Local Teams Do Swimmingly Well

Coach Mary McLaughlin (right) with the JSerra Swim team. The boys team garnered 1st place, the girls team second place, and their combined scores won first place for the team

*By Penny Arevalo, San Juan Patch

Two local high schools, JSerra Catholic and San Juan Hills, took first and third in a multi-school invitational swim meet Saturday for their boys teams and combined scores of the boys and girls teams.

JSerra took third for the girls team competition.

JSerra hosted the second annual event, which attracted schools as far away as Pasadena and Bellflower. Other local participants included St. Margaret’s Episcopal School and Saddleback Valley Christian School.

For complete results click JSerra Invitational. 

A Season of Firsts for JSerra Swim

JSerra’s swim team had a season of many “firsts” in 2010. The list of accomplishments is long and impressive. The girls team finished third in the Trinity League, their highest finish yet. The boys team brought home the first team trophy in program history finishing third at the Murrietta Invite. 22 swimmers were recognized as scholar athletes.

Two JSerra swimmers – Daniel Early and Casey Mims – had particularly exceptional seasons. Early competed in the Masters High School meet on May 18, where e placed 15th overall. He achieved All-American Consideration in the 500 free, league titles in 200 free and 500 free, CIF Automatic times in 500 free, and CIF Consideration times in 200 free, just to name a few. Early has signed to swim at UC San Diego in the fall.

Mims won the league titles in 100 fly and 100 breast. She achieved new meet records in 100 butterfly, All-American Automatic times in 100 breast and 100 IM, All-American consideration times in 100 fly, CIF Automatic times in 100 fly, 100 breast, and 200 IM, and CIF Consideration time in 100 free. Mims was named Girls Swimming Athlete of the Week by the OC Register.

Sam Miller obtained CIF Automatic time in 100 back, as did the girls 400 free relay squad. The boys and girls 200 medley relay squads, girls 200 free relay squad, Hailey Chisholm (200 IM, 100 breast), and Kat Delaney (100 free, 100 breast) achieved CIF Consideration times.

Out of the water, the swim team collected over 1,000 pair of socks for the Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen in Santa Ana. The collection was presented to Loaves and Fishes by the team on March 27.

Congratulations to the JSerra swim team and Coach Mary McLaughlin for a fantastic 2010 season.