Former Dragon swimmer Jonathan Roberts has been named National High School Coaches Association Senior Swimmer of the Year for his efforts last spring.
Before heading to the University of Texas, Roberts became a back-to-back 500 freestyle Texas state champion with a dominant state record finish, winning by 10 seconds.He posted a time of 4:16.90. Roberts added more gold with a state title in the 100 backstroke in a time of 48.65. He was also part of Carroll’s gold medal 200 medley relay team with a time of 1:34.93. Roberts is a member of the Junior National Team and swam at the Junior World Championships where he placed 12th in the 400 freestyle, 13th in the 800 freestyle and 10th in the 1500 freestyle. Roberts is the second boys’ swimmer from Texas that has been honored by the NHSCA.
It’s the 15th year straight year the NHSCA has honored these achievers in the high school athletic community nationwide. This year’s recipients, selected in a total of 20 boys and girls sports, are from 14 different states. California and Texas top the list with three athletes being honored – Kentucky and New Jersey had two each. Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington each had one athlete honored.
While these athletes represent a multitude of different backgrounds, they exhibit a common theme: a strong dedication to developing their skills and preparing themselves to become the productive leaders of tomorrow.
“The 20 young men and women we are honoring today represent the thousands of success stories produced in high school athletics,” NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro Jr. said. “They have worked extremely hard to develop their skills and have become not just great athletes, but outstanding role models as well, and we are proud to be honoring them.”
Each one of the honorees will be honored in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum that the NHSCA is building.