Swim to Win

Sam Chambers
Mavericks win the John Cooper Invitational Swim meet. 
In their first serious test against a large group of SPC rivals, the SJS Upper School swim teams turned a very strong performance by winning the combined team title at the John Cooper Dragon Invitational on Saturday, December 1. The Mavericks tested the waters at the Conroe Independent School District Natatorium in The Woodlands. The SJS women defeated John Cooper 143-105 to take the women’s title while the men finished second to The AWTY International School 123-92; giving Head Coach Ron Raper a close combined team victory over AWTY and six other schools.
Juniors Jeffrey Fastow and Austin Allday, sophomore Peter Cordill, and freshman Kyle Zhu got things going for the men with a second place finish in the 200 Yard Medley Relay. Later in the meet Fastow, Allday, and Zhu teamed up with sophomore John Henry Wilson to take additional second place points in the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. Allday also touched second in both the 100 Yard Butterfly and the 100 Yard Backstroke. Fastow later came back to take third in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
The women accumulated most of their points winning second in all three relays. Seniors Meredith Lawrence and Emory Strawn, junior Elise Viguet, and sophomore Elena Skaribas finished second in both the 200 Yard Medley and Freestyle Relays. Viguet, senior Hannah Worscheh, and freshmen Noel Higgason and Lauren Jhin finished in the same position in the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay.
In the most exciting race for the SJS women, sophomore Rebecca Chen out-touched teammate Jhin at the wall for a 1-2 finish in the 200 Yard Individual Medley. Noel Higgason was also very impressive winning second in both the 100 Butterfly and the grueling 500 Yard Freestyle. Elena Skaribas accomplished the same feat finishing second in the 200 Yard Freestyle and 100 Yard Backstroke. Meredith Lawrence had another strong meet winning the 50 Yard Free and touching second in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.
Coach Raper was ecstatic with the outcome, commenting “I am just so proud of the way each of these swimmers competed. I knew we had several strong swimmers returning, but both the boys and girls teams are really benefiting from new swimmers in the freshman class. We just need to keep working hard in practice.”
Next up for the swimming Mavs is a large invitational meet in El Campo on December 8 before taking a break for finals and the holidays and returning to competition in January.