Swimmers Make Their Mark for SPC and More

Sam Chambers
St. John's swimmers are making waves for SPC and more on the "shore."

Both the SJS Men and Women’s Swim Teams defeated AWTY International, Second Baptist, and Pope John 23 at a quadrangular meet on Tuesday (December 8) evening at the Lamar High School Natatorium.


The women overwhelmed second place AWTY and third place Pope John 23 by a score of 539 to 461 to 276. The women were led by seniors Liz Hay, Lucy Gao, and Janie Wilde; sophomore Sarah Cordill and freshman Meredith Lawrence. The trio of Wilde, Cordill and Lawrence teamed with Hay to win the 200 Yard Medley Relay the returned later to team with Hay to win the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. Hay later teamed with junior Dani Covarrubias, sophomore Mary K Payne and freshman Hannah Worscheh to take third in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. Covarrubias and Worscheh also teamed with sophomores Victoria Gibson and Kathy Zhu to take third in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay to round out the women’s relay highlights.


In individual events, Hay won both the 100 and 200 Yard Freestyle events while Lawrence won the 500 Yard Freestyle and took second in the 200 Yard Individual Medley. Cordill won the 50 Yard Freestyle and made a quick turnaround to take third in the 100 Yard Butterfly. Junior Rebecca Sheinbaum won the 100 Yard Breaststroke while Gao took third in both the 200 Yard Individual Medley and the 100 Yard Backstroke. Also swimming well for the women was freshman Emory Strawn who took second in the 100 Yard Backstroke, Covarrubias taking third in the 50 Yard Freestyle, and freshman Natalie Plummer taking third in the 100 Yard Freestyle.


The SJS men tallied 439 points to edge out Second Baptist (416 points) and AWTY (399 points) for the hard fought win. In the 200 Yard Medley Relay, senior Philip Dickinson, junior Charlie Caplan, and sophomores Jimmy Bernazzani and James Pham came within 0.10 seconds of winning and took second place. Pham later joined junior Matt Cherches and sophomores Mitchell Swartz and Tom Harvey to take second in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. And in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay finale; Bernazzani, Dickinson, Swartz, and Caplan captured third to secure the meet victory for the men.


Caplan also scored a win in the 200 Yard Freestyle and took second in the 100 Yard Freestyle. Swartz won the grueling 500 Yard Freestyle while Pham took third in the 100 Yard Fly to round out the highlights for the men.


Here are swimmers who made SPC cuts. The bold types are the ones who are new to the list. ** indicates they have made SPC time in another event(s) but added these as qualifying events. We added four more swimmer to the SPC qualifiers and you will see from the results we have many others who are right on the cusp of make it.



Liz Hay – **200 Yard Freestyle, **100 Yard Freestyle


Emory Stawn – **200 Yard Freestyle, **100 Yard Backstroke


Meredith Lawrence – 200 Yard Individual Medley, **500 Yard Freestyle


Lucy Gao – **200 Yard Individual Medley, **100 Yard Backstroke


Sarah Cordill – **50 Yard Freestyle, 100 Yard Butterfly


Dani Covarrubias – **50 Yard Freestyle, **100 Yard Freestyle


James Pham – **100 Yard Butterfly, **100 Yard Breaststroke


Phillip Dickinson – 100 Yard Butterfly,


Natalie Plummer – **100 Yard Freestyle


Charlie Caplan – 100 Yard Freestyle, 500 Freestyle (from Alief Meet)


Jimmy Bernazzani – 100 Yard Freestyle,


Mitchell Schwartz – 500 Yard Freestyle


Hannah Worscheh – 100 Yard Backstroke


Rebecca Sheinbaum – 100 Yard Breaststroke