The St. Joseph’s Academy swim team turned in another dominating performance at the third and final Capital City Swim League meet of the year. The meet, which featured 10 teams, took place October 5 at Crawfish Aquatics.
SJA finished first in nine of 11 events, compiling 637 points to finish well ahead of runner-up St. Amant with 231 points.
Assistant Coach Ali Buchart said the swimmers competed well and left everything in the pool. With the city championship meet on November 2-3 and the state championship on November 22-23, Buchart said the team is rounding into great shape. “Between individuals and relays, we dropped a ton of time, which is great because it shows potential for City Meet,” she said. “I was really pleased with the excitement of the swimmers. We are looking forward to the challenges of City and State meets.”
Assistant Coach Jim Hammatt was also pleased with the outcome. “It was a great meet with a lot of great swims,” he said. “The relays are continuing to get faster. We had a few reach their state qualifying times and a few score points for the first time in their swimming career.”
Top finishers follow.
200 Medley Relay: Gabby Joffrion, Kate Russell, Camden Hull and CeCe Werth, 1st place, 2:01.66; Grace Jackson, Caroline Beck, Anna Weber and Lily Martin, 2nd place, 2:04.25; Madeline Joffrion, Erin Hollis, Mary Stuckey and Frances Purgerson, 4th place, 2:10.41
200 Freestyle: CeCe Werth, 1st place, 2:03.53; Katherine Scully, 3rd place, 2:10.33; Meredith Martin, 4th place, 2:17.92
200 Individual Medley: Gabby Joffrion, 2nd place, 2:24.08; Caroline Beck, 3rd place, 2:26.39; Erin Hollis, 4th place, 2:33.28
50 Freestyle: Amanda Andrews, 1st place, 26.58; Julia Brinson, 2nd place, 26.70; Anna Webre,
3rd place, 27.76
100 Butterfly: Amanda Andrews, 1st place, 1:02.88; Camden Hull, 2nd place, 1:06.10; Kate Russell, 3rd place, 1:10.48
100 Freestyle: Caroline Munson, 1st place, 56.52; Julia Brinson, 2nd place, 58.17; Grace Jackson, 3rd place, 1:04.96; Frances Purgerson, 4th place, 1:05.61
500 Freestyle: CeCe Werth, 1st place, 5:29.92; Katherine Scully, 4th place, 5:54.14
200 Freestyle Relay: Julia Brinson, Anna Webre, Caroline Munson and Amanda Andrews, 1st place, 1:47.89; CC Cook, Lily Martin, Claudia Magee and Katherine Scully, 3rd place, 1:56.98; Vincenza Vendetto, Meredith Gauldin, Sarah Hardin and Ainsley Roberts, 4th place, 1:58.66
100 Backstroke: Caroline Munson, 2nd place, 1:05.48; Gabby Joffrion, 3rd place, 1:07.62; Erin Hollis, 4th place, 1:09.12
100 Breaststroke: Caroline Beck, 1st place, 1:15.55; Kate Russell, 2nd place, 1:15.93; Anna Webre, 3rd place, 1:19.31; Vincenza Vendetto, 4th place, 1:21.77
400 Freestyle Relay: Grace Jackson, Katherine Scully, Camden Hull and CeCe Werth, 1st place, 3:55.04; Julia Brinson, Gabby Joffrion, Caroline Munson and Amanda Andrews, 2nd place, 4:06.36; Addie LeDoux, Frances Purgerson, Caroline Tucker and Meredith Martin, 3rd place, 4:25.56
“It feels amazing to have such a great team and so much support from everyone,” Andrews, a junior, said of Saturday’s competition. “It is so thrilling to be dominating, and I love spending time with the team and having them cheer you on.”
Russell, a senior, said the team works well together, and each member truly loves the sport of swimming. “But we also love getting up on that block and racing as well as representing St. Joseph’s Academy in the pool,” she said. “I feel very privileged that our team is so successful, but I know it’s because each girl gives 100 percent in practice and in her race. The attitude and mindset are what’s going to get us the trophy this year at Sulphur! I know that when I race, I try to leave everything in the pool, and I think that’s why I am able to perform so well.”