SJS Swimmers Shine at SPC Championships
Conroe - On Saturday February 6, Head Coach Ron Raper took the SJS Swimming Teams north to the Conroe ISD Natatorium for the Southwest Preparatory Conference Swimming and Diving Championships to see just how far they had come this year. Showing some good depth, the teams scored well in five out of six relays and had several swimmers score in several individual events.
The women finished fourth with 38 points and were led by seniors Liz Hay and Lucy Gao, sophomore Sarah Cordill and freshman Meredith Lawrence. The relay highlight resulted in bronze medals for Gao, Lawrence, Cordill, and freshman Natalie Plummer for a third place finish in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. Hay later anchored a team featuring junior Dani Covarrubias and freshmen Hannah Worscheh and Emory Strawn to a sixth place finish in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay.
Individually, the women were led by Meredith Lawrence, who won a silver medal for second place in the 100 Yard Breaststroke and finished in sixth place in the 200 Yard Individual Medley. Liz Hay turned in a strong performance in her last high school meet by taking fifth in the 500 Yard Freestyle and sixth in the 200 Yard Freestyle events. Sarah Cordill rounded out the scoring for the women by finishing sixth in the 100 Yard Freestyle.
The men finished seventh with 35 points and were led by junior Charlie Caplan and senior Wiley Fletcher. Fletcher led the team of classmate Max Susman, junior Matt Cherches, and sophomore Mitchell Schwartz to a fifth place finish in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. Caplan and Fletcher later joined senior Philip Dickinson and Cherches to take sixth place in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. And in the meet finale, Caplan anchored teammates, Schwartz, Cherches, and Dickinson to a sixth place finish in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay.
Individually for the men, Charlie Caplan took fourth place in both the 50 yard and 100 yard freestyle events while Wiley Fletcher finished sixth in the 100 Yard Butterfly.
Being the numbers guy that a good swim coach is, Raper commented that “almost 90 percent of our swimmers swan their personal bests at this meet and many of those ‘drops in time’ were very significant. Based on those times, what we have returning, and what we are getting from this year's eight graders; we will have an excellent base to start with next year.”