Awards for Swimmer of the Year, All-DMV Team, and ‘Who Swam It Fastest’

By Reach for the Wall staff.

The high school season concluded about a month ago, allowing us some time to take stock of how fast the various meets and swims were in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV) area. We captured results from all the high school division, region, state and invitational championship meets and compiled the top 16 times for each event.

In individual high school events in the DMV, there were 76 Automatic All American and 121 All American Consideration qualifying swims.  In two events (Women’s 100 Breaststroke and 100 Butterfly), all 16 athletes on the All-DMV list for those events swam at least an All American Consideration time!  That is, the women’s 100 Fly had 9 Automatic and 7 Consideration times, while the women’s 100 Breast had 6 Automatic and 10 Consideration times.

Based on the 2016-2017 high school swimming season, below are our awards for “Who Swam It Fastest”, the All-DMV Team, and Swimmer of the Year.

Who Swam It Fastest

To determine who swam a particular high school event the fastest, we analyzed which swimmer had the fastest time in comparison to the relevant All American standard.  (For this analysis, we left in the top swims from athletes that are outside of the DMV, but removed them for consideration for the ‘All-DMV’ teams (see below)).

Women

Event Time Name School Date Meet AA Std difference % diff
50 Free 23.08 Whittney Hamilton PHRO 2/17/2017 2017 VHSL 5A State Meet 23.27 0.19 0.82%
100 Free 49.85 Sinead Eksteen MCLN 2/16/2017 2017 VHSL 6A State Meet 50.5 0.65 1.29%
200 Free 1:46.53 Sinead Eksteen MCLN 2/16/2017 2017 VHSL 6A State Meet 1:48.95 2.42 2.22%
500 Free 4:44.89 Sinead Eksteen MHS 1/27/2017 2017 Liberty Conference 6 4:52.43 7.54 2.58%
100 Back 53.14 Phoebe Bacon SR 2/2/2017 2017 WMPSSDL Swim & Dive 55.18 2.04 3.70%
100 Breast 1:01.03 Jacquee Clabeaux CHNT 2/16/2017 2017 VHSL 6A State Meet 63.03 2 3.17%
100 Fly 53.51 Whittney Hamilton PHRO 2/17/2017 2017 VHSL 5A State Meet 54.65 1.14 2.09%
200 IM 1:59.22 Emma Muzzy CSHS 2/18/2017 VHSL 3A State Meet 2:02.21 2.99 2.45%

Phoebe Bacon’s 100 backstroke was the fastest swim in relation to the All American Standard with a differential percentage of 3.7. This time was also the 3rd best in the country according to PrepSwimming.com. We know this isn’t Phoebe’s fastest time as she swam a 52.82 in December at a Club meet, but it is her fastest in a high school meet.

 

Men

Event Time Name School Date Meet AA Std difference % diff
50 Free 20.28 Tommy Hallock OAKT 2/16/2017 2017 VHSL 6A State Meet 20.69 0.41 1.98%
100 Free 44.24 Tommy Hallock OAKT 2/16/2017 2017 VHSL 6A State Meet 45.14 0.9 1.99%
200 Free 1:37.47 Sam Pomajevich SJMN 2/16/2017 2017 VHSL 6A State Meet 1:38.91 1.44 1.46%
500 Free 4:24.31 Lane Stone WSPR 1/31/2017 2017 Northern Region 4:29.69 5.38 1.99%
100 Back 48.94 Will Cumberland PATR 2/16/2017 2017 VHSL 6A State Meet 49.74 0.8 1.61%
100 Breast 54.42 Sterling Smith DEM 2/2/2017 2017 WMPSSDL Swim & Dive 56.09 1.67 2.98%
100 Fly 48.23 Sam Pomajevich SJMN 2/16/2017 2017 VHSL 6A State Meet 49.23 1 2.03%
200 IM 1:48.7 Sean Conway LV 2/17/2017 VHSL 4A Swimming & Diving 1:50.01 1.31 1.19%

On the Men’s side, Sterling Smith’s 100 Breaststroke performance was the best at 2.98, which also put him at 5th in the country via PrepSwimming.com.

All-DMV Team

We all know that the Washington Post identifies ‘All-Met’ swimmers each year, citing their judgement and placement in championship meets as criteria.  But we also want to recognize high school swimmers in our area based on how the NCAA/College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) determines their All-American teams, so we’re creating an “All-DMV Team” award.

Basically, if we were to simulate a single championship meet, the top 1-8 finishers in each event would be First Team All-DMV, and the next 9-16 would be Second Team All-DMV.  Also, to be considered for the All-DMV team and Swimmer of the Year, the swimmer/school must be within a 50 mile radius of Washington D.C.  Thus, Whittney Hamilton and Emma Muzzy (who attend schools in Roanoke, VA) are both out of the radius for consideration.

