Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Swim & Dive teams and their coach, Travis Pinnix. They competed in the AHSAA State meet last weekend. The team included twelve JPII athletes. The girls swim team which was led by senior Darby Mokry, included juniors Leyla Battista and Ailish Lynch, sophomore Alana Janssen, and freshmen Erin Cronise, Kathleen Lynch, and Sam MacDonald. The boys swim team which was led by seniors Chris Foeller, Aaron Brown, Daniel Burris included junior Jackson Graves and freshman Macon Graves. Freshman, Sam Spuhl represented the JPII dive team has the first diver in the school’s history.
All the swimmers and divers had outstanding performances. Sam Spuhl performing in his first AHSAA State Diving competition finished 10th in the state with a total score of 298.50. Swimmers, Darby Morky, Alana Janssen, Jackson Graves, and Macon Graves, qualified to swim in the second day of competition, AHSAA State finals. All four finalists established a “personal best” at the state meet. Darby Mokry turned in an outstanding performance in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 57.04 seconds, smashing her seeded time of 59.38 seconds. Jackson Graves gave another amazing performance in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 55.30 seconds beating his seeded time of 1:00.60 seconds. Alana Janssen showed her speed in the pool by turning in a time of 26.07 seconds in the 50 yard freestyle beating her seeded time of 26.45 seconds. Freshman, Macon Graves qualified in the finals in two events; the 200 yard Individual Medley and 100 yard breast stroke. He finished off the outstanding JPII performance with a 200 yard IM time of 2:05.95 and a 100 yard breast stroke time of 104.13. Both final times crushed his seeded times for the events; 200 yard IM was 2:09.18 and 100 yard breast stroke was 1:06.88.
The AHSAA state swimming competition is different from any other in the state. This competition is not broken into classifications. So, whether your school is 1A or 6A, it does not matter. The AHSAA swimmers classification is 1A – 6A. Our JPII swimmers compete against the largest, most competitive schools in the state. Our swimmers were fearless under the most stressful situations. Everyone at the school is very proud of the 2012 JPII Swim and Dive Teams. Go Falcons!!