Banistre Lienhart and Brian Portland earn All-America swimming honors
Hinsdale Central and Hornet Swim Club duo recognized by National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association
The accolades keep piling up for Banistre Lienhart and Brian Portland.
In February, Lienhart, a junior, and Portland, a sophomore, helped guide Hinsdale Central's swimming and diving team to a runner-up finish at the state meet.
More recently, the pair has been designated 2013 All-America swimmers by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association for their performance during the high school season.
Both Lienhart and Portland were part of the Red Devils' Hinsdale Central's 400-yard freestyle relay team that finished fourth in the state with a time of 3:07.33, which ranked 54th in the country.
Additionally, Portland was a member of Central's 200 freestyle relay that won a state title with a time of 1:23.43 to be ranked No. 3 nationally. He also swam on the 200 medley relay that placed second in the state and was ranked 23rd nationally, and he swam to an all-state showing on his own in the 100 butterfly.
Interestingly, Lienhart and Portland were on the Hornet Swim Club medley relay team as ten-year-olds, when that relay captured first place at the Age Group State Championship meet in 2007.
"I am very proud to have the privilege of coaching such good kids and awesome athletes," Hornet Swim Club head coach Mirko Mirkov said. “I am looking forward to seeing what else they will accomplish in their high school and Hornet careers.”
Portland also has been accepted as a member of the USA Swimming 2012-2013 Scholastic All-America Team. Through this program, USA Swimming recognizes its members who excel both in the classroom and in the pool. The team is made up of high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher (on a 4-point scale) and who have achieved the required time standard in one or more swimming events. Brian maintains a GPA over 4.0 and achieved the time standard in 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and 100 butterfly.