There might be a lot of youth on the Holy Trinity swimming and diving team this season, but as the Tigers have already shown, there’s a lot of talent, too.
“It’s a strong group of fresh new swimmers (two from sixth grade) coupled along with our seniors and upperclassmen who are all putting in great swims and having a lot of fun as well,” Holy Trinity coach Tiffany DeAngelis said.
“Everyone has been getting personal bests and pushing themselves. It’s been a very fun season so far and looking forward to districts and beyond.”
It’s already been a record-breaking season for the Tigers, who have seen three long-standing school records fall.
Freshman Natalie Doig’s time of 24.79 in the 50 freestyle broke a record that had existed since 2004. She also set a school record in the 500 free (5 minutes, 23 seconds), bettering the previous mark set in 2016.
Senior Alex Spies, meanwhile, broke a record that had been around since 2002 when he finished the 100 butterfly in 53.93.
Doig and Spies are certainly strong contenders to get to the state meet.
“The hard work and efforts of both Natalie Doig and Alex Spies are truly showing up,” DeAngelis said. “I don’t have a doubt that they will continue to break more school records and personal bests at districts and beyond.”
Spies is one of seven seniors on this year’s team. He’s also a co-captain with seniors Cole Hewatt, Caroline Lacey and Ava Middlebrooks. Other seniors are Karrington Lawson and Keira Lee. Senior Mary Stallard is the dive captain.
The district meet took place on Oct. 20 and the Tigers were expecting to have a good day.
“I think districts will go very well, considering everyone has improved on time,” sophomore Adrianna Shanta said. “At the beginning of the season, some kids were very new to the team, so they had slow, long times. Now, they’ve cut it down to really small times.”
Shanta has seen her time in the 200 free go from three minutes to 2:30 this season and is eventually hoping to get it down to two minutes.
Sophomore Luke LaGrone, who made it to regionals last year, has also seen improvement.
“I’ve definitely dropped time from last year,” he said. “My first time last year in the 500 free was 7:15. Right now, I’m trying to get it under six minutes. That’s my goal. I’m at 6:09 right now.”
While the Tigers have some strong swimmers now, their best days are clearly ahead of them as their youngsters gain more experience.
“I’m really looking forward to the next ongoing years,” LaGrone said. “My senior year should be really exciting if all these people stick with it.”