The St. Andrew's boys and girls swim team returns after missing a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a very large team. Featuring multiple fast swimmers in each class, the depth of both teams will be a force to be reckoned with. They are led by talented seniors who are excited for the season to show what they can do in the pool since for the first time since their sophomore year.
In 2019/20 the girls finished 11th and the boys finished 15th in the state with only a handful of swimmers. The team looks to continue to improve and grow as a program. This year the Saints are aiming to add more swimmers in the top 16 at the state championship. Multiple swimmers will have a chance to be All-Conference and multiple relays have the goal to finish in the top eight for both genders. With a strong coaching staff returning along with some new additions, the season promises to be a success.
Saints at the Next Level
Sarah Caron ’19 - Dickinson
Caroline Fry ’16 - Franklin & Marshall
Liza Tarbell ’13 - Bowdoin
Rachel Pederson ’10 - Bates
Annie Taylor Doutit ’10 - Bates
Jennifer Hurtt Mullins ’88 - Mt. Holyoke
Points of Emphasis and Program Goals
The team is coached by five different coaches who apply a comprehensive approach to technique, aerobic work and dry land. At least two days every week are committed to work in the gym and a premium is put on drag reduction and injury prevention. The difficult sets always have a purpose, and coaches encourage the team to build each other up when the sets get difficult. Seniors are empowered to establish a positive culture on the team, regardless of experience level or background. The goal is this program continues to build and improve on its top 20 position in the state and to remain competitive for the top spot in the independent conference.
Saints girls swimming did not compete in the 2020-21 season.
A look back at the Saints accomplishments on and off the field.
The girls and boys swim team returned to the DIAA State Swimming Championship in over two years.
Athletics recap for the week of 2/5 - 2/12
Adele Auchincloss 11
Ziqi Ding 9
Caroline Forde 12
Hannah Gilheany 10
Ruth Hilton 10
Emma Hopkins 11
Leah Horgan 9
Madeleine Lampietti 10
Madeleine Lasell 9
Madison Macalintal 12
Ashley McIntosh 9
Yixi Meng 9
Elizabeth Rainey 12
Stella Roffers 10
Sunny Trivits 12
Avery Vaughan 10
Daisy Wang 9
Sophie Xu 11
Lucy Mettler Manager 10
Cay Sahs Manager 12
Giang Vu Manager 12
About Head Coach Matt Harris
Harris comes to St. Andrew's from Washington College in Chestertown, MD after serving seven years there as head and assistant coach of the men's swim team. He graduated from Kenyon College in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in English and from Washington College in 2015 with his master's degree in English. He taught previously at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD for one year before moving into college coaching.
As a coach for Washington College, Harris coached multiple Scholar All-Americans, NCAA B Cut qualifiers, and conference champions. He helped guide the men's team to a second-place finish, their highest since the 1990s.
As a swimmer, Harris swam at Kenyon College for four years. He garnered 15 National Championship titles and 22 All-American awards for individual and relay championships. He was on the national championship team all four years and was captain of the team during his senior year. As a junior, Harris qualified for the 2008 Olympic Trials in the 100 fly. Harris set a school record in the 100 fly at Kenyon College that stood for ten years. He also went on to compete at the World Championship Trials in 2009 after graduating.
Harris works at St. Andrew's with his wife, Maggie, and his son Jack attends the preschool.