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Falls Church Swimmer Earns All-American Honor

Laura Schwartz is looking to return to the state swim tournament as a senior at Falls Church High.

Laura Schwartz is no stranger to the big stage and the swimmer was recently named a 2011-12 NISCA/Speedo Swimming and Diving All-American.

The 17-year-old rising senior said she also earned the honor as a freshman. Schwartz earned the latest honor in the 200 individual medley.

“It’s a pretty big thing,” Schwartz said.

Last season as a junior, Schwartz medaled in two different events at the AAA State Swim competition and took third place in the 500 freestyle and fifth place in the 200 individual medley. Her name is on the record board for seven out of the 12 different events that the district and school holds records for, all of which she started accomplishing during her freshman year.

Schwartz said she doesn’t know how far her swimming career will go, but hasn’t counted out possibly representing the United States in the Olympic games one day.

“I don’t know if I’ll make the Olympic team but I can see making the trial team,” she said.

When Schwartz isn’t training, she’s looking at where she’ll be attending college. She’s not sure exactly where she will end up, but she is looking at several Virginia schools and Villanova University just outside Philadelphia, PA.

Her main focus is what the Jaguars can do in the pool in her senior year. As a junior, Schwartz led the relay team in breaking two school records for the 4x100 freestyle relay and the 4x50 freestyle relay. The team competed in the 4x50 freestyle relay in the state tournament, and Schwartz also competed in the 500 freestyle finishing fifth in the state.

“It’s pretty exciting,” Schwartz said. “I hope our team can make states again.”

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