|2012 Varsity Swimming Team |
Relying on Experience and Youth, Jesuit Swimming Team Notches a 37th State Championship
Blue Jays Reclaim State Crown at LHSAA Meet in Sulphur
Photo: Scott Threlkeld Photography
The Jesuit swimming team won the 2012 Division 1 State Championship on Saturday
(November 17) in Sulphur by a mere 20 points, defeating the runners-up Bears of Catholic High (Baton Rouge) who were last year’s champs. The first place
finish marks the 37th state championship for swimming at Jesuit
High School. Congratulations to Coach Bret Hanemann ’85
and all the Blue Jay swimmers and their parents.
For 30th Consecutive Season, Blue Jays Bring Home a Metro Swimming Championship Trophy
Blue Jay Team Takes 1st Place District Swim Meet
Pictured from left: senior Brandon Manganello, senior captain Johnston Burkhardt, coach Tre Roux, coach Bret Hanemann, and senior captain Matt Arseneaux.
The undefeated varsity Swimming Team took home first place in the District 5A meet on Wednesday, October 24 in Chalmette beating teams from Brother Martin, Archbishop Rummel, and Chalmette. The team now looks forward to competing in Metro Championship meets with preliminaries on November 2 and finals on November 3.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Jeff Burkhardt
Undefeated Swimming Team Prepares for District Meet
The undefeated varsity Swimming Team will compete in the District 5A meet on Wednesday, October 24 in Chalmette. Blue Jay swimmers defeated teams from Mandeville and Northsore on Thursday, October 11 at Franco’s in Mandeville and then swam in the Breast Cancer Awareness Invitational on Saturday, October 20.
Pictured: Swimmers crossed the lake on October 11 to take on Mandeville and Northshore teams. At the start of the men’s 200 Medley Relay are sophomore Michael Conrad (lane 3), freshman Brady Stiller (lane 6), and freshman Evan Dudenhefer (lane 7).
Photo courtesy of Mr. Stewart Johnson.
Blue Jays Cross the Lake and Return with Top Scores
Freshman Patrick Finegan and sophomore Chris Simmons swim the 200 IM with the Varsity Swimming Team on Thursday, October 11 at Franco’s in Mandeville. Blue Jays defeated teams from Mandeville and Northshore as they prepare for the upcoming District 5A Meet on Wednesday, October 24 in Chalmette.
View the Photo Gallery from the October 11 Meet
Blue Jays Make a Splash in Tri-Meet at UNO
Sophomore Sam Johnson finished second in the 100-yard breast stroke at a tri-meet held September 27 at the UNO Lakefront Aquatic Center. The Blue Jay
swimmers defeated teams from Mandeville, Holy Cross, and Brother
Martin. Bret Hanemann ’85, who is the head coach of Jesuit’s swim
team, says the Jays are focused on qualifying for the state meet
that takes place November 16-17 in Sulphur, LA. The team
will compete Wednesday, October 3 in an invitational
event at Chalmette.
Since Hurricane Isaac interfered with the regular schedule, the league has used tri-meets and quad-meets in which schools compete against several opponents too make up for cancellations and lost time. The team practices daily from 5:15-7 a.m. at the UNO swimming facility.
Jesuit’s top finishers from the September 27 meet are as follows:
|1st Sophomore Michael Conrad ||4th Junior Conway Bellone|
|200 IM ||2nd Sophomore Francis Plough||4th Freshman Landon Lavigne|
|50 Free||1st Senior Matthew Arseneaux ||3rd Senior Austin Buck|
|100 Fly||2nd Senior Johnston Burkhardt ||4th Junior Brett Dipuma |
|100 Free ||1st Sophomore Chris Simmons||2nd Sophomore Patrick Cecola|
|500 Free||1st Sophomore Michael Conrad ||4th Junior Brian Burvant|
|100 Back||2nd Senior Johnston Burkhardt ||4th Sophomore Francis Plough|
|100 Breast||1st Senior Matthew Arseneaux ||2nd Sophomore Sam Johnson|
View the Photo Gallery from the September 27 Tri-Meet
Blue Jay Swimmers Get Their Feet Wet at Metro Dual
Senior Johnston Burkhardt takes to the pool during the Metro New Orleans High
School Swim League Metro Dual Meet at the University of New Orleans on
Wednesday, September 19. The meet signifies the official start of the
swimming season in which the Blue Jays are looking forward to
reclaiming the state championship. Last year, the Jays finished
in second place at the state meet.
