SAS Swimmers Achieve 100% Lifetime Best Swims at TISCA State Meet
On Friday, February 10, and Saturday, February 11, five St. Andrew-Sewanee swimmers competed in the 2023 TISCA State Championship Meet in Knoxville.
During a highly successful weekend, the SAS State Team set 4 school records and swam lifetime bests in 100% of their individual and relay events. Freshman Sarah Russell Leonard dropped 0.22 sec in the Girls' 100 yd Butterfly, setting a new SAS record of 1:03.35. Leonard also dropped 1.47 sec in the 500 yd Freestyle, finishing with a new SAS record of 5:41.27. Russell finished 33rd out of 68 in the 100 yd Butterfly and 38 out of 61 in the 500 yd Freestyle. Junior Jack Frazier now holds the SAS Boys' 100 yd Breaststroke record with a time of 57.90; he finished 11th overall out of 91 swimmers. His time broke the previous record of 58.25 set by Will Hanger in 2020 at the TISCA State Meet. Sophomore Loulie Frazier earned a new lifetime best swim of 1:06.49 in the 100 yd Backstroke, a time drop of 0.74 seconds. The SAS girls’ relay team found success as well. On Friday, Leonard and Loulie Frazier combined with sophomore Sienna Barry and junior Reese Michaels for the Girls’ 200 yd Medley Relay. Their final time of 2:03.82 improved upon their seed time by 4.79 seconds and crushed the old record of 2:08.30 set in 2012. On Saturday, Barry, L. Frazier, Leonard, and Michaels combined again in the Girls’ 400 yd Freestyle Relay, breaking their own record of 4:10.19 set earlier in the season with a final time of 4:08.17, and finishing 27th overall.
Coach Knoll praised the SAS State Team swimmers saying, “This was a terrific weekend of swimming at the State meet. The team was positive, focused, and committed to doing their best, and it showed in each race as they swam fast, supported each other, and had fun! We couldn’t possibly be more proud of what they accomplished this weekend”.