Seliskar named to premiere swim team


Seliskar swims at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials

Sophomore Andrew Seliskar was named to the 2012-2013 USA Swimming National Junior Team on Sept. 1. He was chosen as a result of various accomplishments at several elite-level championship meets this summer, including the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha and the USA Swimming Junior Nationals in Indianapolis, Ind.

Athletes who held the top six fastest times in an Olympic event from Indianapolis, Omaha, Neb., and the U.S. Open were selected for the team. The swimmers on the team are the fastest under-18 swimmers in the nation. Seliskar was selected for the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley events.

“We get to go to a training center in Colorado Springs, and we get to go to meets around the world,” Seliskar said. “I’m really excited to swim in cool places.”

Seliskar was also a part of the U.S. Junior Pan-Pacific Team, and attended the Junior Pan-Pacific Championships in Hawaii in late August. At the meet, Seliskar won the Consolation Finals of the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley.

“We swam against Japan, Mexico, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand,” Seliskar said. “We won, and the team was able to come together—the older kids led cheers just like on high school teams.”

Seliskar is excited to come back and swim for Jefferson’s Swim and Dive team.

“I love high school swimming, and the upperclassmen really know how to motivate everyone on the team,” Seliskar said. “I love TJSD.”