article has been updated with the finalized list, published by USA Swimming on 9/22/2021.

USA Swimming has announced the 1,239 members of its 2021 Scholastic All-American Team, consisting of 587 girls and 652 boys. To be considered for this year’s team, swimmers had to have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 for the 2020-21 school year and swum a 2019 Winter Junior qualifying time in any individual event between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021. (See below for more details.) The number of athletes increased by 13% from 2020, when 1,087 were named. In 2019, 1,634 made the team.

Olympians Lydia Jacoby (3 years on the team), Torri Huske (4 years), Katie Grimes, and Bella Sims headlined the 2021 selection. Huske was the only athlete who achieved a perfect score, earning a 4.0 GPA and the title of Open Champion, which she claimed via her win in the 100m free at the 2020 Toyota U.S. Open. This is the second consecutive year where Huske has received a perfect score.

Jacoby, Huske, Grimes, and Sims were joined by National Teamers Blair Stoneburg and Matt Fallon (4 years).

Also on the team are top-10 recruits from the class of 2021 Letitia Sim (4 years), Samantha Tadder (4 years), Josephine Fuller (4 years), Rachel Stege, Tim Connery, Luke Hobson (4 years), Luke Barr (4 years), Sam Hoover (4 years), and Matt Fenlon (4 years). Top-10 recruits from 2022 are Baylor Nelson (3 years), NAG Record breaker Liam Custer (3 years), Landon Gentry (3 years), Michael Cotter, Sebastien Sergile (3 years), Sam Powe, Will Hayon (3 years), NAG Record breaker Claire Tuggle, Lucy Bell (3 years), Zoe Dixon (3 years), and Rye Ulett (3 years). Top-10 recruits from 2023 who made the team include Will Modglin (2 years), Nate Germonprez (2 years), Keaton Jones (2 years), Andrew Taylor (2 years), Tess Howley (2 years), Kiley Wilhelm (2 years), Cavan Gormsen (2 years), Camille Spink (2 years), Michaela Mattes (2 years), Caroline Bricker (2 years), Julia Podkoscielny (2 years), and Erin Gemmell (2 years).

2020-21 was the first year where para time standards were included in the selection, resulting in eight para athletes earning recognition.

The most-represented clubs on the 2021 team were SwimMAC Carolina with 31 selections, Dynamo Swim Club with 24, Nation’s Capital Swim Club with 24, and NOVA of Virginia Aquatics with 20.

Perfect Records

Swimmers who made the team 4 times during their high school careers include: Luke Barr, Ella Bathurst, Jillian Berger, John Bossler, Reed Broaders, Carson Brockette, Riley Brown, Jackson Carlile, Mason Carlton, Joanie Cash, Mia Chang, Vincent Cheng, Riley Courtney, Annabel Crush, Jessica Davis, Mackenzie Dewitt, Aidan Duffy, Matt Fallon, Matt Fenlon, Brett Feyerick, Samuel Folger, Luke Fortner, Josephine Fuller, Abigail Gase, Griffin Hadley, Kaylee Hamblin, Amaya Hanley, Channing Hanley, Alicia Henry, Hailey Hicks, Luke Hobson, Ryan Hogan, Joseph Hong, Tyler Hong, Sam Hoover, Elliott Howe, Roderick Huang, Connor Hunt, Torri Huske, Joy Jiang, Junseo Kim, Stephen Kim, Isabella Korbly, Zachary Le-Nguyen, Mitchell List, Cameron Luarde, Reese Lugbill, Meghan Lynch, Gabriel Machado, Jessica Maeda, Jenna Marquette, Allison Martin, Mary Martin, Ella Mazurek, Mackenzie McConagha, Abigail McCulloh, Annika McEnroe, Madeline Menkhaus, Rylee Moore, Sydney Morgan, Katherine Morris, Alexis Mulvihill, Justine Murdock, Amber Myers, Owen Ngan, Parker Nolan, Marco Nosack, Mairin O’Brien, Olivia Peoples, Janika Perezous, Evan Petty, Mary Pruitt, Jocelyn Randby, Joelle Reddin, Gavin Rogers, Aurora Roghair, Aaron Rosen, Ian Shahan, Kathryn Shanley, Letitia Sim, Andrew Simmons, Aidan Simpson, Liam Smith, Summer Smith, Elizabeth Sowards, Mckenna Stone, Sara Stotler, Sydney Stricklin, Matthew Styczen, Anna Summers, Mia Sunseri, Samantha Tadder, Brian Uribe, Kailyn Winter, and Hayden Zheng.

