This past week, Valencia High School Tiger Jacob Christensen was recognized by USA Swimming as a Scholastic All-American swimmer.
USA Swimming recognizes members who excel both in the classroom and in the pool. The Scholastic All-America Team is made up of high school student-athletes who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and who have achieved the required time standard in a single event.
Jacob received special recognition for carrying a 4.0 GPA, and qualified with his 100 meter breaststroke time of 1:08.30 while swimming with Orange Regional Competitive Aquatics (ORCA), his club team based out of Orange. Jacob is a student in the Val Tech program at Valencia.
Last spring, Jacob competed for VHS at the DIII CIF Finals in Riverside earning second place overall in his 100 yard breaststroke after swimming undefeated in that event all season. Subsequently, Jacob competed this past summer at the CA/NV Sectionals Championships in Santa Clarita and the Junior Olympics Championships in Mission Viejo. He took home two gold medals at the Junior Olympics, one in the 100 meter breaststroke and the other in the 200 meter breaststroke event. His time in the 100 meter breaststroke of 1:08.30 qualified him for Futures Championships, a sanctioned USA Swimming National Meet.
His next goal is to break the VHS school record in the 100 yard breaststroke.
Additionally, ORCA recently recognized Jacob in its “Swimmer Spotlight” section. ORCA news correspondent and board member, Helen Hill, writes more here: orca-spotlight-jacob-christensen (PDF).