COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, is pleased to announce that nine U.S. Paralympic swimmers, including six Paralympians, were named to the USA Swimming 2007-08 Scholastic All-America team. Selection to the team is a distinct honor given to high school students who excel in the pool and achieve superior academic standing.
Kelley Becherer (Sheboygan, Wis.), Kelsey Butler (Allen, Texas), Anna Eames (Golden Valley, Minn.), Kate Gibbs (Midlothian, VA.), Sarah Hunt (Bellvue, Colo.), Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.), Tom Miazga (Cedarburg, Wis.) Marin Morrison (Sammamish, Wash.) and Roy Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.) were among the 974 athletes selected to the Scholastic All-America roster. Becherer, Eames, Jordan, Miazga, Morrison and Perkins all competed in Beijing at the 2008 Paralympic Games. Becherer, Eames, Jordan and Perkins each won multiple medals, including one gold medal apiece. Hunt and Gibbs represented Team USA at the 2007 ParaPan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, while Butler competed at the 2008 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Trials.
"It is a fantastic honor for these athletes to be named to the Scholastic All-America Team," said Julie O'Neill, Associate Director/Head Coach, Swimming. "Each of these young men and women work hard to excel both in the classroom and in the pool."
Of all the successful applicants, sixty-eight percent achieved a 4.0 GPA. Criteria for selection to the Scholastic All-America Team include the following:
- Must have completed 10th, 11th or 12th grade
- Must be a USA Swimming member athlete
- Must have participated in an individual event that met the Junior National Bonus Time Standard during the qualifying period of July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.
- Must have achieved a 3.5 GPA
Additionally, swimmers who competed in an individual event in the 2007 Open Water National Championships and met the academic, grade level and membership requirements were eligible to apply. Swimmers with a physical disability must have competed in the 2007 U.S. Paralympics Open Swimming Championships (December 6-8) in College Park, Md., or the 2008 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Trials (April 3-5) in Minneapolis, Minn.