Coed Varsity Swimming & Dive · Knights Swimmers Excel In / Out of the Pool and Around the Country


This summer, five Knights were recognized by two national organizations for their contributions in and out of the classroom. Additionally, seven Knights continued their training programs with state and national level championship meets across the country.

NISCA All American and Academic All Americans
Katharine Ward was named All American by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) in both the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Breaststroke. Katharine earned this designation by being one of the one hundred fastest swimmers in the nation in each stroke.
NISCA also recognized graduating seniors Ben Hudson and Joe Peak as Academic All Americans. Ben and Joe were honored as Academic All Americans by lettering in swimming their Senior year and by maintaining a minimum 3.75 GPA every semester of high school!

USA Swimming Scholastic All Americans
USA Swimming also recognized four Knights as Scholastic All Americans. Elly Deas, Noland Deas, Joe Peak, and Katharine Ward were named to the list. Honorees are recognized by USA Swimming after qualifying for the Winter Junior National Championships and maintaining a 3.5 GPA for the past academic year. Noland Deas is a three-time Scholastic All American. This is Elly’s second consecutive year being presented the honor.

Knights swim for club teams at Championship Meets throughout the country
The brother and sister tandem of Noland and Elly Deas traveled to Irvine, CA this summer to participate in the Summer Junior National Championships. Noland participated in the 400 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle. Elly swam the 200 Backstroke and 100 Backstroke. Elly and Noland’s Swim Atlanta team finished 4th overall out of more than 100 teams.
Katharine Ward participated in the Futures Championships in Cary, NC. Katharine swam the 100 Breast, 200 Breast, 200IM, and 400IM. Katharine’s Dynamo Swim Team won the meet out of 85 teams.
Venla Harkonen, Joe Peak, Tessa Sergile, and Madeline Singletary all swam for Swim Atlanta at the Georgia Senior State Championships in Athens, GA over the summer. Venla swam 400 Free and 800 Free. Joe swam the 100 Fly, 400 IM, 200 Fly, 100 Free, and 200 IM. Tessa swam the 200 Free, 100 Fly, 400 IM, 200 Fly, 100 Free, 50 Fly, and 200 IM. Madeline swam the 200 Free, 100 Fly, 400 IM, 200 Fly, 100 Back, 400 Free, 200 Back, 200 IM, and 800 Free. Swim Atlanta won the State meet.