Swimmers: Led by Emma Weber, Regis Jesuit is stocking up on NISCA All-America accolades
Posted On July 22, 2021
DAWN | The fastest 100-meter breaststroke in the national preparation ranks in the 2020-21 women’s swimming season came from an Aurora program, as Jesuit junior Regis Emma Weber topped the list of the event in All-American lists released Friday by National Interschool Swimming Coaches. Association.
Not only did Weber’s time of 59.93 seconds on March 21 at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center earn him the State Class 5A Championship in the 100 breaststroke, it was also the only official time submitted to the NISCA who crossed the 1 minute mark in the event during a season affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Weber – a University of Virginia entry that went on to swim at the United States Olympic Trials in June – finished four times All-American for coach Nick Frasersmith’s Raiders, as she also won the honor individually in on 200 medley yards and with Regis Jesuit’s 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay teams. Her IM 5A State Championship winning time of 2: 01.08 placed her 24th nationally.
The Raiders’ other individual performances this season have come from Catherine Bradac senior and Grace Dale junior.
Bradac (a Boston College signatory) gave Regis Jesuit two All-American Brewers as her time of 1: 03.52 – which did not come to state competition, where she finished eighth – made her 84th in the National level. Dale (who verbally pledged to Tulane after the season) clocked the 23.48 second time that placed her fourth in the 50-yard free in state competition tied for 77th place on the NISCA roster All-American.
Juniors Allie Sanchez and Greta Leege and sophomore Rosie Jump contributed to the All-American performance of the 20th-ranked Regis Jesuit 200 medley relay team and Leege and Jump combined with Weber and Dale in the 200 freestyle relay the fastest in the country.
Grandview – who finished eighth in state competition – also joined the All-American mix.
Coach Karen Ammon’s Wolves also won two All-American honors, which came individually from senior Julia Matney, who was also part of the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relay teams that also won the honor.
Matney was sixth in the state 100-yard butterfly competition, but swam faster in a previous competition with a 55.20 that gave the Fresno state signing All-American status in as the country’s 75th fastest.
Matney teamed up with fellow senior Hailey Matthews and freshmen Amelia Brown and Keira Vail for a time of 3: 29.41 in the 400 freestyle relay that tied Grandview for 63rd nationally, while the state meets a time of 1: 36.91 set by Matney’s team, senior Jenna Moss, juniors Skylar Nollenberger and Brown placed 94th nationally in the 200 freestyle relay.
Boulder, Broomfield, Chatfield, Cherry Creek, Cheyenne Mountain, Fossil Ridge, Heritage, Legacy, Lewis-Palmer, Mullen, Niwot and Rampart were also represented.
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