In 2007, Saint Joseph had 19 swimmers. Today we are 60 strong.
Our season runs from Aug. 1 through the end of October. We practice at the University Wellness Center in the mornings before school and the Jackson Yacht Club after school while warm enough to swim outside.
Our philosophy is to teach and train swimmers to improve, no matter their beginning level. We have members who have never swum on a team before; we teach them the basics so they can compete. We also have kids who have swum for years. They swim more yardage and do the harder events.
The team at Saint Joseph is a group of smart, well-behaved kids. Older swimmers look out for younger ones. Respect for each other comes easy when sometimes a fast seventh grade girl can beat a slower 12th grade boy. Improvement is our main goal.
The girls won the state championship in 2015 and 2016. The boys last one the championship in 2013. Last year we had two girls, freshman Anna Chris Nicholas and 8th grader Elizabeth Weisenberger, win individual events at State Meet. Those 2, along with Ellie Smith, Emma Adkins, Arilyn Thomas, Avery Nicholas, Caleigh Hankins, won all three girls' relays. Freshman Kenny Thomas was the only gold winner for the boys, winning the 500 free. He will be a leader this fall along with the 12 seniors and 21 juniors on the team.
The goal for 2017 is to win both the girls and boys state championship. Though a lofty goal, we believe it can be done. The girls team lost only one senior from this year, so they should remain dominate. The boys lost two six-year veterans from the senior class, so we will have young swimmers stepping up to increase the boys' chance to win.
Come cheer us on!Lauri Collins, head coach