Swimming 2011-12 Archives
Blue Jay Swim Team Finishes as Runner-up at the State Championship Meet
Jesuit Swim Team Kicks Past the Competition to Claim Metro Championship
Junior Matt Arseneaux makes his turn halfway through a 100-yard breaststroke
heat in the Metro Championship Meet on Saturday (November 5) at the UNO Aquatic Center. The Blue Jays scored 336 points to place first among the
boys’ teams. The teams from Fontainebleau and Mandeville High
Schools placed second and third, respectively, with 312 and 239
points. The Blue Jays will be focusing on preparing for the
annual State Swimming Meet in Sulphur the weekend of
November 18-19. Jesuit will be defending its state title
won last year by a scant one point.
A Swimmingly Celebratory First-Ever Reunion for Blue Jay Alumni Who, as Students, Were Like Ducks in Water
Blue Jay alumni who attended the inaugural reunion of Jesuit swimmers this past Saturday (October 29) included (kneeling, from left) Jeremy Call ’05, Stephen Kernion ’01, Derek Dupepe ’00, and Brett Wise ’82. Standing, from left, are
Alex Wheatley ’05, Joey Malbrough ’99, Dan Brupbacher ’56, Ryan
Hathaway ’06, Kerth Gravener ’97, Bret Hanemann ’85 (Jesuit’s
current head coach of swimming), Thomas Mule ’99,
Manelik Pou ’93, Mike Williams ’95, Ramon
Rodriguez ’87, Fr. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J.,
and Jon Beach ’95.
Jesuit alumni who were on the school’s swimming teams gathered for a reunion outside of the UNO aquatic center this past Saturday (October 29, 2011). This inaugural reunion of alumni swimmers was a freestyle affair and allowed Blue Jays to backstroke and re-connect with one another. The event, which attracted 17 alumni swimmers (including one Blue Jay from the Class of ’56), also provided the opportunity to mingle with members and parents of the 2011 Jesuit swimming team. This first reunion of Jesuit swimmers was organized by current assistant swimming team coach Tré Roux ’87, Bret Hanemann ’85 (who serves as Jesuit’s current head coach of swimming), alumni representative Manelik Pou ’93, and Joni McClure-Diaz, who is the mother of senior swimmer Grant McClure.
View the Photo Gallery of Jesuit’s First Swimming Team Reunion
Swim Alumni Invited to Celebrate Swim Homecoming
Saturday, Oct. 29 at UNO
Jays Swim to a Win in the District 9-5A Meet
Senior Grant McClure finishes the 200 yard Individual Medley at 2:08.93 to help the Jays win big at the District 9-5A Meet in Chalmette on October 20, 2011.
Swimming and Winning by a Landslide
Jesuit hosted and won the first New Orleans Metro Breast Cancer Invitational at the UNO Aquatic Center Saturday, Oct. 15. Twenty teams from across South Louisiana participated. Many, including sophomore Brett Dipuma pictured above swimming in the 100 Butterfly, wore pink swim caps in support of the cause. The Blue Jays, who are coached by Bret Hanemann ’85, remain undefeated in district competition. Jesuit swimmers get back in the water Thursday, Oct. 20 in Chalmette.
Attention Former Blue Jay Swimmers
Former Blue Jay swimmers and their families are invited to a Jesuit swim team homecoming scheduled for Saturday, October 29 at UNO. For more information, contact assistant coach Tré Roux ’87 at (504) 593-0792 or email@example.com.
Improving with Each Stroke
Junior Johnston Burkhardt, shown swimming in the 200-yard freestyle event, was part of the Jesuit varsity swim team following the recent Fountainbleau, Lakeshore, and Cabrini Meet at the Pelican Athletic Club. The Blue Jays’ next swim meet is Thursday (September 29) at UNO and will feature teams from Rummel, Northshore, and Vandebilt.
View photos from the Northshore meet.
Getting Their Feet Wet at Gulf Coast Invitationals
Senior John Fleming participated in the 400 yard Free Relay with the Blue Jay swim team in the Gulf Coast Invitational Swim Meet held in Mobile, Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011.
View Gulf Coast Invitational photos.
Splish, Splash! Blue Jay Swimmers Back in the Pool!
Jesuit opened the 2011 swimming season with a win over Mandeville at Franco’s Athletic Club Wednesday (September 14) night. Thirty-one swimmers, 14 of them seniors, hit the water six days a week, sometimes as early as 5:15 a.m. to prepare for competition. Jesuit swimmers are directed by Bret Hanemann ’85, who is in his 17th year as head coach. Dual meets continue through the end of October. The Blue Jays will participate in a relay meet this Saturday at UNO, signifying the unofficial beginning of the 2011 swimming season. Jesuit will defend its 2010 state championship at the state meet in November.