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Prep swimming: Duluth’s Wodny named All-American

The swimmer’s times in the 200 and 500 meter freestyle are among the top 100 for boys nationwide.

Prep swimmer at practice at school swimming pool facility
Grant Wodny swims the freestyle during a practice on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, at Ordean East Middle School in Duluth. Wodny was recently named an All-American for his times in the 200- and 500-freestyle events.
Clint Austin / File / Duluth News Tribune
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DULUTH — Duluth swimmer Grant Wodny, a winner of two Minnesota Class AA swimming events in 2022, recently added All-American honors to his resume.

Wodny won the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events at the Class AA state meet as a junior for the Greyhounds in March at the University of Minnesota — the first time a swimmer from a Duluth program to win an individual state title since Ronald Onsgard won the 50 free in 1962.

Grant Wodny
Duluth East swimmer Grant Wodny
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He won with a time of 1 minute, 38.73 seconds in the 200 and 4:29.19 in the 500. Both times were school records and made him eligible for All-American consideration.

The National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association, the governing body for All-American status, provides two ways to earn All-American status. The first is to achieve an automatic qualifying time and the other is to earn a consideration time standard, meaning the swimmer will be named an All-American if their time falls in the top 100 achievement times nationwide at the conclusion of the high school swim season.
Wodny’s 500 time was ranked 52nd in the nation and he was 61st in the 200.

Wodny will return for his senior season this winter and plans to swim for the University of Minnesota after graduating next spring.

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After finishing third in the state in the 500-yard freestyle in 2021, the junior owns the best Class AA times in Minnesota in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events in 2022.

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