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See the Wichitan swimmers who earned All-America honors in 2017-18

Astrid Dirkzwager, an East sophomore girls swimmer.
Astrid Dirkzwager, an East sophomore girls swimmer. The Wichita Eagle

Coming into 2018, all eyes were on East, the defending Class 6A champion. The Blue Aces held off the field to win their second straight swim title May 19, 2018 in Topeka.

For the second straight year, Wichita has at least one All-American high school swimmer.

The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (NISCA) have announced its high school All-Americans, and Trinity Academy junior Ben Patton and East sophomore Astrid Dirkzwager are listed. The top 100 swim times and diving scores make the All-American cut.

Patton made his All-American cut in the 200-yard individual medley. He won the Class 5-1A state championship at 1:50.26 and had the 74th-quickest time in the nation. He was less than a half-second from a state record.

Dirkzwager, now a two-time All-American, clinched her spot in the 200-yard freestyle. She earned the No. 99 spot at 1:49.98. Dirkzwager finished second in 6A in the 200 free behind Lawrence Free State's Claire Campbell, who finished at 1:49.74 and earned the No. 90 spot.

Derby senior Megan Keil had an All-American qualifying time in the 50-yard freestyle but was not listed. Keil won the 6A title at 22.70, which would have tied the No. 15 time in the U.S.

Derby senior Megan Keil broke the state record in the 50-yard freestyle at the Class 6A state championship meet Saturday in Topeka. The 50 free is the shortest race in the event list.

Swimmers and divers must submit applications to be considered for All-American status.

Click here to see the full All-American lists, including a breakdown by state and gender.