Girls Swimming: Grandview girls earn national honors again in classroom

April Wood on Monday March 14, 2016 at Aurora Sentinel. Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel
Grandview senior April Wood, a member of the 2015-16 Aurora Sentinel All-City Girls Swim Team, earned Academic All-American honors from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) and helped the Wolves win a Gold Star Scholar Award with one of the 20th-highest team Grade Point Average in the country. (Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel)

AURORA | The Grandview girls swim team continued to succeed as much in the classroom as it did in the pool.

Coach Karen Ammon’s Wolves — who finished 12th at the Class 5A girls state swim meet in February — were one of just 60 teams across the country to received the Gold Star Award for their academic prowess in the 2015-16 season from the National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA).

Grandview’s cumulative Grade Point Average for the season stood at 3.855, which tied for 20th best in the country with Brighton High School of Cottonwood, Utah. The Wolves were the only Colorado team to earn Gold Star honors, while Valor Christian appeared in the Silver Star category with a 3.697 GPA.

Ammon’s team has captured the Gold Star Scholar award for three straight seasons and also collected Silver Star honors in 2011-2012 and 2012-13.

In addition, nearly a handful of Wolves appeared on NISCA’s list of 2016 Academic All-Americans.

A total of 29 girls swimmers from Colorado earned the distinction, among them the Grandview group of swimmers April and Mia Wood — who are both bound for the Colorado School of Mines — Dartmouth-bound Loghan Thomas and diver Isobel Griffin. Mia Wood and Thomas were Valedictorians of Grandview’s Class of 2016.

Cherokee Trail diver Jessica Burley also earned Academic All-American honors.

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


Gold Star: GRANDVIEW, 3.855 GPA; Silver Star: 3.697


JESSICA BURLEY (DIVING), CHEROKEE TRAIL; Jamie Commander (swimming), Monarch; Sarah Dalgleish (swimming), Fairview; Cameron De Voto Noonan (swimming), Fairview; Greta Dunn (swimming), Fairview; Georgia Gallagher (swimming), Mountain Vista; Jayden Glover (swimming), Fort Collins; Marie Goodwyn (swimming), Cheyenne Mountain; ISOBEL GRIFFIN (DIVING), GRANDVIEW: Jenna Hattendorf (swimming), Fairview; Addison Hobbs(swimming), Monarch; Jennica Kelm (swimming), Monarch; Katrina Lems (swimming), Fairview; Kathleen Liebster (swimming), Cheyenne Mountain; Kathryn Clare Lupo (swimming), Fairview; Reilly McGavern (diving), Mountain Vista; Lindsey Peck (swimming), Fairview; Avery Tallman (diving), Fairview; LOGHAN THOMAS (SWIMMING), GRANDVIEW; Logan Tidstrom (swimming), Fairview; Kathryn Trax (swimming), Fossil Ridge; Cassidy Waldrip (swimming), Fairview; APRIL WOOD (SWIMMING), GRANDVIEW; MIA WOOD (SWIMMING), GRANDVIEW); Arie Wright (swimming), Fairview; Brienne Yost (swimming), Monarch; Rachel Zable (swimming), Cheyenne Mountain