A banner year for the Grandview boys swim team culminated in three All-American awards from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association.
Among the boys and girls All-American lists released Monday by the national organization, Grandview graduate James Boone received the distinction individually in the 200 yard freestyle and also with Alex Turner, Robin Kuebler and Daniel Schweitzberger on the Wolves’ 200 and 400 yard freestyle relays.
Boone’s submitted time of 1 minute, 39.80 seconds, earned him the last of 100 spots on the NISCA/Speedo All-American list in the 200 yard freestyle. That time bettered the 1:41.89 he clocked at the Class 5A state meet on May 16 at the U.S. Air Force Academy that put him in fifth place.
With the same personnel, both Grandview freestyle relay teams finished third and came in ahead of powerhouse Regis Jesuit for the first time at a state meet. The Wolves claimed the first team spots in the events on the 2015 Aurora Sentinel All-City Boys Swim Team.
Grandview’s 400 yard freestyle relay finished 80th of the 100 teams on the list with a submitted time of 3:07.80, which put the unit on the NISCA/Speedo All-American list for the second straight season. Boone, Turner and Kuebler — along with 2014 graduate Triston Mosby, who now swims at the University of West Virginia — clocked a 3:07.95 to earn the honor last season.
The time of 1:25.66 that netted the Wolves third place at the 5A state meet put them 95th out of 100 teams on the 200 yard freestyle All-American list.
To maintain the momentum of the relays, the Wolves will have to replace both Boone — who is headed to swim at Purdue — and Turner.
Regis Jesuit had a pair of All-American divers in Kyle Goodwin and McKensi Austin, both 5A state champions.
The NISCA/Speedo All-American diving lists came out in June and also included Devin Bellamy, an Eaglecrest student who competed for Smoky Hill and finished second to Goodwin at the 5A state meet.
To be considered for All-American status — which goes to the top 100 across the country in each event — swimmers or divers much achieve certain times or scores during a regularly scheduled interscholastic meet and submit results to be verified by NISCA.
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