By Steve Joos
Six members of the Mount Vernon High School swim team have been named to the 2012 All-American Team by the National High School Swim Coaches’ Association.
The Mount Vernon girls were ranked second in the nation for public schools with less than 900 students, while the boys were fifth in their division and 151st overall. The Lady Wet Wildcats were 44th among all the nation’s high school swim teams.
Erika McCormick and Clara Baggett achieved All-American status in two events. The Indiana-bound swimmer had the nation’s fourth-fastest time in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.68) and also received All-American honors in the 200-indivdual medley (2:03.84), while freshman Baggett was 24th in the 50-freestyle (:23.25) and 42nd in the 100-freestyle (:50.74). McCormick, Baggett, Kelsey Turner, Mary Klueh, Samantha Gowdy and Amy Steele made All-American in three relays, the first time in the history of USA Swimming that a small (Class Five) public school has had three All-America relay teams.
McCormick is one of seven Wet Cats who will be moving on to college with swimming and/or academic scholarships. Steele will attend IU on a Lilly Endowment scholarship, while Klueh is headed for IUPUI, Emily Harris is bound for Birmingham Southern and Kendyl Bourne is going to Franklin College. Off the boys’ team, Layton Hopper is attending Princeton;, Nicholas Loehr, Eastern Illinois; and Reid Mobley, the University of Evansville.