Jesuit Swimming Seeks to Recapture Title in 2015
The Blue Jay swim team has a strong record and a strong rivalry. The Jays have brought home the state championship or runner up trophy 48 times out of 50 years, featuring 18 consecutive state championships from 1989-2005. Since then, Jesuit found a steady rival in Catholic High of Baton Rouge.
Swimmers compete on both the individual and team levels, like many other sports. Catholic’s team has a few strong individual swimmers posting high scores, boosting the team into the lead. Jesuit’s team has 40 members this year, the biggest since pre-Katrina, according to head coach Bret Hanemann ’85.
“The pond is still stocked,” says Hanemann. “We have a strong team, but it’s younger. The majority are sophomores and freshmen. This year, Jesuit swimming will work as hard, if not harder than their predecessors in 2015.”
In last year’s state meet, the Jays challenged the Bears down to the final races of the meet, finishing just 28 points behind. The Blue Jays are eager to recapture a title that has barely escaped them the last couple of years.
Jesuit’s first competition of the year is a Relay Kick Off Meet at the UNO Aquatic Center on Saturday, Sept. 5.
The 2015 LHSAA State Swimming championships will be held at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur November 18-21. The Division I preliminaries and finals will be on November 20 and 21.