March 3rd, 2012

Holy Trinity Swims Way To CSAA Victory

Sarah Newell

CSN Staff Writer

Holy Trinity Swims Way To CSAA Victory
photo by Sarah Menefee

Eagles win 2012 city swimming championship

With parents, coaches, family and friends surrounding the Ralph Wright Natatorium today, Holy Trinity Parish Grade School was able to take home the trophies for the win in the girls, boys, and combined divisions with a collective score of 1,231 points.

“We broke four meet records, we had the best amount of participation that we’ve ever had, and we had the most combined points than we’ve ever scored,” said HT Head Coach Mike Pepa. “We had more than 1,000 points altogether. There were great individual swims but overall great participation.”

Eighth grader Brooke Bauer was one swimmer who led Holy Trinity’s winning effort with a new record in the 50 Yard Freestyle with 24.18.

“I feel pretty good about that race,” said Bauer. “I was hoping I would go faster than last year, but it’s all about having fun at the Catholic School Meet. It was a new record, and I’m proud of Holy Trinity.”

After Holy Trinity’s first place finish in the combined points, Sacred Heart Model School took second with 986 points and St. Patrick finished third with 810.50.

SHMS’s Head Swim Coach Todd Allen said he was proud of his team’s achievements.

“Everyone did well,” said Allen. “Where we had grades that were light (in events), other grades stood up in their races. The young kids did great and it was a busy session, but overall the girls swam where we thought they would, and the boys have swam a little better than we originally thought.”

SHMS saw great swims from various swimmers, including a new record in the girls’ grades 5/6 200 Yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:53.57 by Isabel Carrico, Kristin Adams, Isabel Wagner and Hallie Buese. In addition, eighth grader Collin Burckle brought home a convincing victory himself in the 50 Yard Freestyle.

“It went well (in the 50),” said Burckle. “I wanted to go a :23 today, and I did. I felt good in the water. SHMS is a great school with good coaches and a good swim program. I have learned to have fun with sports. When you have fun, you perform better.”

Other highlight swims at the meet included:

  • St. James Lauren Godfrey 1st Grade 25 Yard Freestyle New Record 16.64
  • St. Agnes Girls’ 3-4 Grade 100 Yard Freestyle Relay New Record 56.19
  • St. Agnes Alina Stout 4th Grade 25 Yard Backstroke New Record 15.19
  • Holy Trinity Alex Brehm 3rd Grade 50 Yard Freestyle New Record 30.24
  • Holy Trinity Allison Erena 5th Grade 50 Yard Freestyle New Record 26.71
  • St. Mary Academy Will Tarvestad 5th Grade 50 Yard Freestyle New Record 25.32

With a full day of swimming from the youngest athletes up to eighth grade, Pepa said he is thrilled with the “team” atmosphere found among his eagles.

Said Pepa: “Swimming is a unique sport in the CSAA because it includes grades 1-8. We are all one team of 120 student athletes. The eighth graders can be seen helping and working with 1st graders through swimming, and that’s good for everyone within the Catholic community. It’s great to see these kids accomplish something they’ve never accomplished before this meet.”


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