Scholastic All-America Team

By Reach for the Wall staff.

USA Swimming just announced the Official Time Standards to qualify for the Scholastic All-America (SAA) team in 2016-2017.

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Last year, a total of 1,172 USA Swimming athletes qualified for the SAA team, 60 of whom were from PVS (4th most in the U.S.).  Of clubs, NCAP had the 2nd most athletes on the SAA team last year (33), just behind the 35 athletes from SwimMAC in North Carolina.

SAA team members receive three certificates and a bag tag.  Three-timers will receive a special gift.

To qualify for the SAA team, applicants must have:

  • Completed 10th 11th or 12th grade.
  • Obtained a minimum 3.5 GPA for the current academic year.
    • A=4, B=3, C=2. If numerical grades are used, the following scale will be used unless the school’s letter grade conversion is given on the transcript: A=90-100; B=80-89; C=70-79.
    • Honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual credit college level academic courses will earn one half (.5) extra Grade Point.
    • Grades are calculated only for academic subjects (i.e., history/social studies, English, mathematics, sciences, foreign languages, arts (visual and performing), computer sciences), not for non-academic courses (e.g., band, choir, health, driver education, physical education, and any other class marked non-academic on a transcript).
    • A grade lower than a C in an academic subject will mean automatic rejection of the applicant.
    • There will be no special status designation for a 4.0 GPA other than for a national champion who also has a 4.0 GPA.
  • Swum an individual pool time equal to a 2016 Winter Junior qualifying time in any individual event during the SAA qualifying period (August 16, 2016 – August 15, 2017) with qualifying times in the SWIMS database.
    • Only ONE time is necessary and only ONE application is necessary.

To apply for the SAA team in 2016-17:

  • Go to the USA Swimming Home Page or any page on the site.
  • In the upper right corner, click on “Sign In”.
    • If you do not have an account, click on the link to “create account” and follow the instructions.
    • If you have an account, simply type your log in name and your password in the appropriate place.
  • Make sure the account you have signed in with is linked to your (the athlete’s) USA Membership account.
    • If you are unsure of the link, go to My Account, Membership Information, where you can either link with ‘Click Here’ or Unlink to check the linked membership record and relink.)
    • You will not be able to access the SAA application without being logged in and linked to the athlete’s Membership account.
    • Note to Parents: If you are trying to apply for your child, you will have to use his/her log in and password information in order to link to the swim times for your child.
  • Once you are sure you are correctly linked to your athlete registration, navigate to the SAA Application page and complete the application.
  • Your complete high school transcript will need to be uploaded for your application to be complete. All grades for the current year (both semesters 2016-2017) must be on the transcript.
    • Note that school transcripts are the only documentation accepted for the SAA application (PDF or JPG files).
      • Word documents, grade cards and report cards will NOT be accepted.
    • Only grades for the 2016-2017 school year will be used to determine your GPA, but a complete transcript is required.

Once complete, make sure you SUBMIT the application.  If you cannot complete the application, SAVE your work so you can go back again to finish.  Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email sent to your Deck Pass log-in email.  If you do not receive that confirmation immediately upon submission, PLEASE contact Betty Kooy (blkooy@gmail.com) so that she can check the status of your application.

When a USA Swimming tabulator has completed evaluation of the materials, you will be notified of either acceptance or rejection via email.

For more information about the SAA program, go to http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1582&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en (note:  USA Swimming will update this page with 2016-17 information when they launch their new website in February).  Or contact Betty Kooy (blkooy@gmail.com).

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