It was a busy weekend for St. Andrew's athletics as Brando Leggott '18 represented the wrestling program at the individual state championships on Friday and Saturday afternoon at Cape Henlopen High School, while the boys and girls swim teams traveled to the University of Delaware on Saturday to compete against the best teams across the First State.
Leggott, competing in the 152 pound weight class, went 1-2 at the state tournament in an extremely competitive weight class. He finished his senior campaign with a 22-5 record: he won three individual tournaments, placed second at the DISC meet, and took third at the Delcastle Invitational. Leggott also recorded an astounding 16 pins and one major decision. The St. Andrew's wrestling program is in a great place, and head coach Phil Davis believes that Leggott has played a large role in the resurgence of the program, stating: "Brando, a senior captain, has led the team all year with his positive attitude and willingness to teach beginner wrestlers. Brando's record speaks for itself. He's a tough kid and a very technical wrestler who never gave up once on the mat. He has led a blazing path for his underclassmen teammates to follow."
The boys swim team had an incredible day on Saturday, finishing in fifth place amongst 27 programs across the state of Delaware. Captain Dylan Torrance '18, who battled a fever throughout the week and was uncertain if he was going to be able to race on Saturday, led the charge as he has done all season long. Feeling better on Saturday morning, Torrance decided to give it a try and in the process, cemented his legacy as one of the greatest swimmers in School history. Torrance placed fourth in the 200 IM, eighth in the 100 fly and helped lead two relay teams as well. When asked about Torrance, head coach Bowman Dickson said, "I am blown away by how tough this guy is, and how much his love of the sport pushed him through a tough mental and physical challenge. We will miss him and our other seniors so much next year."
The Class of 2019 also had a big day as Xander Atalay '19, Will Cammerzell '19 and Tad Scheibe '19 performed well in all of their events. Atalay, competing in the 500 free, recorded an eighth place finish as he touched the wall in 5:04.95. Cammerzell placed tenth in both the 100 free and the 100 back, while Scheibe finished 11th in the 200 free and 13th in the 500 free. Wilson Archie '18, competing in his final meet for St. Andrew's, finished the 100 breast in 1:04.46, good enough for 12th place.
Leading the girls to their 11th place finish was Sarah Caron '19 as she managed to record two top-seven finishes. Caron, an honorable mention All-State performer in 2016-17, placed fourth overall in the 100 back with a time of 59.97 and finished 7th overall in the 100 free, clocking in at 54.92. Newcomers Pia Mozdzanowski '19 and Alyse Ray '20 performed well in their first DIAA state championships. Mozdzanowski swam to a 13th place finish in the 50 free while Ray recorded 16th place finishes in the 50 free and 100 breast. Coach Dickson, reflecting on the 2017-18 campaign stated, "The swim team has been a fun and cohesive group all year, and we have been able to achieve at high levels while having a blast in a sport that can be really tough on the body. Even though it's a sport where everyone competes individually, everyone has been so supportive of each other, and that is the only reason why people accomplished what they did. I am so proud of everything that our swimmers did this year!"