Swimmer of the Year

Last, the discussion for Swimmer of the Year.  In some team sports (e.g., NBA/MLB), this honor is given to the athlete that has the highest impact on the team and has elevated the team to great performances. In other sports, this honor is given to the athlete that has the best single/multiple performances in a specified event.

Here’s what we’re using for our criteria:

  1. The swimmer must have at least 1 top time in an event in the DMV;
  2. S/he has a faster time than the All American standard for an event (and the higher percentage above the standard, the better);
  3. S/he is ranked in the country as provided by PrepSwimming.com; and
  4. As a tie-breaker/additional consideration, number of swims in the top 16

Women

Sinead Ecksteen
Sinead Eksteen – 2017 Female Swimmer of the Year

Based on the criteria above, Phoebe BaconJacquee Clabeaux, Sinead EcksteenAbby Harter and Anna Landon are the candidates for our female ‘Swimmer of the Year’ award.

Female Swimmer of the Year:

Sinead Eksteen

Three #1 times in the DMV – 100 Free (1.29%, #19 in the Country), 200 Free (2.22%, #8 in the Country), 500 Free (2.58%, #11 in the Country)

Runner Up: Phoebe Bacon

Two #1 times in the DMV – 100 backstroke (3.7%, #3 in the Country) and 100 Fly (2.03%, #13 in the Country).  Also has one #2 DMV time in 50 Free (.09%, #53 in the Country)

 

 

Men

Tommy Hallock 3
Tommy Hallock – 2017 Male Swimmer of the Year

Based on the criteria above, Sean ConwayWill CumberlandTommy HallockSam PomajevichSterling Smith and Lane Stone are the candiates for our male ‘Swimmer of the Year’ award.

Male Swimmer of the Year:

Tommy Hallock

Two #1 times in the DMV – 50 Free (1.98%, #10 in the Country) and 100 Free (1.99%, #10 in the Country)

Runner Up: Sam Pomajevich

Two #1 times in the DMV – 200 free (1.46%, #17 in the Country) and 100 fly (2.03%, #13 in the Country).  Also has one #15 DMV time in 100 free (not AA consideration, #162 in the Country)

5 thoughts on “Awards for Swimmer of the Year, All-DMV Team, and ‘Who Swam It Fastest’

  • Apr 3, 2017 at 1:08 pm
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    Interesting analysis .. Thanks
    Had a look at prepswimming.com’s list of women 500 free .. there are 8 swimmers from North Dakota in the top 10, and non of them have other fast times (so I believe their times are incorrect) .. that moves all DMV swimmers in 500 free up by 8 places .. placing Eksteen at 3rd in the country and Rongione at 7th

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    • Apr 4, 2017 at 12:56 am
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      Thanks Distance Dude! Yes, we saw the issue with the women’s 500 (possibly other events) & should have linked to their disclaimer:
      “While collegeswimming.com will attempt to keep the Site Content contained on or accessible through this Site both timely and accurate, collegeswimming.com makes no guarantees, and disclaims any implied warranty or representation about the Site Content’s or the resources’ accuracy, relevance, timeliness, completeness, or appropriateness for a particular purpose.”
      We also thought to try to collect the top times from USA Swimming, but couldn’t really get a good filter for just highschool swimmers…For instance if we limited the date range to December- February, and age 14-18, we still get a lot of times from collegiate swimmers and non-highschool club meets, Sinead Ecksteen’s time shows up ranked 28th. Thus, we went with prepswimming.com as the ‘best’ collection of high school times at the national level, even with the flaws.

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  • Apr 4, 2017 at 1:42 am
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    Why are private school swimmers never taken into considersation? It’s a shame that those swimmers aren’t getting the recognition they deserve.

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    • Apr 4, 2017 at 5:59 pm
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      I believe if you reread the article and pull up the individual and relay “All DMV” teams you will see that private school swimmers are represented. Gonzaga, Georgetown Prep and Good Counsel, Stone Ridge, Holton Arms and Saint John’s College are all private schools and are represented in the article.

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    • Apr 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm
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      They were. Just the VHSL state results were faster across the board than Metros or WMPSSDL’s.

      Only caveat in relying on VHSL state results, you listed a girl from Patrick Henry – Roanoke and another from Cave Spring….not exactly the ‘DMV’ area.

      Should have listed Chantilly’s Lea Gwennap – 2:00.49 in the 200IM and Falls Church’s Anna Landon going 23.19 in the 50 free. They are actually in the DC area…

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