Blue Jay Swimmers Cap Season as State Runners-Up
The Jesuit swim team has much to be proud of at the end of the 2019-2020 campaign. Few athletic programs can tout a decades-long run of bringing home the top one or two spot in the state. The Jesuit swimming program can, and this year’s second place finish at state was a testament to the hard work, talent, and competitiveness of a premier group of swimmers.
This year, it was depth that made the difference at state between Jesuit and Catholic High. The sheer volume of Catholic swimmers scoring points gave the Bears the advantage, although individual Jesuit swimmers were able to place in top spots in competition. Senior Michael Foley swam a tremendous meet, an individual state champion in the 50 freestyle (21.27) and 100 backstroke (50.56). Senior Philip Endom earned the top spot in the 200 individual medley (1:53.89) and the second spot behind Foley in the 100 backstroke (52.84). Gavin Langston took third in the 200 freestyle.
Foley and Langston contributed to the first place 200-yard medley relay team along with Zachary Davis and Joel Guerra. The Jays took second in the 400 freestyle relay and third in the 200 freestyle relay.
“Every time the boys swim, I tell them to leave it all in the pool,” said head swimming coach Bret Hanemann ’85. “You never want to walk away from an event thinking you had more left in the tank. Our boys did that at state, and I’m really proud of them. Every swimmer for Jesuit swam his best time of the season in Sulphur. We gave it all we had, and I love the ways these guys represented themselves with class and represented Jesuit High School.”
Individual Results for Top 8 Finishers
|200 Freestyle||100 Freestyle|
|3 Gavin Langston||1:46.33||5 Joel Guerra||48.95|
|6 Ryan Danna||1:49.33||6 Andrew McNeil||49.40|
|200 IM||100 Butterfly|
|1 Philip Endom||1:53.89||5 Gavin Langston||53.14|
|8 Andrew McNeil||2:03.34||6 Egan Trahant||53.41|
|50 Freestyle||500 Freestlye|
|1 Mike Foley||21.27||6 Joseph Capo||4:54.48|
|8 Joel Guerra||22.58||100 Backstroke|
|100 Butterfly||1 Mike Foley||50.56|
|5 Gavin Langston||53.14||2 Philip Endom||52.84|
|6 Egan Trahant||53.41||5 Jacques Karcher||54.58|