Sacred Heart Prep grad Tom Kremer ended his high school swimming coach with a chance to compete in the 2012 London Olympic Games as a representative of Israel.
He'll have to settle for Cal-Hi Sports Division IV state Athlete of the Year.
Kremer, who will continue his swimming career at Stanford University, just missed an opportunity to compete for Israel.
He has been a dominant swimmer in California's Central Coast Section for the last three years and has won two individual titles in each of those seasons.
At this year’s meet, Kremer broke a 29-year-old CCS record held by Olympic champion and Stanford grad Pablo Morales of Bellarmine in the 100 fly. He later set a CCS record in the 100 back and helped the Gators win a relay title.
Kremer turned some heads in March when he competed against Michael Phelps in the 200 fly at the Columbus Grand Prix and turned in the top qualifying mark of the prelims, ahead of Phelps.
Phelps came back to win in the finals, with Kremer finishing second, about three seconds behind Phelps.
On the women's side, All-American Jasmine Tosky of Palo Alto High, recorded the best time in the nation in the 100 fly this year in a swift 52.36. She will swim at USC in the fall.
Palo Alto High grad B.J. Boyd was named Cal-Hi Sport's state Division I Athlete of the Year for his performance in football and baseball, where he was drafted and signed by the Oakland Athletics.