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Swim Team Finishes Season with Record Breaking Times


The 2006-2007 Blessed Trinity swim season was a time of change, challenge and school record contributions.

Beth Drisaldi, BT’s new head swimming coach, stepped up to the platform with a relatively young team; last year’s Class of ’06 had eleven swim team members among its graduates. While Coach Drisaldi knew there was tremendous talent among her athletes, she was committed to bringing this sport, which is typically thought of as an individual sport, together as one entity.

“We already had some very strong swimmers on the team, but I think our major strength this year was our team unity,” said Drisaldi. “I watched the kids come together during meets, after school training sessions, and during team dinners at some members’ homes.”

Coach Drisaldi took the team to the Georgia 1A – 4A High School State Championships at Westminster School on February 9th and 10th. Along with the only BT qualified diver, sophomore Kellie Dickinson, who finished 21st in the competition, Blessed Trinity had 11 students swim in the preliminaries Friday evening, and saw three students set school records. 

Of the 11, four BT swimmers qualified to swim individual events on Saturday evening:  Meg Welch qualified 15th in the 200 Free with a time of 2:04.36, and finished 14th with a time of 2:05.50; John Ganter swam in the 100 Back with a personal best time and new BT school record of 56.78 and finished 11th overall; John Michael Hayes swam in the 500 Freestyle qualifying with a personal best time and new school record of 5:03.24 and finished 16th overall and Trace Browne qualified in the 200 Freestyle and finished 14th overall with a personal best and new school record of 1:51.87. 

The 200 Medley relay, consisting of John Ganter, John Michael Hayes, Trace Browne and Chris Boeckel, also broke a school record with a time of 1:49.71 in January.

BT State participants include:
Joe Dembowski
John Ganter
Courtney Dunn
Meg Welch
Allison Verde
Emily Valz
John Michael Hayes
Trace Browne
Tyler Chesser
Chris Boeckel
Chris Bailey
Diver: Kellie Dickinson
Alternate:  Caitlin Ryan