Who Will Be Swimming World’s 2018 High School Swimmers of the Year?


Every year Swimming World highlights the top Male and Female High School Swimmers of the Year in the August issue. In anticipation of the release of the August issue we at Swimming World would like to take a look back at previous winners.

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2017 Winners: Reece Whitley and Morgan Tankersley


Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Reece Whitley completed his junior year at William Penn Charter High School (Pa.) in amazing fashion. The 6’8″ 17-year-old topped the rankings in both the 100 breast and 200 IM, while also posting a new national record in the 100 breast. He was a key athlete to watch at the 2016 Olympic Trials and has been named Sports Illustrated’s SportsKid of the Year. Whitley returned to William Penn for his senior year, nabbing record-breaking titles in the 200 IM and 100 breast once again. He also lent his verbal commitment to join the men’s team at the University of Cal-Berkeley.


Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Morgan Tankersley had a very successful senior season while swimming for Plant High School in Tampa, Florida. At the Florida Class 4A State Championships, she set three new state records and earned top rankings in the 200 and 500 yard freestyles, as well as a third place finish in the 100 freestyle. Throughout all of her success, Tankersley has remained a positive light and decided to spread that light to Stanford, where she will join the Cardinal this fall.

2018Emily Weiss, Yorktown High School, IndianaReece Whitley, Penn Charter High School, Pennsylvania
2017Morgan Tankersley, Plant High School, FloridaReece Whitley, Penn Charter High School, Pennsylvania
2016Beata Nelson, Mount Hebron, WisconsinGrant Shoults, Rancho Margarita, California
2015Katie Ledecky, Stone Ridge, MarylandAndrew Seliskar, Thomas Jefferson S&T, Virginia
2014Katie Ledecky, Stone Ridge, MarylandCaeleb Dressel, Clay, Florida
2013Olivia Smoliga, Glenbrook South, IllinoisRyan Murphy, Bolles, Florida/Jack Conger, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Maryland
2012Missy Franklin, Regis Jesuit, ColoradoJack Conger, Our Lady of Good Counsel, Maryland
2011Rachel Bootsma, Eden Prairie, Minnesota/Jasmine Tosky, Palo Alto, CaliforniaDavid Nolan, Hershey, Pennsylvania
2010Dagny Knutson, Minot, North DakotaVlad Morozov, Torrance, California
2009Dagny Knutson, Minot, North DakotaTom Shields, Edison, California
2008Mary Beck, Austin Westlake, TexasJimmy Feigen, Winston Churchill, Texas
2007Mary Beck, Austin Westlake, TexasAustin Staab, Westerville Central, Ohio
2006Kate Ziegler, O'Connell, VirginiaRicky Berens, South Mecklenburg, North Carolina
2005Jessica Hardy, Long Beach Wilson, CaliforniaAlex Righi, Brophy, Arizona
2004Jessica Hardy, Long Beach Wilson, CaliforniaKyle Bubolz, Waukesha North, Wisconsin
2003Kara Lynn Joyce, Ann Arbor Pioneer, MichiganMatt Grevers, Lake Forest, Illinois
2002Christina Swindle, Gulliver Prep, FloridaMike Cavic, Tustin, California
2001Christina Swindle, Gulliver Prep, FloridaJayme Cramer, St. Xavier, Ohio
2000Janelle Atkinson, The Bolles School, FloridaAlex Lim, The Bolles School, Florida
1999Kristen Woodring, Wilson, PennsylvaniaAlex Lim, The Bolles School, Florida
1998Natalie Coughlin, Carondelet, CaliforniaPatrick Fowler, Seattle Prep, Washington
1997Misty Hyman, Shadow Mountain, ArizonaNate Dusing, Covington Catholic, Kentucky
1996Misty Hyman, Shadow Mountain, ArizonaN/A


  1. avatar
    Wayne McCauley

    Reece hasn’t been 6 foot 4 inches for many years. He towers over Michael Phelps and seems to be still growing.

    Not sure his actual height right now, probably over 6 foot 8 inches although I have seen 6″ 9 inches posted.
    Once he gets to Cal we will see how fast he can get, should be sub 50 seconds for the 100 yards, USA needs him to go 56 seconds in 2020.