Several local swimmers and divers earned national recognition this month for their stellar performance in the pool this past school year.
Ten Wesco athletes were named All-Americans by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. In order for a swimmer to be considered as a NISCA High School All-American, they must compete for an interscholastic team and be scholastically eligible as determined by their state athletic association or school authority, according to the NISCA website.
Kamiak junior Vlad Gilszmer was the only local competitor to earn All-American honors in two different events. Gilszmer, who won Class 4A state titles in the 500-yard freestyle and 200 freestyle relay, received the nod in both events. Gilszmer is joined by relay teammates Slava Gilszmer, Brain Park and Max Fang, who combined to set a new 4A state meet record in the event in February with a time of 1 minute, 25.53 seconds.
Kamiak girls swimmer Elli Straume, an Arizona State University signee, earned an All-American nod in the 100 freestyle.
Snohomish junior Kayli Kersavage, a decorated three-time state diving champion who will have the unique chance at four state titles in the same event, was the only girls diver from Washington to make the cut.
Lake Stevens senior Alejandro Flores earned All-American honors after posting the seventh fastest personal-best time in the country in the 100 breaststroke, finishing the race in 54.08 seconds.
Pair of coaches leave Snohomish
Snohomish volleyball coach Alex Tarin and boys wrestling coach Joey Brown have each parted ways with their programs.
Tarin leaves the Panthers’ volleyball program after a success-filled nine-season stint as head coach. Under Tarin, Snohomish made five state tournament appearances, including a fifth-place finish at the 3A tournament in 2018, and a pair of district titles.
Brown, who spent the past five seasons as the Panthers’ head coach, helped the boys wrestling team to 4-2 mark in league meets last season and a 7-2 record overall. He’s been named the new head wrestling coach at Ridgewater College in Willmar, Minnesota.
“We wish both of these coaches good luck in the future and appreciate the time and commitment that they gave to our programs and athletes,” Snohomish athletics director Mark Perry said in an email.