Noah Calvert’s performance and leadership were essential to the Boaz High School boys swim team achieving record-setting heights in the 2017 season.
Calvert will continue his career for Birmingham-Southern College, where he joins former BHS and Boaz Barracudas’ teammate Chelsea Chamblee, who is a member of the women’s squad. Calvert signed during a May 3 ceremony in the BHS library.
The Panther men’s swimming team won its fourth consecutive Southern Athletic Association championship and featured the SAA swimmer of the year, the newcomer of the year and the coach of the year in Toby Wilcox.
BSC sent five swimmers to the NCAA Division III Championships in Indianapolis.
“I have had the pleasure of knowing Noah Calvert for several years,” Boaz head coach Dusty Thomas said. “I have been his swim coach not only at Boaz High School, but also during the summers for the Boaz Rec Center team as well.
“During this time he has always stood out among his peers. He has always been determined to be successful in his schoolwork as well as in swimming. For example, he was named Mr. BHS this past school year.”
The Boaz faculty votes on Mr. and Miss BHS each year. The award recognizes two BHS seniors who exemplify outstanding character, leadership, cooperation, academic achievement and overall excellence in and out of the classroom.
“There are many stories that come to mind as I reminisce about Noah’s swimming career at Boaz,” Thomas said.
“He’s been the consummate anchor leg for every relay in recent memory, including the 200 free relay at the North Alabama Sectional meet this past year, where he and his teammates shattered the AHSAA record by two seconds. This alone was an outstanding accomplishment, not only for Noah and his teammates, but also for Boaz swimming.
“Noah also holds Boaz Swim Team records at the rec center. The thing that sticks out in my mind the most about Noah’s swimming career thus far is his selfless decision to choose team over individual success.”
Calvert’s decision to put the team first paid dividends for the Pirates in the Class 1A-5A North Sectional Meet at Huntsville Aquatics Center last November.
“His usual events are 200 IM [individual medley] and 100 backstroke, although lately he has excelled in breaststroke,” Thomas said.
“When asked if he would be willing to swim an event that he was not accustomed to that would potentially put us in a position to score more overall points, he did not hesitate by saying, ‘whatever is best for the team.’
“He ended up swimming the 500 freestyle, which gave our team the points needed to capture our first North Alabama Sectional title in school history.
“This showed the sacrifice, commitment to team and true character instilled in Noah by his parents at an early age that have helped mold him into the type of collegiate caliber swimmer that he is today.
“He’s always put in the extra time, hard work and attention to detail when it comes to the fundamentals of swimming.
“He is the first male to sign a college scholarship for swimming at Boaz High School.”
Calvert is training now for his final season of eligibility with the Boaz Barracudas.
“Noah, along with Chelsea [Chamblee], has set the standard for all swimmers to follow at Boaz,” Thomas said. “He will surely be missed but we are truly blessed to have had Noah the swimmer, but most importantly Noah the person, to come through our program.
“Having people like him come through your program does nothing but improve it, and that’s all we can ask for out of a swimmer.”