Swimming World Presents “The Battle For First: 2019’s Top High School Swimmers”

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Torri Huske - Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

The Battle For First

By Dan D’Adonna & David Rieder

Not only did this year’s top high school swimmers turn in impressive performances, but six of the top eight will be returning next season, providing optimism for another year of fast swimming.

CLAIRE CURZAN, Freshman
Cardinal Gibbons High School, N.C.

Claire Curzan was the post prolific high school freshman in the nation this season. Swimming for Cardinal Gibbons High School, an independent school in Raleigh, N.C., Curzan turned in the second-fastest times in the country in two events, the 100 yard back (51.88) and 100 fly (51.60).

ZOIE HARTMAN, Senior
Monte Vista High School, Danville, Calif.
For the second straight year, Zoie Hartman finished in second place for Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year honors. And for the second straight year, the senior from Monte Vista High School in Danville, Calif. ranked first in the 200 yard IM (1:55.29, more than a half-second faster than last year) and in power points.

AYLA SPITZ, Senior
Newport Harbor High School, Newport Beach, Calif.
Ayla Spitz finished her strong high school career with national top times in the 100 and 200 yard freestyle (48.63, 1:45.02).
Next fall, she’ll be moving from Southern California to northern California in Berkeley, where she’ll be swimming for Cal.

ETHAN HU, Junior
The Harker School, San Jose, Calif.
At California’s high school state championships this May, Harker junior Ethan Hu threw down a 45.72 in the 100 yard fly, the second-fastest mark ever recorded by a high school swimmer. The only man to go faster was Bolles’ Joseph Schooling, who went on to win Olympic gold in the 100 meter fly in 2016, and Hu swam just 2-tenths slower with a year still to go in his high school career.

JAKE MITCHELL, Junior
Carmel High School, Carmel, Ind.
Mitchell, a junior, finished the high school season as one of the country’s fastest middle-distance freestylers. He put up a 1:34.24 in the 200 yard free and 4:16.72 in the 500 that both ranked second in the country for the 2018-19 high school season.

The Top 4 High School Swimmers of the Year 2019 Chart

 

To read more about each of the top high school swimmers this year,
check out the full July 2019 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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FEATURES

016 EXPLOSIVELY FAST…AND ONLY A SOPHOMORE
by Dan D’Addona
Torri Huske of Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va., is a national high school record holder, the fastest female this past high school season in two individual events and Swimming World’s Female High School Swimmer of the Year. And she still has two more years remaining of high school!

018 SHARING THE SAME PATH TO SUCCESS
by David Rieder
Swimmers Carson Foster and Luca Urlando: both are high school juniors…both were U.S. teammates and four-time gold medalists at the 2018 Junior Pan Pacs in Fiji…and both were named as Swimming World’s Male High School Co-Swimmers of the Year. And they also share the Olympic dream of competing next year in Tokyo!

022 THE BATTLE FOR FIRST
by Dan D’Addona and David Rieder
Not only did this year’s top high school swimmers turn in impressive performances, but six of the top eight will be returning next season, providing optimism for another year of fast swimming.

024 TOP HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITS
by Chandler Brandes
Swimming World takes a look at the swimmers it considers to be the 10 best high school recruits (both male and female) from the Class of 2019 and where they’ll be attending college in the fall.

027 HISTORY IS ON THEIR SIDE
by David Rieder
Back before Mack Horton, Mireia Belmonte, Tyler Clary, Kyle Chalmers and Caeleb Dressel became Olympic gold medalists, they were World Junior champions. Who will emerge from the 2019 FINA World Junior Championships and follow the same path as many of those before them?

029 PIONEERS OF TITLE IX
by Bruce Wigo
Swimming World takes a look back to the years when there were only isolated opportunities for girls to swim while in high school. We also remember two pioneers who helped make swimming a high school sport for women: Donna de Varona and Sandra Bucha.

032 NUTRITION: AROUND THE TABLE WITH MICHIGAN LAKESHORE AQUATICS (Part 3)
by Dan D’Addona and Dawn Weatherwax

COACHING

010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: JERRY HOLTREY
by Michael J. Stott

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: THE PREVALENCE OF SHOULDER PROBLEMS IN SWIMMING
by Rod Havriluk
Shoulder injuries are as prevalent now as they were 40 years ago. This is especially troubling given what we know about technique adjustments to prevent shoulder injury. To decrease the number of shoulder problems, it is vital that injury management strategies emphasize prevention and not just provide treatment.

036 SPECIAL SETS: LISA BRATTON—WOMAN AT WORK
by Michael J. Stott
Coaches preach that swimming is a process, a journey honed by dedication and perseverance. Presenting Exhibit No. 1: professional swimmer Lisa Bratton.

038 TRAINING PARTNERS
by Michael J. Stott
While pool and open water practice may seem dissimilar, the two are actually remarkably complementary. Open water offers a host of transferable skills, including variety, aerobic benefit and strategic training.

041 Q&A WITH COACH RICK ROWLAND
by Michael J. Stott

042 HOW THEY TRAIN SCOTT TOLMAN
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

013 DRYSIDE TRAINING: CHAMPIONSHIP SPEED
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

034 GOLDMINDS: WE, NOT ME!
by Wayne Goldsmith
What makes swimming teams great? It’s the power of selflessness.

045 UP & COMERS: ERIN GEMMELL
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 BEYOND THE YARDS

031 DID YOU KNOW? CLARE DENNIS

044 HASTY HIGH POINTERS

046 GUTTER TALK

048 PARTING SHOT

1 comment

  1. Brad Boelter

    Hmmmm, state’s that don’t have dead weeks …🙄