Elite Eight: WSHS swimmers, diver honored eight times on NISCA All-America team

WSHS All-American Swimmers Diver

Winona Senior High School athletes, from left, Tanner Lozenski, Grant Wolner, Jack Herczeg, Alex Jorgenson and Issara Schmidt were named All-Americans by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.

The Winona Senior High School swimming program was recognized eight times on the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association All-America team. The honor is given to the top 100 participants in the nation in each event.

Five athletes combined to put together the eight All-American performances. Jack Herczeg, Grant Wolner, Alex Jorgenson and Tanner Lozenski were the Winhawks boys to receive All-America honors, while Issara Schmidt represented the girls program as an All-American diver.

Jack Herczeg, the MSHSL Class A state swimmer of the year, was a five-time All-American, receiving honors for his performance in the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle and the 200 freestyle as well for his contributions to the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. 

Herczeg also was an All-American last year in the 100-yard freestyle. He ended his WSHS athletic career with a total of nine MSHSL state titles, three state records, six school records and more than 30 other pool or meet records. He will swim at Ohio State University in college.

Grant Wolner, who will continue to swim at Michigan State University, joined Herczeg in receiving All-America honors in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, and also was an individual All-American in the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. Wolner finished his career with six MSHSL titles as well as a plethora of school, pool and meet records.

Jorgenson and Lozenski were also members of the All-America relay teams.

Schmidt was recognized as one of the nation’s top divers after placing second at the MSHSL state meet in a record-breaking season.