Saint Joseph Catholic School

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Bruin Swimming


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
Those swimmers eligible for lettering:
Emma Adkins
Andrew Dotson
Emma Dotson
Maren Hrivnak
Jimmy Kaiser
Avery Nicholas
Jax Rasmussen
Emma Beebe
Gabe Blaylock
Eli Carter
Claire Conn
Catherine Cook
Gage Douglas
Wiley Grantham
Caleigh Hankins
Clare Harkins
Jacob Harkins
Laura Catherine Inman
Alaina Liess
Covey Lockhart
Liam Moorehead
Ried Smith
Brennan Teeter
Sydni Vandevender
Kimmy Kaiser
Anna Chris Nicholas
Kenny Thomas
Nikolai Armour
Jack Clements
JC Dorroh
Jessica Smith
Abby Starnes
Elliott Stephen
Elton Vandevender
David Warnock
Elizabeth Weisenberger
Robert Archer
Tristan Ballard
Wils Davis
Noah Harkins
Arilyn Thomas
Grace Anne Weisenberger
Iris Steckler
Ava Kathryn Stephen
Charlie Zhang
2015 State Champions
Sophia Waddingham (50 free)
Emma Adkins (100 free)
200 Medley Relay:
Sophia Waddingham, Avery Nicholas, Emma Adkins, Ellie Smith
200 Freestyle Relay:
Avery Nicholas, Anna Chris Nicholas, Emma Adkins, Caleigh Hankins
400 Freestyle Relay:
Anna Chris Nicholas, Caleigh Hankins, Ellie Smith, Sophia Waddingham