Six Evanston Township High School swimmers were selected to be on the 2009-2010 National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-American Team, an honor that recognizes the best swimmers in the country. Evanston swimmers are Max Behles, Roxy Capron, Jane Munro, Sarah Thompson, Kristina Walsh and Amanda Weidner.
“Six All-Americans on one team is an outstanding number, [the ETHS community] couldn’t be more proud of them,” says Chris Livatino, athletic director at ETHS. Mr. Livatino specifically praised ETHS alums Max Behles, an All-American for his 200 free, and Jane Munro and Kristina Walsh for the second time being on the All-American team.
“It was really awesome to receive such a prestigious honor,” says senior Sarah Thompson. Sarah, her first as an All-American, was recognized for her 200 free and her participation on the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay.
Swimmers are chosen for to be on the All-American team, based on their times. Jane Munro, will swim at the University of Virginia next year.
“To be on the All-American team, you have to make certain cuts or times. Those who have faster times will automatically be an All-American. There are consideration times where a certain number of people under a specific time will also be All-Americans,” says Jane. She adds, “The cuts are made by the NISCA [National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association]. The only requirements are the cuts and then the times have to be done at the high school state meet.”
Not only have these ETHS swimmers excelled athletically, but also academically as well. In order to make the Scholastic All-American team, swimmers have to have great times and great grades.
“You have to apply to be reconignized specifically as a Scholastic All-American,” explains Sarah. She adds, “You have to show that you rock at swimming, but also at school as well. The NISCA has to see that there is a balance between school and swimming, and that the swimmer has good priorities.”