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Former NWAC, OHHS swimmers earn all-American status

Former North Whidbey Aquatic Club and Oak Harbor High School swimmers Evan Wilson and John Hu, both now competing for the Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, N.J.), raced to All-American status with fifth (3:56.98) and eighth (3:59.70) place finishes in the men’s 400-yard individual medley at the NCAA Division III National Swimming and Diving Championships contested March 17-20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Wilson, a junior, was competing in his third national championship meet and made it two straight years as an All-American (conferred on top-eight finishers) in the 400 IM, an event in which he placed seventh in 2009. His 2010 time was a personal best and qualified him for the National Championships this August in Irvine, Calif. Wilson also placed ninth in the 1,650 free (15:48.83) and 19th in the 500 free (4:35.68)

Hu, a freshman, scored (top 16 finishers) in two other events in addition to his All-America finish in the 400 IM, placing ninth and winning the consolation final in the 200 fly (1:50.73) and coming in 13th in the 200 IM (1:52.99).

Wilson and Hu, together with teammate Alex Benham, who placed 11th in the 1,650, accounted for all of Stevens’ points leading them to a 17th place team finish among the 60 teams in the meet.

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