By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
Bennett Glasscock is well known throughout St. Bernard circles for his extraordinary ability in the swimming pool.
What most people might not know, however, is that the senior is also pretty exceptional in the classroom.
For those reasons, Glasscock recently met the criteria to be selected to the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America’s All-American Team.
With over 343,000 students involved in aquatics in 15,000-plus schools around the country, it’s no small feat for the Saints’ prep star considering only approximately 2 percent of those athletes are recognized as high school All-Americans.
St. Bernard interim athletic director William Calvert said Glasscock’s honor was quite the accomplishment.
“It’s definitely a feather in the cap for St. Bernard Prep School,” he said. “That’s a very prestigious honor for us and for Bennett and his family.”
Calvert added he has seen firsthand the kind of worker Glasscock has been throughout his prep career with the Saints.
“He’s a very hardworker,” he said. “Both inside the classroom and in the swimming pool. I was very impressed when I heard about his accomplishment.”
To be an All-American selection, Glasscock had to maintain a 3.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale, while lettering in one sport for at least two years of high school.
The St. Bernard standout took home top-15 finishes in his two events at state this season — 100-meter butterfly and 100-meter backstroke. He’s also enjoyed an illustrious career with the Cullman Swim Team.
Saints’ swimming coach Carson Glasscock, who’s also Bennett’s father, said his son would be continuing his education at the University of Alabama this fall on a full academic scholarship.
“He’s a great swimmer,” Glasscock said. “But we’ve preached to him that academics are more important in the grand scheme of things. That’s something he can always bring to the table in regards to school.”
From a father’s standpoint, Glasscock said he was more proud of this accomplishment than any his son had earned athletically.
“I’m definitely proud of what he’s done,” he said. “I don’t think he’d be where he was academically with swimming and vice versa. Swimming really taught him how to manage his time in the classroom.”
% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 257 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.