In 2007, Saint Joseph had 19 swimmers. Today we are 67 strong and our girls just won their third State Championship in a row and our boys were the runner-ups!
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.
In 2016 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. In 2017, senior Emma Adkins won both the 50 and 100 freestyle and set a new Class I record in the 50 freestyle. She also anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay. Sophomore Anna Chris Nicholas won both the 200 freestyle and the 100 backstroke and swam on the winning 400 free relay with Emma, along with Caleigh Hankins and Elizabeth Weisenberger.
The boys last one the championship in 2013. In 2016, freshman Kenny Thomas was the only gold winner for the boys, winning the 500 free. He continued to show dominance in 2017 by placing 2nd in both the 100 fly and the 100 backstroke at state. Last year, freshman J.C. Dorroh won both the 200 and 500 freestyle and set a new Class 1 record in the 500 free. Jacob Harkins placed 4th in the 100 butterfly and helped all three relays at state to be in the top 3. In addition to Kenny, Jacob and JC, top eight performances by Andew Dotson, Gabe Blaylock, Covey Lockhart, RiedSmith, Wiley Grantham, Jack Clements and Nikolai Armour make the future look bright for the Bruins.
Come cheer us on.Lauri Collins, head coach