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Swimmers Win Ninth Straight State Title

The St. Joseph’s Academy swim team captured its ninth consecutive Division I state championship, scoring 295 points to finish ahead of Mandeville (238), Mount Carmel (233), Northshore (200) and Dominican (159). There were 24 teams in the Allstate Sugar Bowl/LHSAA swim meet held November 22 and 23 at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur.

Without a single individual or relay victory, the team relied on depth to capture the title. First-year coach George Newport said it was a total team effort. “On a team made up of primarily freshmen and sophomores, the young ladies made sure no one from Mandeville or Mount Carmel placed or scored significant points in the top eight finals or consolations,” he said. “Every girl who swam was needed to make this remarkable event happen.”

Results are as follows: 

200-yard medley relay: Gabby Joffrion, Kate Russell, Anna Webre and CeCe Werth, 4th place, 1:56. 22 

200-yard freestyle: CeCe Werth, 2nd place, 1:58.35; Katherine Scully,14th place, 2:06.19

200-yard individual medley: Gabby Joffrion, 5th place, 2:16.43; Anna Webre, 7th place, 2:22.74; Caroline Beck, 10th place, 2:21.54; Kate Russell, 11th place, 2:22.95

50-yard freestyle: Amanda Andrews, 5th place, 25.09; Julia Brinson, 9th place, 25.58

100-yard butterfly: Amanda Andrews, 2nd place, 59.57; Camden Hull, 10th place, 1:02.14

100-yard freestyle: Caroline Munson, 5th place, 55.57; Julia Brinson, 8th place, 56.44

500-yard freestyle: CeCe Werth, 3rd place, 5:21.44; Katherine Scully, 15th place, 5:41.98

200-yard freestyle relay: Julia Brinson, Anna Webre, Caroline Munson and Amanda Andrews, 3rd place, 1:42. 99  

100-yard backstroke: Caroline Munson, 3rd place, 1:02.35; Gabby Joffrion, 6th place, 1:03.54; Camden Hull, 11th place, 1:05.13; Erin Hollis, 16th place, 1:07.27

100-yard breaststroke: Kate Russell, 8th place, 1:13.17; Caroline Beck, 10th place, 1:14.78

400-yard freestyle relay: Julia Brinson, CeCe Werth, Caroline Munson and Amanda Andrews, 4th place, 3:45.96  

Andrews, a junior, said it was a gratifying win. “It feels truly amazing to have such a great team with so much depth,” she said. “They are my family, and there is no one else I would rather be on a swim team with. I loved every second I spent with this team, and I can’t wait to strive for a 10th trophy.”

Beck, a freshman, said competing in her first state championship was a tremendous experience. “It was great to be a part of the team,” she said. “I think I did well, but the team was fantastic. We all pitched in. It was so much fun to see everyone do their best.”

Webre, a sophomore, said it was a thrill to be part of SJA’s ninth-straight state championship. “The amount I love this sport and this team cannot compare to anything else,” she said. “I will forever look forward to being part of SJA swimming, and my wish is to keep the streak going. I am so proud to be an Angel. I’ll be on cloud 9 forever.” 

“The feeling is something that you can’t even describe,” said sophomore Katherine Scully. “It’s amazing. This team is something I will never forget, and I have looked forward to swimming on it ever since moving to SJA. Swim always has a special place in my heart, and so will this team.”


Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director