Sports

Chapter 9: Swimming

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No El Paso public high school has ever won a team championship in the sports of swimming and diving. Several schools have had male and female swimmers that have won individual state championships or been part of relay teams that have won titles. There are two high schools in El Paso that have done very well in their annual swimming state tournament----Loretto Academy and Cathedral High School. Loretto Academy has not won a team championship but the young ladies from the school have medaled consistently through out the history of the state meet. Cathedral High School is in a class by themselves. The Irish have won 29 state championships and many individual titles. Cathedral has dominated their competition usually outscoring their opponents by as much as 150 to 200 points. The Irish swim team is second to none among the private and parochial schools in the state of Texas and has been nationally ranked in the past. I have decided that this chapter of my book will cover the El Paso public schools and Loretto Academy. I will devote my Chapter 10 solely to Cathedral High School because I think any school with their history deserves to stand alone. I trust that this will not offend anyone reading this book. My resources for this chapter are uiltexas.org and tapps.net unless otherwise noted.

2017 Swimming Update for UIL Schools and Loretto Academy

It seems that the same high schools dominate the local swimming scene year end and year out. The 2017 season would see more of the same. Top finishers in the 1-6A girls' district race were Franklin 158 points, Coronado 127 points, and Eastwood 105 points. Top finishers in the 1-6A boys' district race were Eastwood 215 points, Coronado 91 points, and Franklin 73 points.

El Paso High has been dominating the 5A ranks in the city for the past several years and 2017 was more of the same. The Tigers took first place in both the boys' and girls' district competition scoring 169 points (boys') and 224 points (girls'). Jefferson (125 points) and Chapin (67 points) took second and third place in the girls' race while Chapin (117 points) and Burges/Jefferson (54 points) tool second and third place in the boys' district competition.

The El Paso area UIL schools didn't fare to well at the state meet although more athletes from El Paso qualified than ever before. A total of 19 athletes from the EPISD competed at the state meet. The top 6A boys' team was Eastwood which finished in 49th place. The Franklin girls' team was the top El Paso team with its' 32nd place finish. The 5A schools did a little better. On the boys' side El Paso took 25th place and Bel Air finished in 38th place. The El Paso High girls' finished a very respectable 12th place with Jefferson taking 43rd place.

There were no medals won at the state meet for any of the El Paso area schools but several athletes turned in solid individual or relay performances. Omar Thomas of Eastwood finished 13th in 100 yard backstroke. Thomas O'Beirne of Eastwood and Manuel Hernandez of Eastwood qualified for 6A swimming events at the state meet. Angelica Castrejon of Franklin finished in 8th place in the 100 yard backstroke, 16th in the 100 yard freestyle and was also a member of the Cougar's 200 yard freestyle relay team that finished in 16th place (Maryfer Mancera, Sophia Trevizo, Airam Olivia-Aun, Angelica Castrejon).  Top performances by the 5A schools were turned in by the following individuals or relay teams:

Boys: EPHS 9th Place 200 yard medley relay (Tyler Arnold, Branson Baca, Vittorio Kirken, Mohammad Abdeljaber), Bel Air's Armando Flores 10th place 200 yard freestyle, El Paso High's Vittorio Kirken's 16th place finish in the same event, Bel Air's Armando Flores' 14th place finish in the 100 yard butterfly, Bel Air's Raul Palacios' 15th place finish in the 500 yard freestyle, and El Paso High's 12th place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay (Branson Baca, Baylor Watkins, Vincent Pedregon, and Mohammad Abdeljaber).

Girls: El Paso High's 200 yard medley relay team's 7th place finish (Victoria Garcia, Isabella Valles, Natalia Villa, and Mackenzie Tovar), Jefferson's Andi Acosta's 9th place finish in the 200 yard IM, Victoria Garcia of EPHS and her 11th place finish in the 100 yard butterfly, El Paso High's 15th place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay (Mackenzie Tovar, Francesca Baca, Rebecca Perez, and Emani Brown), Victoria Garcia's 12th place finish in the 100 yard backstroke, El Paso High's Isabella Valles' 10th place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke, Andi Acosta's 13th place in the same event, and El Paso High's 400 yard freestyle relay team's 13th place finish (Natalia Villa, Mackenzie Tovar, Francesca Baca, and Victoria Garcia).

