By Cam Lawrence
Photo courtesy of Mason Davis
After competing in two meets, the St. Mary’s swim team has shown competitors that they are winners. The varsity swim team, comprised of girls from all grades in the high school, has taken many wins in multiple categories at both meets.
The team competed in their first meet on Oct. 24. Mason Davis (12) won first place in the 50m breaststroke, Lucy Patterson (12) won second place in 50 fly and Grace Ciaramitaro (9) won third in 50 back. The team altogether achieved 71 points, placing fourth in the female division.
Two weeks later, the team displayed success yet again. Grace Ciaramitaro won the 200 free and the 100 back. Maggie McFadden (10) placed fourth in the 200 free and the 100 fly. Mason Davis came in first for the 200 IM and the 100 breastroke. Lucy Patterson placed first in the 100 free and second in the 100 fly. Madeleine Hays (11) placed fourth in both the 50 free and the 100 breastroke. The medley relay consisting of Grace Ciaramitaro, Mason Davis, Lucy Patterson and Addie Heehs (10) took first place. The results prove that the team showed even more improvement.
Mason Davis (12), one of the team captains, spoke excitedly about the start of the season, saying “This year we have a really strong team! A lot of us swim year-round at Tigers, but there are also quite a few swimmers who have been on the team for a while that are swimming really well. We won this past meet with quite a few top 5 finishes in most events.”
As a freshman, Grace Ciaramitaro (9) is looking forward to the rest of the swim season, saying, “Swimming with St. Mary’s this year as been so much fun already after only two meets. I am so excited to be on a high school swimming team with the girls I have swum competitively and looked up to for years. As a freshman, I think that the seniors have created a really good environment this year for freshmen and the entire team to thrive and do very well this season.”
As the season has only just begun, the team continues to look forward to the upcoming meets. Davis explained, “Going forward we will be having meets until January. The last weekend in January will be county championships which we hope to place in the top three or even win!”
A number of turkeys are headed to Chattanooga for the McCallie Invitational Meet from Nov. 22-23.
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