Over winter break the Patriots swim team competed in two Invitationals and 2 dual meets. A select 16 swimmers traveled to The Spire Institute in Geneva, OH for the Jim Stacy Memorial HS Winter Championships on December 21, 2019. This was the largest invitational that the Patriots have competed in since 2011. 1000 swimmers from over 30 teams including some Pennsylvania high schools were in attendance. The Patriots went into the meet with a positive mindset.
We had Top Performances in the A Flight from Junior Nic Hakimian: 24th place in 50 Free with a time of 23.63, and 29th place in the 100 fly with a time of 1:00.04. The B Flight had Top Performers of Junior Kinsey Deavers and Senior Emma Botsch in the 50 Free, placing 36th and 37th respectively in a field of 200+ swimmers. Junior Emily Hubbard had a great 100 Free with a time of 1:05.19 and placing 32nd in a field of over 175 swimmers. Both Hubbard and Deavers had great 100 Back swims as well placing 31st and 33rd with times 1:16.62 and 1:16.70. Gabby Lutzo also placed 31st in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:29.21.
On December 28, 2019 the majority of the team traveled to Wooster, OH for the Cloverleaf Stampede Invitational. Once again there were some great swims by some Patriots. Top Performers of this meet on the boys side were Senior Christian Park with a 16th place in the 50 Free, Hakimian with a 8th place in the 100 Free and 5th place in the 100 Back, and Freshman Alex Kavalec with a 9th place in 500 Free. The Boys team also placed 9th in both the 200 and 400 Free Relays. On the girls side, Botsch placed 18th in the 50 Free, Hubbard placed 9th in the 200 Free and 10th in the 500 Free, Deavers placed 19th in 100 Back and 15th in the 200 IM, Lutzo placed 19th in 100 Breaststroke and 17th in the 200 IM, and last but not least Junior Hannah Porter placed 20th in the 100 Butterfly. As a team the girls placed 6th in the 400 Freestyle Relay. The experience of preforming well at large invitationals will prepare them for a strong showing at Conference and Sectionals.
Our diver Sophomore Heather Smith placed 8th in a tough field of 17 divers at the Elyria Catholic Pentathlon on Saturday January 4, 2020. She has been a consistent and well-tuned machine when it comes to diving. She is perfecting dives of a higher degree of difficulty and she is itching to make it back to Districts.
In dual meet competition, the Patriots’ Boys & Girls teams won against Bedford and experienced a tough loss to conference challenger Bay Village. At these meets there were great swims and some swims that showed areas that need improving. Overall, to this point in the season there are a lot of swimmers finally finding their strokes and some swimmers that are still trying to figure it out. The team is very young, but has lots of potential and talent waiting to be released as we get closer to Conference and Sectionals.