Loretto Academy finished 13th at the TAPPS Division I girls' state meet. Loretto was led by Christina D'Incognito'x 5th place finish in the 100 yard backstroke and her 7th place finish in the 200 yard. She was also a member of Loretto's 200 yard medley relay team that placed 12th at the state meet (Ana Vasquez, Audrey McCool, Luisa Rivera, and Christina D'Incognito).

The El Paso Times named the following girls to their All City Teams:

Most Valuable Swimmer Franklin High School's Angelica Castrejon
1st Team: Natalia Villa (EPHS), Andi Acosta (Jefferson), Victoria Garcia (EPHS) Ximena Posados (Franklin), and Cyd Schwartz (Eastwood)
2nd Team: Francesca Baca (EPHS), Martfer Mancera (Franklin), Christina D' Incognito (Loretto), Emani Brown (EPHS), Rebecca Perez (EPHS), Sophia Trevizo (Franklin), Isabella Valles (EPHS), and Madison Valverde (Del Valle).

 

2016 Swimming Updates

Public High Schools
The El Paso area high schools did not have a very good year at the state swimming tournament. El Paso High was the top 5A team in both girls' and boys' swimming. The Tiger girls finished in 13th place in the state with 63 points while the Tiger boys finished in 38th place with 10 points. Only two other El Paso area 5A girls' team cracked the state rankings with Jefferson coming in at 27th place and Del Valle finishing in 53rd place. Bel Air was the only other 5A boys' team to make the leader board with a 50th place finish.

The news wasn't any better in the 6A ranks. The Franklin High School girls finished in 29th place while the Eastwood boys cracked the top 50 with a 43rd place finish.

The best performance by an El Paso area team was a 4th place finish by the EPHS girls' 200 yard Medley Relay team. Members of the team were Maddie Deucher, Victoria Garcia, Natalia Villa, and Rebecca Perez. Victoria Garcia also finished in 6th place in the 100 yard Butterfly. Maddie Deucher had an 8th place finish in the 100 yard Backstroke. Other 5A girls that scored points in various events were Ale Acosta (Jefferson), Andi Acosta (Jefferson), Madison Valveid (Del Valle), and the EPHS 200 yard Freestyle Relay team (Francesca Baca, Emani Brown, Alexis Correa, Rebecca Perez). The best performances by the 5A boys came from the EPHS 200 yard Medley Relay team (Tyler Arnold, Branson Baca, Mohammed Abdelaber, Andrew Harmon) which finished in 14th place. Raul Palacios of Bel Air had a 14th place finish in the 500 yard Freestyle. Brandon Baca of EPHS placed 13th in the 100 yard Backstroke.

The best performances from the 6A girls came from Franklin's Airam Oliva-Aun who had a 15th place finish in the 200 yard Freestyle and a 13th place finish in the 100 yard Butterfly. She was also a member of two relay teams that took 15th place in both events (200 yard Freestyle Relay- Angelica Castrejon, Gabby Lopez, Ximena Posadas, Oliva-Aun) and (400 yard Free Style-same team member ship as the 200 yard team). Angelica Castrejon of Franklin also had a 15th place finish in the 100 yard Freestyle and a 13th place finish in the 100 yard Backstroke.  Top performers for the 6A boys were Thomas O'beirne of Eastwood who had a 16th place finish in the 200 yard Freestyle and a 14th place finish in the 500 yard Freestyle. Jacob Allard of Eastwood finished 13th in the 100 yard Backstroke. The Eastwood 400 yard Freestyle Relay team finished in 15th place (Jacob Allard, Omar Torres, Thomas O'beirne, Manuel Hernandez).

