The St. Joseph’s Academy swim team ended the Capital City Swim League regular season with a resounding win on October 22. The Redstickers scored 595 points to easily outdistance the six-team field. The meet was held at Crawfish Aquatics.
U-High finished second with 331 points, and Denham Springs came in third with 279 points.
“Every athlete, from freshman to senior, competed to the best of her abilities with multiple swimmers swimming personal records,” said head coach Ali Buchart. “We had some great moments. As a coach, one of my favorite moments is to see the bright smiling faces of athletes when they excel. That happened this weekend. Swimmers came up from the water with smiling faces. This was a great way to end the regular season leading us into the City Meet this weekend.”
The swimmers won all but two events. Finishing in first place in their events were Anna Guidroz (200 and 50 freestyle); Caroline Beck (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke); Mary Grace Talbot (100 freestyle); Laura Purgeson (100 backstroke); the 200 freestyle relay team of Ainsley Roberts, Anna Guidroz, Audrey Lemoine and Mary Grace Talbot; and the 400 freestyle relay team of Anna Guidroz, Laura Purgeson, Audrey Lemoine and Ainsley Roberts.
Finishing in second place in their events were Laura Purgeson (200 freestyle); Audrey Lemoine (100 butterfly), Ainsley Roberts (100 freestyle), Meredith Martin (500 freestyle); and the 200 medley relay team of Mary Grace Talbot, Caroline Beck, Claudia Magee and Madeline Oubre.
Swimming to third-place finishes in their events were Meredith Martin (200 freestyle); Audrey Lemoine (200 individual medley); Mary Grace Talbot (50 freestyle); Claudia Magee (100 butterfly); Kearra Grisby (100 freestyle); Sydney Kline (500 freestyle); and Ava Schoen (100 backstroke).
On October 24, the team gathered at the home of sophomore Caroline Roussel for the annual Pizza Palooza to celebrate the end of the season and look ahead to the post-season. Seniors were honored with a gift.
The CCSL championships get under way on October 28 with preliminary rounds followed by finals on October 29. The meet will be held at Crawfish Aquatics.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos courtesy of Craig Gannuch