The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association recently released its lists of high school All-America Certificate recipients for the 2016-17 school year, and the BoCoPreps.com coverage area is well represented — as could be expected with several state event champions.
The NISCA gives All-America status to the nation's top 100 times in each event. Overall, 1,207 female and 1,204 male individuals and relay teams earned spots and the state of Colorado had 50 females and 54 males listed. Locally, that included swimmers from Boulder, Broomfield and Fairview.
Another example of what kind of quality swimmer Harvard is getting in Michael Zarian, the recent Fairview graduate earned All-American status in four individual events and even had the third-fastest 200 individual medley in the prep ranks this past year (1 minute, 45.94 seconds). He also was eighth in the nation with his 100 butterfly (47.64) and was listed for both the 100 free and 200 free.
Fairview's boys 200 free relay (Zarian, Will Brown, Joe Felton, Walker Martin) and 400 free relay (Zarian, Martin, Lochlainn Renfrow, Justin Li) made the lists, as did Broomfield's 200 medley relay team of Harrison Lierz, Jacob Hanh, Austin Crump and Samuel Anderson.
Lierz, a rising sophomore, certainly made his presence known in the pool all year and was an individual All-American recipient in the 200 IM, the 500 free and the 100 backstroke.
Rounding out the boys lists were Boulder's Quinton Pierce and Nathan Rock. Pierce doubled up in the 200 free and 500 free — he won the 5A state title in May — and Rock was right there in the 500 free, as well.
Brittney Beetcher capped her amazing career with Fairview with two individual All-American honors — a four-year recipient in the 200 free and 500 free. The Knights also saw their younger swimmers come through in the relays, as the 200 medley team of Riley Tapley, Alex Schwier, Kim Lanaghen and Kaia Reznicek set a school mark in the event and had the 60th-best time nationwide. The 200 free relay team, which included Mikayla Seigal, Reznicek, Beetcher and Amelie Lessing had the 79th-best time in the country.