St. Joe fares well at St. Al swim meet
Both girls and boys teams brought home first place banners from the St. Aloysius invitational swim meet held this past Saturday. Fifteen teams competed in the largest meet of the season so far. The Bruin girls team dominated the competition scoring 123 points over Alexandria Senior High with 96.5. St. Andrews finished a distant third with 73.
Senior Emma Adkins won both her two individual events (the 50 and 100 freestyle) and swam on two winning relays. Anna Chris Nicholas captured the other individual gold in the 200 freestyle with Arilyn Thomas finishing behind her for the silver. Anna Chris won silver in the 100 backstroke. Elizabeth Weisenberger placed 2nd in her specialty, the 500 freestyle and grabbed 3rd in the 200 IM. Caleigh Hankins won 3rd in the 50 free and 4th in the 100.
Other top eight swimmers for the Lady Bruins were Avery Nicholas, Arilyn Thomas, Abby Starnes and Sydni Vandevender.
The men’s team tied with St. Andrews for the top spot overall, which was just one point ahead of third place finisher St. Al. JC Dorroh won the only men’s individual gold in the 500 freestyle. He, Kenny Thomas, Jacob Harkins and Covey Lockhart won the medley relay. Thomas captured the silver in the 100 backstroke and 3rd in the 100 fly, where Jacob Harkins followed finishing 4th. Other top 8 performers were Jack Clements, Covey Lockhard, Ried Smith, Wiley Grantham and Gabe Blaylock.
Notable races from other swimmers were Charlie Zhang, who cut nine seconds off his 100 freestyle, Ava Kathryn Stephen, who swam an awesome 200 IM for the first time, Tramia Rogers cut 5 seconds off her 100 free, Wiley Grantham, who turned so much better he cut 7 seconds off his 500; Clare Harkins and Grace Anne Weisenberger used what we learned at practice and cut time off breaststroke, and Claire Conn swam a strong 50 fly in the relay. Almost every swimmer cut time in at least one of his races. Coach Lauri believes this steady improvement is hinting toward a strong state meet, which is just 35 days away.