LA GRANDE'S DOWDY NAMED ALL-AMERICAN
By Raenelle Kwock
Observer Staff Writer
The La Grande High School swim season hasn't begun yet, but one swimmer is anxious for it to start.
La Grande's Brenton Dowdy, a member of the three-time state champion swim team, found out in July that he was a National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association High School All-American in the 50-yard freestyle.
"It's a real honor, I guess," Dowdy said.
It is his first All-American honor.
Dowdy's time of 21.51 seconds in the 50 freestyle was set at state last season and is a high school record.
"It's not the easiest (event), but the shortest," Dowdy said of the 50 freestyle.
Dowdy was one of 100 athletes across the nation in public schools receiving the honor in this event.
An application was filled out and had to be submitted within two weeks following the state championships.
The top 100 athletes from public schools were recognized in each event as All-America. The top 30 athletes from independent schools were recognized in each event as All-America.
Dowdy holds several other individual high school records, which were also set this past season.
He has the 200 individual medley (2:04.84) and the 100 freestyle records (47.20).
Dowdy's 100 freestyle time did not make the top 100 public school times, but was considered for All-America.
Dowdy is also a member of the 200 medley relay, which finished in a record time of 1:42.52 this past season. Joining him on the medley relay were Matt Hibbert, Josef Mielke and Owen Kenton.
"We should be really strong," Dowdy said about the upcoming season. "We have all our returning people that went to state."
Dowdy, Kenton and Hibbert are seniors. Mielke is a sophomore.
As for additional All-American honors, Dowdy wants more.
"I just want to go out and get another this year," he said.