COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – A total of seven University of Texas swimmers have been named All-Americans by USA Swimming, and two have been named to its national team, the governing body announced this week. The awards were based on each individual’s performances in major national meets this past summer.
Headlining the group is sophomore Jon Younghouse (Cape Girardeau, Mo. / Central HS) and in-coming freshman Joey Montague (Houston, Texas / Cypress Creek HS), who were both named to the USA Swimming National ‘B’ Team. That group is comprised of U.S. swimmers who rank in the top 9-16 in their events in the FINA World Rankings as of Aug. 28, 1998.
Younghouse earned All-America honors in the 200-meter, 400-meter and 1,500-meter freestyle and placed in the top six in all three events at the 1998 U.S. Summer Nationals in Clovis, Calif. in August. By virtue of his 2nd-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle there, he qualified for the 1999 Pan Pacific Games in Sydney, Australia, August 23-29, 1999. Younghouse had a breakthrough 1997-98 season for the Longhorns, as he earned two NCAA All-American honors in the 500-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle.
Montague will compete in the 1999 Pan American Games by virtue of his fourth-place finishes in both the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley at the 1998 U.S. Summer Nationals. Montague, a four-time high school All-American, finished second in the 200 IM at the 1997 U.S. Spring Nationals.