On Saturday, the SAS boys swam against Salesianum (defending state runners-up) while the girls competed against Ursuline Academy (defending state champions). To compound the odds, we only had 15 swimmers competing. A significant number of our squad were in Philadelphia marching for women’s rights while others were either sick or injured, so instead of focusing on beating our opponents, we took advantage of another official racing opportunity to get as many state cuts as possible. We came away with only two new state cuts, but were able to get within half a second of four more. Ben Covell ’18 and Caitlin Cobb ’17 both added to their list of qualified events in the 200 Free and 100 Back respectively. Xander Atalay ’19 just missed the 200 Free cut by 0.62s and the 50 Free by 0.07s. Abigail Hummel ’18 and Alex Hopkins ’18 were both within half a second of the 50 Free cut (.15s and .42s respectively). Dylan Torrance ’18 also took advantage of a more relaxed competitive atmosphere to attempt the 500 Backstroke, where his time (5:34.45) qualified for the state meet 500 Freestyle. Despite many close misses and our vastly reduced numbers on Saturday, the meet felt light and fun. Outside of the pool, I was particularly impressed with the group of swimmers who were in Philadelphia for the Women’s March. Not only did they take a long and exhausting trip to participate in an important social movement, they came to the pool to cheer on their teammates when they got back.
SAS vs Salesianum/Ursuline by the numbers
- 16 SAS career best times (including Dylan’s 500 Back)
- 2 new state qualifying times
- 4.01s biggest time drop (Dustin Fang ’20 in the 200 IM)
- 2.44% biggest percent time drop (Dustin Fang ’20 in the 200 IM)
Special shoutout to swimmers who swam an event for the first time at St. Andrew’s
- Dustin Fang ’20 (100 Back)
- Topher Hummel ’20 (200 Free, 100 Breast)
- Ginger Mullins ’20 (100 Back)
- Dylan Torrance ’18 (500 Back, 100 Breast)
We have our last dual meet before DISCs on Tuesday against conference opponent Sanford. After Tuesday we’ll be buckling down to prepare for the main event of the season. With some unfortunate timing, Long Weekend falls just seven days before the meet and it’s imperative that our swimmers maintain their fitness over the break. It’s inconvenient, but seeing what these boys and girls have accomplished this year, we're confident that they’ll make it over this final hurdle.