NISCA Begins Posting All-American Applications Processed, Staggering Number of All-Americans Expected, More Likely to Come with NFHS Ruling

WINETKA, Illinois, June 17. THE National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association has begun posting 2008-09 All-American applications that have been processed, and the numbers are staggering.

Click here for the applications processed so far.

The number of automatic All-American cuts thus far are as follows:

200 medley relay: 164
200 free: 171
200 IM: 161
50 free: 163
100 fly: 160
100 free: 172
500 free: 148
200 free relay: 139
100 back: 169
100 breast: 154
400 free relay: 156

200 medley relay: 165
200 free: 117
200 IM: 136
50 free: 133
100 fly: 169
100 free: 145
500 free: 108
200 free relay: 127
100 back: 163
100 breast: 136
400 free relay: 124

The potential for even more All-Americans in the coming year is greater with a 2009-10 point of emphasis by the National Federation of State High School Associations, known as the NFHS.

In an attempt to eliminate bikinis and other two-piece suits from high school competition, the NFHS released the following ruling:

2.) Legal competitive suits – The option to wear a two piece suit has become outdated from a competitive suit manufacturer's standpoint. Competition suits for swimming and diving are made as one piece. The recreational two piece suit is not appropriate for the interscholastic competition. If it is desired to wear a second suit, this would be allowed by rule, provided it is a one piece suit over another one piece suit.

The ruling will allow swimmers representing their high schools to wear one technical suit underneath another technical suit, a practice already banned by FINA this year in the Olympic movement portion of the sport.