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Academy of the Holy Angels Senior Kate Hurst Is Junior World Swim Champ in 1500-Meter Freestyle


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Demarest NJ, when you spot Kate Hurst in the halls at the Academy of the Holy Angels, you might not guess this swimmer from Hillsdale is a junior world champion. But she is.

Before entering her senior year, Hurst traveled to Netanaya, Israel, where she swam her way to the gold medal in the 1500-meter freestyle at the Junior World Swimming Championships. She competed against the world’s top athletes in the age 18 and under category.


“Junior Worlds was one of the best experiences of my life,” Hurst shared. “It was an honor to have represented the stars and stripes on an international stage. I could not be happier to have been a part of such an amazing team, and I am so proud that Team USA brought home the win.”

She reported that 648 swimmers from 93 countries participated in the multi-event competition.

“One of my favorite parts about the sport is the team aspect,” she added. “The people I swim with are some of my closest friends, and I love training and racing with such amazing and motivated athletes. I am excited to continue this experience at the collegiate level next year.”

Hurst, who began swimming at age seven, trains with Scarlet Aquatics, Bergen County-based club. 

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious school serves young women from many cultural and religious backgrounds.


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