Record-breaking year for Holy Trinity swimmers continues

Marissa Spies, Alex Spies heading to state meet


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The Holy Trinity boys and girls swimming program enjoyed a record-breaking year with a number of students setting new personal records. Marissa Spies and Alex Spies both qualified out of the regional meet to compete at the Class 1A state finals.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy Tiffany DeAngelis

It’s been a record-breaking season for the Holy Trinity swimming program.

And for two Tigers, it’s not over yet.

Marissa Spies and Alex Spies have qualified for the Class 1A state meet, which is set to take place Saturday at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center in Stuart.

Marissa Spies, a senior, finished second in the 100 breast (1:08.38) and third in the 200 IM (2:15.73). Alex Spies, a sophomore, set personal bests in two events. He was second in the 200 IM (2:01.13) and third in the 100 breast (1:03.90).

While it was a big day for the Spies family, they weren’t the only ones to enjoy a great season under new coach Tiffany DeAngelis as virtually the entire team set new PRs throughout the season and especially at either the district or regional events.

The includes the boys 200 free relay, where Jacob Coggshall, Christian Greene, Alex Miles and James Lacey broke the school record with a time of 1:34.68 at regionals.

Others who set new PRs at regionals this weekend included Ava Middlebrooks in the 200 free (2:18.28) and the 100 fly (1:06.27); Sarah Gerrity in the 200 IM (2:25.93) and the 100 breast (1:14.61); Coggshall in the 50 free (23.99) and the 100 fly (1:01.34); Lacey (22.97) and Miles (23.54) in the 50 free; Greene in the 50 free (24.18) and 100 free (52.83); Cole Hewatt in the 100 free (57.58); Natalie Doig in the 500 free (5:37.34); Ethan Wotton in the 500 free (5:58.47); Zach Jordan in the 100 breast (1:09.81) and Patrick Nguyen in the 100 breast (1:12.54).

The boys 200 medley relay team of Nguyen, Jordan, Hewatt and Miles also had their best time of 1:54.78 at the regionals.

Some of this year’s PRs represented major drops in time.

For example, Matthew Newmarch went from 4:35.00 to 4:08.72 in the 200 IM at this year’s districts. Trenton Gowins went from 1:35.00 to 1:18.76 in the 100 free at districts.

Others who saw their times drop at the districts included Nguyen in the 200 free (2:04.06); Tyler Rydson in the 200 free (2:23.68) and the 500 free (6:36.81); Wotton in the 200 free (2:21.31); Patrick Nguyen in the 200 IM (3:10.32); Adrianna Shanta in the 50 free (35.40); Gowins in the 50 free (30.88); Doig in the 100 fly (1:04.20); Cole Hewatt in the 100 fly (1:06.90); Kayden Shah in the 100 fly (1:37.48); Brandon Assam in the 500 free (6:55.66); Cole Marot in the 100 back (1:54.15); Newmarch n the 100 back (1:48.95); Eli Peter in the 100 back (1:35.66) and James Nguyen in the 100 breast (1:29.76).