Blue Jay Swimmers Defend State Title

Posted November 19, 2018 / Last updated November 26, 2018

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The Jesuit swimming team defended its state title in the pool of the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16-17. The Blue Jays won the meet with 448 points, edging out their Baton Rouge rival Catholic High by 43 points.

The team took the top position in six of the 11 events to secure the championship. Jesuit teams swept all three team relay races, which was a key to their success in Sulphur. Individual state champions include Mike Foley in the 100 Yard Freestyle and Charles Korndorffer in the 100 Yard Backstroke and 100 Yard Butterfly.

Through the Lens…

Charles Korndorffer pushes out ahead in the 100 Yard Butterfly. He took first in the race with a time of 49.31.

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By the Numbers…

Swimmers placing in the top three of their respective events were…

50 Yard Freestyle 100 Yard Butterfly
2. Connor Schwartz (21.52) 1. Charles Korndorffer (49.31)
100 Yard Freestyle 200 Yard IM
1. Mike Foley (45.67)
3. Connor Schwartz (47.25)
2. Davis Edwards (1:53.09)
3. Philip Endom (1:53.79)
200 Yard Freestyle 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
2. Mike Foley (1:40.80) 1. Mike Foley, Joel Guerra, Davis Edwards, Connor Schwartz  (1:25.62)
100 Yard Backstroke 400 Yard Freestyle Relay
1. Charles Korndorffer (49.99)
2. Philip Endom (52.54)
1. Charles Korndorffer, Conner Daigle, Connor Schwartz, Mike Foley (3:09.48)
100 Yard Breaststroke 200 Yard Medley Relay
2. Davis Edwards (58.42) 1. Philip Endom, Davis Edwards, Charles Korndorffer, Joel Guerra (1:36.28)

In His Words…

“Everyone on our team swam really well at state,” explained head swimming coach Bret Hanemann ’85. “We had excellent senior leadership with this group, and I told the swimmers to just stay in their lanes, to take care of the job that was in front of each person, and that things would take care of themselves. And they did. I was a little nervous during the finals since we had such good competition from Catholic. They matched us man for man in every race, so there was no cushion. I asked the leaders on the team if we had what it took to win it and they said that they did. As a coach, I trust those guys enough to know that they were focus. I can’t say enough of how proud I am of this team for their accomplishment this weekend.”

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