High School All-America Lists Heavily Impacted By California Cancellation

NISCA’s high school All-America lists were heavily impacted by the cancellation of California’s high school swim seasons. California had a combined 425 high school All-America awards in 2019, dropping to just 13 in 2020.

NISCA (the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association) compiles All-America lists for high school swimming each year. Athletes must hit an automatic All-America time for inclusion, or hit an All-America consideration time and rank within the top 100 submitted times for the year. You can see the full 2020 lists and more data here.

Aggregate numbers by state show that the cancellation of California’s swim season drastically changed the state-by-state dynamics of the list from 2019 numbers. California led all states in 2019 with 213 boys All-America Awards and 212 girls All-America Awards. In 2020, those numbers shrunk to just 8 boys awards and 5 girls awards, which appear to be from a handful of early-season swims before the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of most of the swimming season.

The only other really notable drop in All-America awards from 2019 was the Colorado boys (down from 37 in 2019 to zero in 2020 after the season was canceled).

A few notes on these numbers:

  • NISCA’s lists are dependent on coaches to submit times within the application window. Some athletes may be missing from these lists if they weren’t submitted.
  • The lists only include 9th- through 12th-graders.
  • The aggregate numbers we’ve pulled are for “All-America Awards” – that means counting each relay to make the list as one All-America award, rather than four separate All-America award-winners.
    • These numbers also don’t necessarily reflect individuals, as some swimmers make the All-America lists in two events, and some add to multiple relay winners as well.

Girls All-America Awards

STATE 2019 AA Awards 2020 AA Awards Change
AK 1 0 -1
AL 4 1 -3
AR 1 3 2
AZ 16 10 -6
CA 212 5 -207
CO 52 52 0
CT 17 13 -4
DC 1 0 -1
DE 0 5 5
FL 60 79 19
GA 14 33 19
HI 0 2 2
IA 24 27 3
ID 0 0 0
IL 70 84 14
IN 55 83 28
KS 1 0 -1
KY 18 19 1
LA 3 1 -2
MA 10 10 0
MD 28 40 12
ME 7 3 -4
MI 45 39 -6
MN 29 38 9
MO 2 1 -1
MS 0 1 1
MT 3 2 -1
NC 39 40 1
ND 1 2 1
NE 7 5 -2
NH 1 4 3
NJ 12 18 6
NM 1 1 0
NV 8 6 -2
NY 20 27 7
OH 102 86 -16
OK 0 1 1
OR 18 16 -2
PA 83 82 -1
RI 0 0 0
SC 0 3 3
TN 27 30 3
TX 88 97 9
UT 4 0 -4
VA 67 61 -6
VT 0 0 0
WA 24 24 0
WI 25 15 -10
WV 0 0 0
WY 3 2 -1

Boys All-America Awards

STATE 2019 AA Awards 2020 AA Awards Change
AK 0 0 0
AL 1 5 4
AR 1 5 4
AZ 7 13 6
CA 213 8 -205
CO 37 0 -37
CT 11 19 8
DC 0 0 0
DE 1 1 0
FL 59 84 25
GA 41 48 7
HI 1 1 0
IA 15 28 13
ID 0 1 1
IL 58 77 19
IN 52 91 39
KS 8 7 -1
KY 18 22 4
LA 0 1 1
MA 12 23 11
MD 10 33 23
ME 0 0 0
MI 46 32 -14
MN 34 45 11
MO 8 12 4
MS 0 0 0
MT 0 0 0
NC 16 27 11
ND 1 2 1
NE 12 10 -2
NH 6 9 3
NJ 18 28 10
NM 1 2 1
NV 6 0 -6
NY 16 31 15
OH 99 107 8
OK 5 6 1
OR 6 7 1
PA 101 105 4
RI 0 0 0
SC 0 0 0
TN 14 19 5
TX 88 137 49
UT 4 8 4
VA 38 57 19
VT 0 0 0
WA 12 30 18
WI 23 16 -7
WV 0 0 0
WY 4 5 1

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Sid Frisco

If high school sports In CA are compressed into shortened seasons in the 2nd semester I see a scenario where positives will ultimately increase and Spring sports could easily be cancelled again. How about sports deemed low risk be given the opportunity to proceed regardless of traditional season? There would be lots to sort out in some cases and virtually no hurdles in others. Food for thought.

Gator

Congratulations to all the athletes that did earn this honor!!

Swimdad

Sad that they did not take times from 2019 Winter Junior Nationals and Nationals so California could have proper All American representation. It really diminishes the award by not having everyone included.

olde coach

This is High School swimming!

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