USA Swimming Names 1,281 Swimmers To 2021-22 Scholastic All-American Team

USA Swimming has named 1,281 swimmers to its 2021-22 Scholastic All-America team, an honor recognizing high school athletes for excellence in both the classroom and the water over the last year.

This year’s recipients include 595 girls and 686 boys, highlighted by U.S. Olympian and World Championship medalist Katie Grimes, national champion Erin Gemmell and current Texas A&M freshman Baylor Nelson.

Grimes, Gemmell and Nelson were the only three athletes who earned perfect scores as an event champion while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. This was Nelson’s fourth-straight year on the team, while Gemmell earned her third and Grimes her second selection in a row, respectively.

Grimes earned her championship title in the women’s 10km at the 2022 Open Water National Championships, while Gemmell won the women’s 400 free at the 2022 Summer Nationals and Nelson topped the men’s 200 IM at the 2021 U.S. Open.

Another noteworthy recipient was 2021 Olympic champion Lydia Jacoby, who like Nelson, earns a perfect score after being named to the team for the fourth straight year.

Last year’s total saw 587 girls and 652 boys make up a total of 1,239 honorees.

To be considered for the team, swimmers must have achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 for the 2021-22 academic year in high school (grades 9-12).

In the pool, athletes need to have achieved the Winter Junior National qualifying time in one event, or to be considered an open water swimmer, they must have achieved the same standard in the 800, 1000, 1500 or 1650 freestyle during the qualifying period (Sept. 1, 2021- Aug. 31, 2022).

This was also the second year in which para swimmers could qualify for the team, with 11 doing so. In order to be named, they needed to achieve a Para Scholastic All-American standard in one event.

North Carolina Swimming led all LSCs with 99 athletes selected, led by the top two clubs overall, SwimMAC Carolina (28 swimmers) and the TAC Titans (24 swimmers).



Courtesy of USA Swimming

Athlete Numbers

  • Successful applications: 1,281
    • Girls: 595
    • Boys: 686
  • Seniors with three or four years of elections: 114
  • Open water athletes: 5
  • Athletes with disabilities: 11
  • Athletes by zone:
    • Southern: 397
    • Eastern: 314
    • Western: 301
    • Central: 268
  • Athletes by grade:
    • 9th: 116
    • 10th: 331
    • 11th: 468
    • 12th: 316

LSC and Club Numbers:

Top LSCs:

  1. North Carolina Swimming: 99
  2. Southern California Swimming: 79
  3. Florida Swimming: 72
  4. Pacific Swimming: 57
  5. Middle Atlantic Swimming: 51
  6. Virginia Swimming: 51

Top Clubs:

  1. SwimMAC Carolina: 28
  2. TAT Titans: 24
  3. Nation’s Capital Swim Club: 18
  4. Bolles School Sharks: 17
  5. Aquajets Swim Team: 16
  6. NOVA of Virginia Aquatics, Inc.: 16
  7. Rockville Montgomery Swim Club: 16

A total of 80 outgoing seniors earned their fourth straight selection to the team, including nine swimmers who made our most recent top-20 recruit ranking list (2022 re-rank). In addition to Nelson and Jacoby, Liam CusterSebastien SergileLevi SandidgeKayla WilsonBlair StoneburgZoe Dixon and Martina Peroni were named All-America recipients for the fourth consecutive time.

Swimmers Selected Four Straight Years

  • Cameron Abaqueta
  • Anders Aistars
  • Malia Amuan
  • John Anderson
  • Brice Barrieault
  • Drayden Bell
  • Sabrina Bennani
  • Lockett Bowley
  • Mackenzie Brandt
  • Ryan Branon
  • Shane Burns
  • Taylor Carey
  • Christopher Chang
  • Sumner Chmielewski
  • Mary Codevilla
  • Casey Cullen
  • Liam Custer
  • Anne Deedy
  • Hazel Derr
  • Zoe Dixon
  • Jessica Eden
  • James Edge
  • James Ewing
  • Ella Flowers
  • Spencer Freeman
  • Grace Frericks
  • Marcus Gentry
  • Grace Hanson
  • William Hayon
  • Alexander Hazlett
  • Kaitlyn Holmes
  • Lydia Jacoby
  • Ainsley Jones
  • Julianne Jones
  • Sydney Kang
  • Emma Karam
  • Matthew Kroll
  • Paige Kuwata
  • Jessey Li
  • Kaia Li
  • Matthew Lou
  • Sydney Lu
  • Emily Lundgren
  • Fay Marie Lustria
  • John Maketa
  • Morganne Malloy
  • Natalie Mannion
  • Kirsti McEnroe
  • Catherine Meisner
  • Brandon Miller
  • Nina Mollin
  • Michelle Morgan
  • James Morrissey
  • Anya Mostek
  • Baylor Nelson
  • Lydia Palmer
  • James Pan
  • Martina Peroni
  • Michael Phillips
  • Megan Reich
  • Levi Sandidge
  • Sean Santos
  • Mallory Schleicher
  • Maura Schoppa
  • Blakely Schuricht
  • Sebastien Sergile
  • Hana Shimizu-Bowers
  • Ella Smith
  • Heidi Stalkfleet
  • Blair Stoneburg
  • Kyleigh Tankard
  • Lucas Thomas
  • Kai-min Tsuei
  • Tatum Wall
  • Abigail Wanezek
  • Clayton Whetstine
  • Kayla Wilson
  • Audrey Yu
  • Joe Zhang
  • Logan Zucker


Pool swimmers: Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to or faster than the 2022 Winter Junior National qualifying time in any individual event during the Scholastic All-America qualifying period.

Open water swimmers: Applicants must have swum an induvial pool time equal to or faster than the 2022 Winter Junior National qualifying time in the 800, 1000, 1500 or 1650 freestyle during the Scholastic All-America qualifying period with the qualifying times in SWIMS and participate in the Open Water National Championships held on April 1-3, 2022.

Swimmers with disabilities: Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to or faster than the 2022 Swimmers with Disabilities Scholastic All-America time standards in any individual event noted within their self-reported P1, P2 or P3 grouping during the Scholastic All-America qualifying period with qualifying times in SWIMS.

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1 year ago

Curious, how does grading work for home schooled athletes? Surely their parent/teacher doesn’t give them a “grade?” That would seem pretty sus.

Reply to  SwimPop
1 year ago

In a ‘true’ homeschool situation, where the parent is the direct supervising teacher, yes, parents give them their grades. It is sus, and is a known problem with homeschooling – this increases the importance of SAT/ACT test scores in the college admissions process for these kids.

But many homeschooled kids, especially student-athletes, are either only partially homeschooled by their parents, or really in a full “virtual” system where they’re taking online courses from some outside teacher somewhere.

Scholastic All-America criteria doesn’t seem to contemplate any difference between the grades.

Dressel GOAT
1 year ago

Hurry up Hinchey + Mintenko. It’s already the 17th of October…

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James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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