The St. Andrew's boys and girls swim teams continued their impressive 2018-19 campaigns on Saturday afternoon, placing first and second at the Delaware Independent Schools Conference meet, respectively.
"There is no better way to end the season than hosting the DISC Tournament, a culminating moment where every swimmer has the chance to display their progress from the beginning to the end of the season," said Saints swimming assistant coach Chris Sanchez. "The SAS boys tied for first with Tower Hill and the SAS girls came in second behind Tower Hill, just short of the gold."
The boys team, who tied with Tower Hill for first place with 91 total points, was lead by the trio of Will Cammerzell '19, Tad Scheibe '19 and Andrew Park '21. Cammerzell took home two individual gold medals, defeating all opponents in the 100 free and the 100 back. Scheibe matched Cammerzell's performance and received two golds as well, winning the 200 and 500 free with times of 148.90 and 4:54.92. Scheibe, with his time of 4:54.92, cemented himself in the School record books as he broke the previous 500 free record by 2.82 seconds. Park proved to be the best in the 100 fly as he finished in first place with a time of 53.43, also setting a School record in the process. For their efforts, all three were awarded First Team All-Conference honors. Xander Atalay '19 also earned First Team All-Conference honors for his two third place finishes in the 200 free and 500 free.
Sarah Caron '19 and Madison Macalintal '22 led the charge for the girls team who finished with 58 total points, good enough for second place behind Tower Hill. Caron, a Second Team All-State performer in 2018, earned two silver medals in the in the 100 free and the 100 back. Caron also shattered the School record in the 100 back with her time of 58.13, besting the previous mark by 1.49 seconds. Macalintal continued to impress during her freshman campaign and earned two bronze medals, finishing third overall in the 100 fly and 100 back. Piper Ackermann '19 finished third in the 50 free.
The Saints will now take the next few weeks to prepare for the DIAA state championship meet. Time trials are scheduled to begin on February 20 and will run until February 23.
2019 DISC School Records:
- Andrew Park swam the 100 Fly with a school record time of 53.43, a 3-second drop from his seed time.
- Tad Scheibe swam the 500 Free with a school record time of 4:54:92, an 8-second drop from his seed time.
- Sarah Caron swam the 100 Back with a school record time of 58.13, a 2.5-second drop from her seed time.
Huge drops in race times:
- Xander Atalay dropped 6 seconds (say what?) in the 200 Free with a time of 1:50:52
- Gavin Frazer dropped 3 seconds in the 100 Free with a time of 58.67
- Nicholas Lampietti dropped 7 seconds in the 100 Back with a time of 1:07.55
- Andrew Park dropped 5 seconds in the 200 IM with a time of 2:04.74
- Alyse Ray dropped 4 seconds in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:15.29
- Cleo Ray dropped 17 seconds in the 200 IM with a time of 2:56.23
- Sunny Trivits dropped 6 seconds in the 200 IM with a time of 2:49.03
- Matt Yan dropped 3 seconds in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:06.62
This section is dedicated to people who worked really hard this season to make things run as smoothly as possible. A special thank you to:
- The swim parents, who have been engaged, attended meets, and have been active participants in their kids swimming careers - without you, none of this would be possible. Special shout out to Jill Caron P'19, for being at every meet and offering her time, energy, wisdom, and love to all of our swimmers.
- The team captains - Will Cammerzell, Tad Scheibe, Ann Yancey, and Sarah Caron - for being courageous and dedicated spiritual leaders of the team.
- The seniors, for your leadership and guidance to the new swimmers. You will be missed, and we hope you will visit next year.
- The team managers - Su Kim, Hannah Murphy, Alex Phan - who have helped with setting up for meets and doing a plethora of small but important tasks that would have taken the coaches hours to complete. We appreciate your time and energy and will miss you all next year.
- Jason Kunen, a.k.a., the Time Master. Jason has been helping us with Team Manager and Meet Manager, the program that runs every single meet. He is the reason meets ran smoothly. He also makes for a darn good announcer.
- Byron Cooper, a caring and knowledgable volunteer coach who has dedicated his weekends to supporting the SAS swim team for the last few years. He has been a great asset to the team and has helped meets run more smoothly.
- The coaching staff - Mark Hammond and Peter Mihalcik - who have spent their winter sleeping, eating, and breathing swimming.