Loretto Academy Girls
Loretto Academy finished in 9th place in the TAPPS girls state swimming tournament. Top performer for Loretto was Christina D'Icogninto who help account for 13 of the 18 points that the Academy scored. D'Icognito best finish was a 6th place finish in the 100 yard Backstroke. Other swimmers on the Loretto team were Paolina Montes, Audrey McCool, Luisa Rivera, Cassandra Gilliam, Fernanda Vasquez, and Daniela Granades.
 

The El Paso Public High Schools

2015: The El Paso area public high schools did not win any individual or team championships but local swimmers did swim well at the state meet. Eastwood High School’s Leonard Sanchez finished second in the 6A 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:38.63. Sanchez won the gold medal in the same event in 2014 with a very similar time. Victoria Garica took the bronze medal in the 5A 100 yard butterfly with a time of 56.95 seconds. Garcia won this event in 2014 and it should be noted that her 2015 time was faster. Other 6A swimmers that did well were Franklin High School’s Nina Gonzalez (5th in the 200 yard freestyle); Franklin’s 200 yard freestyle relay team finished 4th in a time of 1:37.20 (team members were Nina Gonzalez, Sammi Wilts, Aram Oliva-Aun and Angelica Castrjon). Franklin’s 400 yard freestyle relay team consisting of the same four members finished fourth with a time of 3:30.21. Sammi Wilts finished 7th in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 57.98 seconds. Franklin High School entered Saturday’s events with a chance to win the state title but ended up with a 5th place team finish scoring 110.5 points (the highest team finish in El Paso history). Other 5A swimmers that did well were Victor Baca of El Paso High who finished 3rd in the 100 yard butterfly (50.51.seconds) and 4th in the 100 yard breaststroke (57.65 seconds). The El Paso High 200 yard medley relay team finished 4th (1:38.53). Members of the team were Branson Baca, Enzo Modesto-Abbud, Victor Baca, and Andrew Harmon. El Paso High finished 8th in the 5A boys team standings scoring 83 points. Jefferson High School’s Ale Acosta finished 6th in the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:08.15.

2014: It was a very good year for El Paso swimmers at the annual UIL State Swimming and Diving Tournament. El Paso High School’s Victoria Garcia won a gold medal in the 100 yard butterfly with a winning time of 56.99 seconds. Eastwood High School’s Leonardo Sanchez won the gold medal in the 200 yard freestyle with a winning time of 1:38.33. Sanchez also won a bronze medal in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 45.47 seconds. El Paso High School was the top performing El Paso high school (boys and girls) in 4A while Eastwood High School and Franklin High School were the top performing El Paso schools in 5A. The El Paso High girls team finished 11th in the team standing with 80 points while the Tiger boys finished 18th in the state team rankings. The Franklin High School girls finished 14th in the team standings with 57 points and the Eastwood boys placed 10th in the team standings with 63 points. Several schools had solid performances in relay races and individual events. The following is a summary of the best performances:

4A Girls: EPHS finished 11th in the 200 yard IM Relay with a time of 1:53.38. Team members were Victoria Garcia, Sarah Bookout, Shanny Lin, and Ivy Claflin.

                Ivy Claflin of EPHS finished 16th in the 200 yard freestyle (2:01.70)

                Ale Acosta of Jefferson High School finished 6th in the 200 yard IM (2:09.25); Shanny Lin of EPHS was 11th in the same event (2:12.02)

                Victoria Garcia of EPHS won the gold medal in the 100 yard butterfly with a winning time of 56.99 seconds; Shanny Lin of EPHS was 8th in the same event (58.32    seconds)

                Danielle Gonzalez of EPHS finished 16th in the 100 yard freestyle (57.27 seconds)

                Ale Acosta of Jefferson finished in 14th place in the 500 yard freestyle (5:09.21)

                Victoria Garcia of EPHS finished in 8th place in the 100 yard backstroke (1:00.09)

                El Paso High finished 9th in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:40.43. Team members were Ivy Claflin, Shanny Lin, Danielle Gonzalez, and Victoria Garcia.

