Blue Jay Swimmers Cap Season as State Runners-Up

Posted November 26, 2019 / Last updated December 4, 2019

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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.

View Photos from the 2019 State Swim Meet

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 Freestyle100 Freestyle
3 Gavin Langston1:46.335 Joel Guerra48.95
6 Ryan Danna1:49.336 Andrew McNeil49.40
200 IM100 Butterfly
1 Philip Endom1:53.895 Gavin Langston53.14
8 Andrew McNeil2:03.346 Egan Trahant53.41
50 Freestyle500 Freestlye
1 Mike Foley21.276 Joseph Capo4:54.48
8 Joel Guerra22.58100 Backstroke
100 Butterfly1 Mike Foley50.56
5 Gavin Langston53.142 Philip Endom52.84
6 Egan Trahant53.415 Jacques Karcher54.58