Lake Stevens’ Alejandro Flores competes in the 100-yard breaststroke during the Class 4A Northwest District Swim & Dive Championships on Feb. 15, 2020, at Snohomish Aquatic Center. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Lake Stevens’ Alejandro Flores competes in the 100-yard breaststroke during the Class 4A Northwest District Swim & Dive Championships on Feb. 15, 2020, at Snohomish Aquatic Center. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Prep notebook: Local swimmers, divers named All-Americans

Several locals earned national honors; Pair of coaches step down at Snohomish High School.

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’s Kayli Kersavage gives a thumbs-up after taking first place in the 1 meter diving competition during the Class 3A Girls Swim & Dive Championships at King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way on Nov. 16, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish’s Kayli Kersavage gives a thumbs-up after taking first place in the 1 meter diving competition during the Class 3A Girls Swim & Dive Championships at King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way on Nov. 16, 2019. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

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.

Shorewood senior Isaac Poole, the 3A state title winner, was one of five boys divers from the state to be named to the list.

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.

Click here for full lists for each event.

Pair of coaches leave Snohomish

Snohomish volleyball coach Alex Tarin and boys wrestling coach Joey Brown have each parted ways with their programs.

Snohomish volleyball coach Alex Tarin (right) celebrates with his team after clinching a state berth with a win over Oak Harbor on Nov. 14, 2019, at Marysville Pilchuck High School. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Snohomish volleyball coach Alex Tarin (right) celebrates with his team after clinching a state berth with a win over Oak Harbor on Nov. 14, 2019, at Marysville Pilchuck High School. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

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.

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