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Athlete Numbers

  • Successful applicants: 1,239
  • Girls: 587
  • Boys: 652
  • Seniors with three or four years of elections: 163
  • Para Athletes: 8
  • Open Water Athletes: 1
  • Southern Zone Athletes: 390
  • Central Zone Athletes: 291
  • Eastern Zone Athletes: 286
  • Western Zone Athletes: 272
  • 9th Grade: 128
  • 10th Grade: 285
  • 11th Grade: 495
  • 12th Grade: 331

Top Local Swimming Committees (LSC)

  1. North Carolina Swimming: 90
  2. Florida Swimming: 80
  3. Southern California Swimming: 68
  4. Pacific Swimming: 65
  5. Middle Atlantic: 52

Top Clubs

  1. SwimMAC Carolina (NC): 31
  2. Nation’s Capital Swim Club (PV): 24
  3. Dynamo Swim Club (GA): 23
  4. NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc. (VA): 20
  5. TAC Titans (NC): 14



Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to or faster than the 2019 Winter Junior qualifying time in any  individual event during the SAA qualifying period (September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021) 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.


Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to or faster than the 2020-2021 Para Scholastic All American Standards in any individual event noted within their self-reported P1, P2, or P3 grouping during the SAA qualifying period (September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021, dates inclusive) with the qualifying times in SWIMS.

Only ONE time is necessary and only ONE application is necessary. A cap of 56 athletes will be named with 2/event/gender.


Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to or faster than the 2019 Winter Junior National qualifying time in the 800, 1000, 1500, or 1650 freestyle during the SAA qualifying period (Sep 1, 2020-Aug 31, 2021, dates inclusive) with the qualifying times in SWIMS AND participate in the Open Water National Championships held on April 16-18, 2021.

Only ONE time is necessary and only ONE application is necessary.


Applicant must have completed 9th, 10th 11th or 12th grade


Application must maintain 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, PLTW courses, and dual credit college level academic courses will earn one half (.5) extra Grade Point.

Only grades for academic subjects only are calculated – history/social studies, English, mathematics, sciences, foreign languages, computer sciences, visual and performing arts if indicated as academic.

A 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, orchestra, choir, home economics, health, driver education, physical education, shop, etc. and any other class marked as non-academic will not be included in the GPA calculation (unless transcript indicates ‘academic’ or AP or IB).


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.


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2 years ago

Your full list (showing 1,231 people) is slightly different to the official list that is published on the USA Swimming website (1,239 people)

2 years ago

At least one Stanford commit is not on this list. So either the swimmer forgot to apply (team has many others on the list), or Stanford isn’t as strict about admissions as they lead people to believe.

Reply to  OldSwimmer
2 years ago

Honestly, Scholastic all-American is not FAST & SMART.
Swimming wise faster than winter junior, but academically nothing special. Just over 3.5 or GPA.
I saw many people don’t even apply because it is basically low academic standard and not even need to be considered OR some OBVIOUSLY TOP NATIONAL level swimmers who are not in the list are academically bad. I already noticed some of national top 10 swimmers are not in the list. Maybe either really bad grade or ignoring SAA?? That’s why many fast level swimmers who consider SAA choose EASY high schools than competitive top ranked public schools.

Reply to  Swammer
2 years ago

This is a very strange comment because

1) Most kids don’t get to choose their public high schools
2) Most of the best swimming schools are also good academic schools (this is not a coincidence and doesn’t have to do with swimming, but more to do with the demographics of these schools and the shared demographics between ‘highly ranked academic high schools’ and ‘fast swimmers’)

I’ve never heard of one swimmer ever anywhere choosing a high school because they wanted to get a high enough GPA to make the USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Team.

2 years ago

Katie Grimes & Bella Sims are also 2020 Olympians?

Reply to  swimguy4910
2 years ago

Article says that in the first paragraph.

Aric Smith
2 years ago

There are a two Para-Athletes, both from Central Zone, who made the USA Swimming Scholastic All American Team 4 years in a row!


(Page 54)

Aric Smith
Reply to  Aric Smith
2 years ago

In 2018 USA Swimming included 9th graders, Open Water Athletes and Para-Athletes in the Scholastic All-America Team.
Please amend the article to include these names and number of years having attained the SAA distinction:

Open Water Athletes:
Jacob Pishko 1

Marshall Hodge 3
Keegan Knott 2
Liam Smith 4
Thomas Watry 3
Summer Schmit 2
Abigail Gase 4
Braxton Wong 1
Audrey Kim 1

2 years ago

Congratulations to these student-athletes! That’s quite an accomplishment balancing and achieving such a high standard in both your academic and athletic endeavours.

2 years ago

Only 1,231??

Swim Mama
Reply to  DJTrockstoYMCA
2 years ago

the student has to apply, I would imagine there are many swimmers who achieved this but didn’t apply for one reason or another.

2 years ago

Congrats to all! Last year it showed a breakdown of # in each grade level (9/10/11/12) achieving this recognition. Is this information available as well?

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