Swimming: Four individuals, three relays earn All-America status

Maddie Hart had a fantastic freshman season at Haverford. Monday, her trophy case got an extra accolade.

Hart’s time of 56.12 seconds in the 100 backstroke was officially recognized as All-American by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA). The All-Delco ranked 82nd among high schoolers across the nation and 16th in the class of 2016.

All-American spots are based on automatic time cuts for each event. After that, the next fastest times across the county are designated as All-American up to the top 100, ties included.

Also earning All-American designation was Episcopal Academy All-Delco Emily Rhodes, whose county record-setting time of 55.74 seconds in the 100 butterfly was the 92nd fastest in the country. She joined Sarah Baturka, Rachel Repke and Tara O’Prey to earn All-America honors in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:44.47, 25th fastest in the nation. The 2011-12 squad was tied for eighth-fastest.

Hart’s Haverford teammate and fellow All-Delco Alli Butera also earned All-American honors on the diving board.

On the boys side, male swimmer of the year Jimmy Jameson of the Haverford School earned honors for the 100 butterfly (the 79th-fastest time in the nation in 49.99 seconds) and 100 freestyle (95th in 45.93). Radnor’s medley relay team of Ryan Freedman, Mitch Gartland, Eli Avart and Trip Caulfield was honored as No. 60 thanks to their time of 1:34.58.

NISCA/Speedo also designated 11 Delco swimmers as Academic All-Americans, given to seniors compiling GPAs of 3.75 or higher. Among that group was Radnor’s Delcan Evans, Andrew Lin, Irina Ahn, Emily Boyes, Katie Harper, Jena Mainardi and Christine Wei, Haverford’s Benjamin O’Brien, Ellie Houck and Linda Morse and Ridley’s Margaret Muench.

Full list of honorees available here.

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