Nishihata leads group of Holy Trinity swimmers headed to state meet


It’s been quite a successful postseason for the Holy Trinity swimming team.

The Tigers will send four swimmers and two divers to the Class 1A state meet, which will be held Saturday at Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart.

Holy Trinity junior Selena Nishihata had a big day at last week’s regional meet, finishing second in the 200 IM (2:14.16), fourth in the 100 fly (59:97) and was part of the Tigers’ 200 medley relay team that came in fifth (1:47.34).

The rest of that relay team consisted of Anisha Menashi, Daniela Spies and Ramsey Barrows.

Divers James Burke and Sara Barker also qualified for state after finishing third and fourth in their respective regional events.

It was all part of what has been a solid postseason for the Tigers under new coach Chris Beadle. That includes the district meet, which took place Oct. 10 and saw 13 swimmers advance either individually or in relays along with the two divers.

Nishihata won both of her individual events and was part of the winning 200 medley relay team. Burke also won the district boys diving title while Barker was second.

Daniela Spies won the 100 breaststroke district title while Brandon Lawrence was second in the freestyle.

Alex Spies was third in the boys 100 fly and the 500 free. Menashi was third in the 100 back.

Also qualifying for the regional meet were: Tess Fargo; Ava Middlebrooks; Patrick Nguyen and relay swimmers Melanie Doughty, Christy Chadwick, Brandon Assam and Max Pagan.