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Boys' Swimming Athlete of the Year
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Boys' Swimming Athlete of the Year

 

2000

Alex Lim
The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Florida

Lim set or helped set three national records as a senior and won four events to lead The Bolles School, coached by National High School Boys Swimming Coach of the Year Larry Shofe, to the Class 4A state team title. Lim set a national record in the 100-meter backstroke in 46.82 seconds, and was a member of two relay teams, the 200-meter medley relay (1:31.62) and the 400-meter freestyle relay (3:01.80) that also set national records. Lim's fourth victory came in the 100-meter butterfly, which he swam in 47.64 seconds to set a state record. "Athletes like Alex Lim are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best swimmers not only in the state of Florida, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him." Lim also competed in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, for his native Malaysia. He accepted an athletic scholarship to the University of California-Berkeley.

 

2001

Matt McDonald
Hamilton Southeastern High School, Fishers, Indiana

"Athletes like Matt McDonald are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best swimmers not only in the state of Indiana, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him." McDonald is a three-time state champion in the 100-yard butterfly, setting a state record in the event as a senior. He also won the title in the 100-yard backstroke as a senior, and was the recipient of the Indiana High School Athletic Association's Mental Attitude Award. Also an outstanding student, McDonald stands No. 4 in his class academically and will attend Stanford University.  McDonald also holds the national boys 15-16 record in the 100 butterfly, and was a semifinalist in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials in the event, finishing 13th.  

 

2002

Tyler DeBerry
Sabino High School, Tucson, Arizona

"Athletes like Tyler DeBerryare among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best swimmers not only in the state of Arizona, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him." DeBerry successfully defended his Class 5A state championships in the 200-yard freestyle (1:38.26) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:28.59), setting state records in both events despite battling a shoulder injury much of the season. He also helped his 400-yard freestyle relay team set a state record (3:06.98), held since 1992 by a Phoenix Brophy Jesuit team that included Olympian Gary Hall, Jr. DeBerry, who will attend the University of Michigan, already has qualified for the 2004 Olympic Team Trials in the 1,500-meter freestyle. He will compete in this year's Phillips 66 National Championships in that event, as well as the 200-yard freestyle, the 400-yard freestyle, and the 800-yard freestyle.

 

2003

Garrett Weber-Gale
Nicolet High School, Glendale, Wisconsin

"Garrett Weber-Gale is an example of what hard work and perseverance lead to high school athletics," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to honor Garrett Weber-Gale as the National High School Senior Boys Swim Athlete of the Year." Weber-Gale has chosen to swim collegiately at the University of Texas, after finishing a high school career that included two state championships and a national record in the 100-yard freestyle (43.49). The future Longhorn also captured three 100-yard backstroke titles in the sate of Wisconsin, including a state record swim of 49.73 in both his junior and senior seasons. Also during his prep years, Weber-Gale was recognized as a five-time All-American by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.

 

2004

Kyle Bubolz
Waukesha North High School, Waukesha, Wisconsin

Bubolz, who won the 50 and 100-meter state freestyle titles, has set 133 swim records since jumping into the pool at age six. He currently holds six national records and 30 state marks. Bubolz will move to the Big Ten and swim at Northwestern after an attempt this July to make the U.S. Olympic Team.  

 

2005

Alex Righi
Brophy Jesuit College Preparatory School, Phoenix, Arizona

Righi set a state record (48.00) in winning the 100-meter backstroke as a senior, also won the 100 freestyle (44.76) and came within one-hundredth of a second of tying former Olympian and Brophy great Gary Hall Jr.'s state record in the 50 freestyle (20.31) while swimming the first leg of the 200 freestyle relay, a race his teammates went on to win in a state record time. In the Spring Junior Nationals in March, Righi won five events and set four meet records - in the 100 freestyle (44.24), the 50 backstroke (22.12), the 100 backstroke (47.63) and the 50 butterfly (21.99). His 100 butterfly time shattered the existing record by nearly 1½ seconds, earning him Male Performance of the Meet honors.

 

2006

Shaune Fraser
The Bolles School, Jacksonville, Florida

At the age of 16, Fraser represented his native Cayman Islands in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, competing in the 200-meter freestyle, and also competed in the 2005 World Championships in Montreal. At Bolles, Fraser helped lead his team to a pair of Florida state team titles. After winning Class A crowns in the 200- and 500-meter freestyle as a junior, Bolles moved up to Class AA and he repeated the double title this year as a senior. He will attend the University of Florida.

 

2007

Austin Staab
Westerville Central High School, Westerville, Ohio

One of the nation's top sprint swimmers, Staab is a two-time Division 1 state champion in the 100-meter freestyle and the 100-meter butterfly, becoming the first Ohio boys swimmer to repeat in the same event since 2001. Staab's 100 butterfly time of 47.10 set a state record and tied the national high school record set in 1997, and his 100 freestyle time of 43.93 was just one-half second off the state record. Also an outstanding student with a 4.2 grade-point average and a perfect combined score of 2400 on the SAT, he will attend Stanford University.  

 

2008

Brian Alden
Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville, Illinois

Considered one of the nation's top sprint swimmers this year, Alden became the first swimmer to win three state titles in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events in the 73-year history of the two events in the Illinois state tournament. Only one other swimmer had previously won three titles in either event, and Alden's feat ended a 57-year drought in the 100 and a 20-year drought in the 50. As a junior, Alden's winning times were 20.14 seconds in the 50 - the second-best time in state history - and 44.86 in the 100, the state's third-best mark. He also was a part of the state champion 200 and 400 relay teams, helping lead Neuqua Valley to its first state team title. He will attend Penn State University.

