Brooks Nader, Katie Austin and More React to 2023 Swim Search Winner Results

The co-winners of this year’s open casting call will appear as rookies in the 2024 SI Swimsuit Issue.
Brooks Nader and Katie Austin

Brooks Nader and Katie Austin.

The winners of this year’s Swim Search open casting call were revealed this morning, and besides the seven co-winners themselves, no one is happier for the group of women than current and former SI Swimsuit models. 

Achieng Agutu, Nina Cash, Sharina Gutierrez, Penny Lane, Brittney Nicole, Jena Sims and Berkleigh Wright each earned their rookie spots in next year’s 2024 SI Swimsuit Issue. After the initial announcement was made, SI Swimsuit followed up with an Instagram post congratulating each of the seven women, and fellow brand stars quickly piped in to share their excitement with the new rookies.

“Introducing your 2023 Swim Search winners! ⭐,” the brand wrote. “For the first time ever, all 7 Swim Search Finalists will return to the fold as rookies in the 2024 SI Swimsuit Issue. Find out more about each incredible woman at the link in our bio. ✨.”

The comments section was a heartfelt display of women supporting women, and we absolutely love to see it.

“AHHHH ROOKIE BABIES,” 2023 SI Swimsuit Issue cover model and ’19 Swim Search winner Brooks Nader gushed.

“Best feeling EVER!!” Katie Austin noted. She was named co-winner of the open casting call alongside Christen Harper in 2021. “So proud and happy for these girls!! So well deserved👏 get ready for your life to change❤️❤️❤️❤️.”

“SO SO SO SO SO HAPPY❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️,” last year’s Swim Search winner and 2023 rookie Mady Dewey added.

“Unreal!!! Historic,” five-time SI Swimsuit star Hunter McGrady declared. “Congrats ladies ❤️.”

“MY GIRLS!!!” Sixtine, a body neutrality influencer and rookie in this year’s issue, cheered. “So happy for all of these amazing women.”

Meet each of the incredible 2023 Swim Search winners here.

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Cara O’Bleness


Cara is a trending news writer/editor for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit. A passionate writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience in print and online media, she loves storytelling and believes that words have the power to change the world. Prior to joining the team, Cara worked as a writer and editor across a number of content verticals, including food, lifestyle, health and wellness, and small business and entrepreneurship. In her free time, Cara loves reading, spending time with her family and making her way through Michigan’s many microbreweries. She is a graduate of Michigan State University's School of Journalism.