Jack Herczeg has been able to call himself one of the best swimmers in the Big Nine Conference and the state of Minnesota for the past couple winters.
The senior-to-be at Winona Senior High School (WSHS) can now call himself one of the best swimmers in the nation.
Herczeg, already an all-conference and all-state swimmer, was officially named an All-American swimmer by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association last week. The honor is given to the top 100 swimmers in the nation in each event.
Herczeg’s time of 45.38 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle ranks him in the top 100.
The honor caps off a season in which Herczeg was a double state champion, winning the 50 and 100 freestyle at the Minnesota State High School League Class A state meet in March. He also swam with Winona’s second-place 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.
Herczeg rewrote the record books at WSHS and beyond. He set new school records in both events and set a total of nine individual pool records, including the state true team meet record in the 100 freestyle, the Big Nine Conference meet record in the 100 freestyle, and Section 1A records in the 50 and 100 freestyle events.
He also swam with four relays that set records, including the 400 freestyle relay, which set the Big Nine Conference meet record.
He was named Section 1A Swimmer of the Year and, for the second year in a row, was nominated as the Athlete of the Year at the state swimming banquet.