Boys Swimming: Aurora swimmers net 14 NISCA All-American awards for 2014 season

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Regis Jesuit senior Hennessey Stuart appeared on the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association’s 2013-14 All-American boys swimming list five times, for three individual events and two relays. (Marla R. Keown/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The city’s boys swim strength in the 2014 season was reflected in the All-American honors doled out this week by the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA).

A total of 14 performances from Aurora swimmers landed on NISCA’s annual list that came out Wednesday, with swimmers from Regis Jesuit, Grandview and Smoky Hill high schools receiving honors.

All three relay teams for Class 5A state champion Regis Jesuit received All-American status, including the 400 yard freestyle team of seniors Hennessey Stuart, Mitchell Bruckman, Chris Dawson and Austin Phillips, which ranked No. 3 in the country with the Colorado state record time of 3 minutes, 0.43 seconds they posted at the conclusion of the state meet May 17 at Veterans’ Memorial Aquatic Center.

The 200 medley unit of Hennessey Stuart and juniors Quinlan Stuart, Chris Morales and Will Pieseski and the 200 freestyle team of Dawson, Morales, Phillips and Pieseski also swam their way onto the All-American list.

Individually, Hennessey Stuart — the 5A Swimmer of the Year — finished second in the country with the time of 46.80 seconds he recorded in the 100 backstroke, a time that ranked only behind the 46.65 clocked by Michael Thomas of Hatboro Horsham in Pennsylvania. Stuart also earned All-American status in the 200 individual medley, which he also won at the state meet, and in the 100 freestyle with his opening split of 44.0 seconds on the 400 free relay.

The Iowa-bound Dawson earned All-American status in both the 200 and 500 freestyles, Quinlan Stuart made it in the 100 breaststroke — which he won at the state meet — as well as the 200 IM, an event that saw Bruckman become the third Regis Jesuit swimmer to achieve the All-American distinction. Phillips, a University of Utah recruit, earned his individual All-American nod in the 200 freestyle.

Junior diver Kyle Goodwin — who won his third consecutive 5A state championship — ended up on the NISCA diving All-American list released a week earlier.

Grandview had a fantastic season in the relay events with the core group of West Virginia-bound senior Triston Mosby, juniors James Boone and Alex Turner and sophomore Robin Kuebler. The Wolves’ foursome posted a time of 3:07.95 in the 400 freestyle that got them All-American distinction.

Arizona State signee Juhan Hong of Smoky Hill landed on the All-American list for his time of 4:29.55 in the 500 freestyle.

Courtney Oakes is Sports Editor of the Aurora Sentinel. Reach him at 303-750-7555 or [email protected] Twitter: @aurorasports. Facebook: Aurora Prep Sentinel

AURORA 2014 NISCA BOYS SWIMMING ALL-AMERICANS

200 yard medley relay: Regis Jesuit (Hennessey Stuart, Quinlan Stuart, Chris Morales, Will Pieseski), 1:31.71; 200 yard freestyle: Austin Phillips (Regis Jesuit), 1:38.04; Chris Dawson (Regis Jesuit), 1:38.74; 200 yard individual medley: Hennessey Stuart (Regis Jesuit), 1:46.45; Quinlan Stuart (Regis Jesuit), 1:51.86; Mitchell Bruckman (Regis Jesuit), 1:38.93; Diving: Kyle Goodwin (Regis Jesuit); 100 yard freestyle: Hennessey Stuart (Regis Jesuit), 44.00; 500 yard freestyle: Christopher Dawson (Regis Jesuit), 4:23.82; Juhan Hong (Smoky Hill), 4:29.55; 200 yard free relay: Regis Jesuit (Will Pieseski, Chris Morales, Chris Dawson, Austin Phillips), 1:25.30; 100 yard backstroke: Hennessey Stuart (Regis Jesuit), 46.80 seconds; 100 yard breaststroke: Quinlan Stuart (Regis Jesuit), 57.07 seconds; 400 yard freestyle relay: Regis Jesuit (Hennessey Stuart, Mitchell Bruckman, Chris Dawson, Austin Phillips), 3:00.43; Grandview (Triston Mosby, Alex Turner, Robin Kuebler, James Boone), 3:07.95