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Brophy swimmers awarded All-American over summer

Photo by Ben Liu ’15 — Brophy swimmers compete in the 2014 season. Seven Brophy swimmers earned recognition as National High School All-Americans this past summer.

By Henry Erlandson ’16
THE ROUNDUP

The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association recognized seven Brophy swimmers as National High School All-Americans this past summer for their performances in time trial qualifications.   

Calvin Higgins 15, Isaiah Williams 15, Thomas Ottman 15, Jack Blake 17, Sean Gage 17, Grady Ottomeyer 15 and David Brown 15 earned the honors from NISCA, a volunteer organization that supports high school coaches of aquatic sports.

“I think a lot of these kids come here to swim for Brophy so it’s quite an honor for these boys to be recognized and it’s quite an honor for Brophy to have them represent the school,” said head coach Mr. Patrick ONeill.

NISCA selects 50 swimmers a year from every event to be honored as All-Americans by selecting the swimmers with the best times across the United States.  

In past years Brophy usually has one or two swimmers and two-three relays honored by NISCA, Mr. ONeill said.

This year, Ottman and Blake were recognized as All-Americans for their individual performances in freestyle races.

“It says a lot for the work ethic of the boys here at Brophy and I think it says a lot about the swim and dive team as a whole,” Mr. ONeill said.

The swimmers and their respective races that qualified them as All-Americans are:

Cal HigginsMedley Relay

DJ Brown200 Free Relay, Medley Relay

Grady Ottomeyer – 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay

Sean Gage – 200 Free Relay, Medley Relay

Isaiah Williams – 400 Free Relay, Medley Relay

Tom Ottman500 Free, 400 Free Relay

Jack Blake200 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay