March 6th, 2013

Elementary Excellence: Holy Trinity Swimming

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Conor Revell

Staff Writer

Elementary Excellence: Holy Trinity Swimming
Holy Trinity swimming team / file photo

Overview of the Holy Trinity swim program

Holy Trinity won the overall CSAA Swim Meet championship last Saturday at the Ralph B. Wright Natatorium by finishing first in the girls' division and placing second in the boys' meet. The school located in St. Matthews placed swimmers in the top five in 31 of the 38 event.

“Our older kids were definitely excited about winning,” Holy Trinity assistant swim coach Christine Simatacolos said. “Going into the meet we weren’t seeded to win the meet. We really had a lot of strong times and best times. A lot of swimmers stepped up and swam well. They were excited to win the meet.”

Simatacolos takes great pride in working with the first- and second-grade swimmers; she works with them more than the older swimmers.

“My personal goal is for the swimmers to have a great experience,” she said. “I love the sport of swimming and I did it from the time I was 8 years old. I would like for everybody to know how to swim comfortably and not be embarrassed or afraid. That’s why I like working with the first- and second-graders. I want them to feel comfortable and confident in the pool. If they stick with it, that’s great; if not, at least hopefully they can swim comfortably in the pool.”

This year the Holy Trinity youngsters wowed a lot of people.

Holy Trinity second-graders Sally Brehm, Ella Mattes, Emmy Erhard and Pilar Pagni won the 100-yard freestyle relay in 1:10:98, breaking the record set in 2001 by Sacred Heart Model School.

“Going into the meet we knew we had the chance to break certain records,” Simatacolos said. “The one we kind of overlooked was our first- and second-grade girls' 100-yard freestyle relay team. If you look at the individual results, I don’t think we should have won that relay, let alone set a record,  and they did. They really swam fabulously and broke a record that was set before any of them were born.”  

The older kids put on a show as well. Simatacolos doesn’t meet with them as much as the younger kids because they swim with their clubs.

“The big part is helping the older kids understand where they are seeded and what is expected of them when we get to the meet,” the coach said. “We don’t really focus on them going towards the win, but to swim faster than the person swimming next to them and realize that we put our relays together and put them in position to win.”  

Mackenzie Lanning won the third-grade girls' 50-yard free while four swimmers finished in the top five in the boys' 50 free.

Alex Brehm won the fourth-grade boys' 50 free in 27.77, breaking the record Cole Buese set in 2007.

Ellie Masterson, Nicole Meyer, Alli Erena and Mia Capozzoli won the girls' 100 freestyle relay.

Erena went onto set a record in the 50 free, while Pagni set a record in the 50-yard breaststroke.

Sixth-graders Tori Hill, Emma Pagni, Allison Bauer and Alli Erena clocked 1:49.03 in the 200 relay, shattering the mark of 1:53.57 set by Sacred Heart Model School in 2012.

Last but not least, classmates Jude Carlon, Brevik Heitmann, Daniel Tafel and Hunter Tapp won the sixth-grade 200 relay.


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