 

2009

Cole Cragin
Friendswood High School, Friendswood, Texas  

Considered one of the nation's top double-event swimmers this year, Cragin set a national high school record in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 46.75 seconds in the Class 4A state tournament, breaking a record which had stood for 10 years. The victory made him a four-time state champion in the event, in which he first set the state record as a sophomore, then broke it as a junior and again as a senior. His state-record time as a junior (48.63) was the nation's fastest. Not only did Cragin double in the state meet in the backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly as a junior and a senior, but he set state records each year in the butterfly as well. His state-record time this year in the butterfly was 48.46 seconds, and he was second in that event as a sophomore and sixth as a freshman. Cragin will attend the University of Texas.

 

2010

Kyle Whitaker
Chesterton High School, Chesterton, Indiana

With eight individual titles and 12 overall, Whitaker ended his career as the most decorated boys swimmer in Indiana high school history. He broke his own national record in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:44.55, becoming the first four-time state champion in that event, and his time of 4:19.79 in the 500 freestyle set a state record. He also won three 100 butterfly state crowns. The Indiana High School Athletic Association named Whitaker the recipient of its Herman F. Keller Mental Attitude Award, presented to a senior who demonstrates the qualities of mental attitude, scholarship, leadership and athletic ability. In the Speedo Junior National Championships last summer, Whitaker took the boys high point award, winning five individual events and setting meet records in all five: the 200 butterfly (1:56.95), the 400 individual medley (4:17.59), the 100 butterfly (53.31), the 200 freestyle (1:49.87) and the 200 individual medley (2:00.07). Whitaker will attend the University of Michigan.

 

2011

David Nolan
Hershey High School, Hershey, Pennsylvania  

At this year’s 3A state meet, Nolan set two national high school records – erasing the records set by the two previous NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year honorees – and helped set another. Nolan became a four-time state champion in the 200 individual medley, and his time of 1:41.39 set a national record for the second straight year. That time shaved over two seconds off the record he set in 2010, which at the time broke the record established by the 2010 NHSCA honoree, Kyle Whitaker of Chesterton (Ind.) High. Nolan’s second individual national record was 45.49 seconds in the 100 backstroke, his second state title in that event. He shaved more than a second off the previous record of 46.75, set by the 2009 NHSCA honoree, Cole Cragin of Friendswood (Texas) High. In 2010, Nolan won the 100 freestyle state title in a then-national record of 43.27. He also helped put Hershey in the national record book this year in the 200 freestyle relay, swimming an opening leg of 19.58 in a record time of 1:21.01, more than a second faster than the previous mark. Nolan was the 200 individual medley champion in the Junior Pan-Pacific Championships last summer and second in the 100 butterfly. He will attend Stanford University.  

 

2012

Matias Koski
Northview High School,Johns Creek, Georgia

Koski’s family emigrated to the United States from Finland in1997, eventually settling in the Atlanta area prior to his eighth grade year. Koski appears a certainty to earn his third Georgia Male Swimmer of the Year honor after becoming a three-time5A state champion in both the 200- and 500-meter freestyle. He competed in three races this year and set state records in each.Koski broke his own state record in the 200 (1:36.15), set another record in the 500 (4:18.57) and swam the anchor leg on the Northview 4x100 freestyle relay team that set a third record(3:06.26). He also owns the state record in the 100 freestyle and 10 age-group state records. Last summer, Koski was the USA Swimming Junior National champion in the 800 freestyle and was runner-up in the 200, 400 and 500 freestyle. He holds the Finnish national record in the 800 freestyle and was a finalist in the 2011 European Junior Championship in the 200 and 400 freestyle. Koski also won the Finnish National Championship in the 100 and 400 freestyle, and will compete in the Summer Olympics for his native Finland in both events. He will attend the University of Georgia.

 

2013

Austin Garcia
San Dimas High School, San Dimas, California  

Austin Garcia capped an incredible career this past spring by winning gold medals in the highly competitive CIF-Southern Section in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle. In the 50-yard freestyle, Garcia just missed setting a meet record with a time of 21.14. Garcia, who plans on playing for the water polo team at Air Force next season, was the only swimmer to win two goal medals this year.

 

2014

Jonathan Roberts
Southlake Carroll High School, Southlake, Texas

Before heading to the University of Texas, Southlake Carroll’s Jonathan Roberts became a back-to-back 500 freestyle Texas state champion with a dominant state record finish, winning by 10 seconds. He posted a time of 4:16.90. Roberts added more gold with a state title in the 100 backstroke in a time of 48.65. He was also part of Southlake Carroll’s gold medal 200 medley relay team with a time of 1:34.93. Roberts is a member of the Junior National Team and swam at the Junior World Championships where he placed 12th in the 400 freestyle, 13th in the 800 freestyle and 10th in the 1500 freestyle. Roberts is the second boys’ swimmer from Texas that has been honored by the NHSCA.

 

2015

Andrew Seliskar
Thomas Jefferson High School, Alexandria, Virginia

Andrew Seliskar ended his high school swimming career by breaking two Virginia state records in his final state championship swims.  Seliskar, who will swim collegiately at the University of California-Berkeley, won gold in the 100 Fly and the 200 IM at the state meet.  He won a third gold medal as part of the school’s 200 medley relay team.  Seliskar, who has won multiple Junior National titles, was considered the top recruit in the country during his senior season

 

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