LAKE GENEVA — Badger High School senior Thomas Whowell has been named one of 1,231 swimmers in the United States to make the USA Swimming Scholastic All American Team.
Whowell swims with the Schroeder YMCA Swim Team and is a member of the Badger co-op swim team. The list was released Sept. 22, 2021 by USA swimming.
To be considered for this year’s team, swimmers had to have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 for the 2020-21 school year and swum a 2019 Winter Junior qualifying time in any individual event between September 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021. (See below for more details.) The number of athletes increased by 13% from 2020, when 1,087 were named. In 2019, 1,634 made the team.
Olympians Lydia Jacoby (3 years on the team), Torri Huske (4 years), Katie Grimes, and Bella Sims headlined the 2021 selection. Huske was the only athlete who achieved a perfect score, earning a 4.0 GPA and the title of Open Champion, which she claimed via her win in the 100m free at the 2020 Toyota U.S. Open. This is the second consecutive year where Huske has received a perfect score.
Jacoby, Huske, Grimes, and Sims were joined by National Teamers Blair Stoneburg and Matt Fallon (4 years).
Also on the team are top-10 recruits from the class of 2021 Letitia Sim (4 years), Samantha Tadder (4 years), Josephine Fuller (4 years), Rachel Stege, Tim Connery, Luke Hobson (4 years), Luke Barr (4 years), Sam Hoover (4 years), and Matt Fenlon (4 years). Top-10 recruits from 2022 are Baylor Nelson (3 years), NAG Record breaker Liam Custer (3 years), Landon Gentry (3 years), Michael Cotter, Sebastien Sergile (3 years), Sam Powe, Will Hayon (3 years), NAG Record breaker Claire Tuggle, Lucy Bell (3 years), Zoe Dixon (3 years), and Rye Ulett (3 years). Top-10 recruits from 2023 who made the team include Will Modglin (2 years), Nate Germonprez (2 years), Keaton Jones (2 years), Andrew Taylor (2 years), Tess Howley (2 years), Kiley Wilhelm (2 years), Cavan Gormsen (2 years), Camille Spink (2 years), Michaela Mattes (2 years), Caroline Bricker (2 years), Julia Podkoscielny (2 years), and Erin Gemmell (2 years).