Baylor Nelson Named Athlete of the Year for High School Swimming and Diving USA Today
Member of the United States Junior National Team Baylor Nelson was named the 2022 USA Today High School Boys Swimming and Diving Athlete of the Year.
He recently graduated from the Community School of Davidson just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, where he won seven individual North Carolina High School 1A2A state championship titles during his career at high school. At the 2022 North Carolina 1A2A State Championships, he became North Carolina’s first swimmer at any level to four rounds in the 200 IM. He broke his own state record with a time of 1:43.56 to claim 1st place. Nelson also helped the Community School of Davidson win its first-ever state championship that year. His other three individual state championship titles came from the 100 flyweight he won in his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons.
In February, Nelson made a verbal commitment to Texas A&M for Fall 2022. He was ranked #2 on our Way Too Early list of the 20 Best Boys in High School Class of 2022 for being the 200 IM’er the fastest in its class. and losing seven seconds in the 400 IM during his sophomore year of high school.
Nelson continued to improve steadily. Most recently, he finished 3rd in the 200 meter IM at the 2022 US National Championships in late July. He notched four of his best times ever at this meet in the 200 IM (1:59.13), 400 IM to place 5th (4:16.47), 200 to move back to 6th (1:59 ,19) and 100 to return to 15th place. (55.49).
Olympian 2020 Claire Curzan was named USA Today High School Female Athlete of the Year 2022 last Wednesday.