The St Joseph Freestylin’ Irish swim team has done it again! The Region IV Championship swim meet was Saturday, February 8th, and our small team did more than show up. In less than two weeks, we will be packing up our pajamas and heading to Morgantown with an unprecedented nine swimmers. Something that, to my knowledge, has never happened for St Joe Swim.
Campbell G. was 5th in the 200IM and 4th in the region in 100 breast both qualifying for states. Kat S. qualified in 2 events as well getting 3rd in the 200 free and 6th in the 500 free. Her brother Caleb qualified for the 200 free as well coming in 8th in the region. Also, with region IV top tens are Olivia Y., 8th in the 200 IM and 100 back. Zeb P., after only swimming one season before this came in 8th in the region in the 50 free and 6th in the 100. Gus Meade was 10th in the 200 free.
But perhaps the most impressive showing was that our school qualified FOUR relays for the State Championship Swim meet February 20,21. Congrats to Lula, Kat, Olivia, and Naya for cutting 9 seconds and coming in 3rd in the region in the 200 medley relay … with a time that is undoubtedly a school record and beat last years qualifying team by 5 seconds, they are seeded 12th in the state for the championships. Not resting on their laurels, Lula, Anne, Kat, and Olivia finished the meet by coming in 4th in the 400 free relay… turning in a time that is also likely a school record. Both relays will be going to states.
Not to be outdone, Campbell, Gus, Caleb, and Zeb were in an all-out drag race against a very strong group of regional teams and came in 5th in the region in both the 200 and 400 free relays—-qualifying BOTH relays for the state championships as well.
Region IV is well-known as the fastest region in the state. With an unprecedented 17 teams in this region, your St Joseph Freestylin’ Irish combined team score put them 5th overall in the region….beating the likes of Cabell Midland, Spring Valley, Capital, Nitro, St Albans, and CHARLESTON CATHOLIC to name a few.
The pool deck was abuzz after the meet yesterday with many coaches and officials expressing their surprise and congratulations at how well our small school did against so many good regional teams.
The coaches want to thank the kids for working so hard and parents for being so supportive throughout this long season. The state team will be working even harder in the pool the next week and a half before heading to Morgantown to proudly represent St Joseph Central Catholic High School.