ANAHEIM Santa Margarita swimmer Grant Shoults and El Toro soccer player/track athlete Kaiya McCullough were selected Orange County's male and female athletes of the year at the annual O.C. Athletic Directors Association awards dinner Tuesday at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The Stanford-bound Shoults, The Register's two-time male swimmer of the year, capped his candidacy by setting national high school records in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle at the CIF-SS Division 1 finals last month in Riverside.
Shoults also led the county in the 100-yard butterfly.
He is the first swimming-focused male athlete to capture the award and the first swimming-focused athlete to claim the honor since Olympic gold medalist and world-record setter Janet Evans took the prize for El Dorado in 1989.
Shoults' next meet is the U.S. Olympic Trials, June 26-July 3, in Omaha, Neb. Last summer, he raced for the U.S. at the world junior championships in Singapore.Read the rest of this entry »