Saints Capture Swimming State Title

Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Using its deep corps of divers and relays, St. Catherine’s totaled 285 points to claim the championship in Christiansburg.
    Trinity Episcopal placed second with 254 points, and Collegiate placed fourth with 231. The St. Catherine’s victory ended a five-year run of Collegiate titles at the VISAA meet.
    The Saints won the 200 medley relay Friday, and had three divers place in the top five to start Saturday, led by freshman Chandler Kerkam. The Saints finished second in the 400 free relay to clinch the title.
     Trinity was led by junior Sophie Svoboda, who won the 100 backstroke in 56.80. Collegiate junior Caroline Hall topped all the divers with 357.5 points.

Top 10 teams: St. Catherine’s 285, Trinity Episcopal 254, Madeira 253, Collegiate 231, Norfolk Academy 177, Flint Hill 159, Bishop O’Connell 147, Saint Gertrude 1399, Bishop Ireton 125, Potomac 115
200 medley relay: St. Catherine’s 1:46.03; 200 free: Donohoe (BOC) 1:49.72; 200 IM: Hellmer (FH) 2:02.13; 50 free: Shumate (BI) 23.70; 100 fly: Gati (MAD) 53.89; Diving: Hall (COL) 357.5; 100 free: Hellmer (FH) 50.56; 500 free: Donohoe (BOC) 4:49.45; 200 free relay: Madeira 1:36.63; 100 back: Svoboda (TE) 56.80; 100 breaststroke: Shumate (BI) 1:03.29; 400 free relay: Madeira 3:31.61.

VISAA boys
     Sophomore Sean Hogan powered his way to a pair of individual state titles, fueling St. Christopher’s to the team championship Saturday in Christiansburg.
     It’s the first state title for the Saints since 2005, and their third overall.
     St. Christopher’s totaled 301 points, beating out Prep League co-champion Trinity Episcopal.
     Hogan won the 200-yard individual medley Friday, and he added a victory in the 100 backstroke Saturday. With his contributions in the relays, he accounted for 40 total points.
     Senior Jacob Johnson claimed a pair of titles for the second-place Titans, winning the 200 freestyle in 1:41.68 and the 100 free in 45.99. Trinity, along with Johnson, also won the 400 free relay in 3:10.30. Johnson matched Hogan with 40 total points.

Top 10 teams: St. Christopher’s 301, Trinity Episcopal 270, St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 256, Fork Union Military Academy 225, Collegiate 161, Norfolk Academy 153, Hampton Roads Academy 131, Woodberry Forest 122, Bishop O’Connell 106, Potomac 101
200 medley relay: St. Christopher’s 1:35.25; 200 free: Johnson (TE) 1:41.68; 200 IM: Hogan (STC) 1:51.54; 50 free: Gemma (FUMA) 21.23; 100 fly: Khalil (FUMA) 51.63; Diving: Scott (COL) 447; 100 free: Johnson (TE) 45.99; 500 free: Vivadelli (TE) 4:39.52; 200 free relay: St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes 1:25.58; 100 back: Hogan (STC) 49.61; 100 breaststroke: Richichi (SSSA) 56.90; 400 free relay: Trinity Episcopal 3:10.30.
 
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  • Cleary Maly
    The 200 medley relay also broke the State record twice in prelims and finals to achieve All American consideration. They were seeded 3rd going into the meet!
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