4A Boys: El Paso High finished 11th in the 200 yard IM Relay with a time of 1:40.63. Team members were Noah Claflin, Victor Baca, Michael Licon, and Enzo Modesto Abbud

                Daniel Gonzalez Arand of Chapin High School finished 12th in the 200 yard IM (1:59.48)

                Victor Baca of EPHS finished 5th in the 100 yard butterfly (51.18 seconds)

                Daniel Gonzalez Arand of Chapin High School finished 5th in the 100 yard backstroke (52.74)

                Victor Baca of EPHS finished 11th in the 100 yard breaststroke (59.55)

                El Paso High finished 15th in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:21.93. Team members were Andrew Harmon, Noah Claflin, Victor Baca, and Michael Licon.

5A Girls: Nina Gonzalez of Franklin High School finished 11th in the 200 yard freestyle (1:52.93)

                Claire O’Beirne of Eastwood High School finished 10th in the 200 yard IM (2:06.78)

                Angelica Castrejon of Franklin High School finished 15th in the 50 yard freestyle (24.41)

                Angelica Castrejon of Franklin High School finished 8th in the 100 yard freestyle (52:06)

                Nina Gonzalez of Franklin High School finished 9th in the 500 yard freestyle (5:00.13)

                Franklin High School finished 14th in the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:40.32. Team members were Angelica Castrejon, Gaby Lopez, Sammi Wilts, and Nina Gonzalez.

                Sammi Wilts of Franklin High School finished 9th in the 100 yard backstroke (57.83)

                Franklin High School’s 400 yard freestyle relay team finished 10th with a time of 3:33.63. Team members were Angelica Castrejon, Sammi Wilts, Gaby Lopez, and Nina

                Gonzalez.

5A Boys: Leonardo Sanchez of Eastwood High School won the gold medal in the 200 yard freestyle with a winning time of 1:38.33.

                Angel Macias of Eastwood High School finished 14th in the 200 yard IM (1:56.79)

               Mario Yague of Bel Air High School finished 16th in the 100 yard butterfly (52.70). This was the first time in many years that Bel Air placed an individual in a finals of a swimming event at the state meet.

               Leonardo Sanchez of Eastwood High School finished 3rd (bronze medal) in the 100 yard freestyle (45.47).  This was the second medal for Sanchez at the 2014 meet.

               Eastwood High School finished 10th in the 200 yard freestyle relay event (1:27.11). Relay members were Hector Gomez, Zach Williams, Nathaniel Munoz, and

               Leonardo Sanchez.

               Zeus Gomez of Eastwood High School finished 15th in the 100 yard backstroke (53.48)

               Eastwood High School finished 13th in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:14.11. Team members were Leonardo Sanchez, Evan Allard, Colin O’Beirne, and

               Bryan Romero

2014 was a very good year for El Paso and 2015 promises to be just as good or better as EPHS, Franklin, Eastwood, and Jefferson all had teams that consisted of under classmen.

 

2011-2012 El Paso High School: The Lady Tigers finished 14th in the state. Members of the team included Ivy Claflin, Danielle Gonzalez, Anissa Davidson, and Shanny Lin. Shanny Lin finished 6th in the Girls 200 yard IM and 5th in the Girls 100 yard Butterfly.

2010-2011 El Paso High School: The Lady Tigers finished 13th in the state with 67 points. El Paso High finished 6th in the Girls 200 yard Medley Relay. Members of the relay team were Gaby Partida, Paula Erives, Shanny Lin, and Lauren Porras. The Jefferson boys’ team finish state with 29 points.

2009-2010 Coronado High School: Jake Hartley won the gold medal for the Boys 50 yard Freestyle in a time of 20.22 seconds. He then followed that feat with another gold medal performance in the Boys 100 yard Freestyle with a time of 44.83 seconds.

2008-2009 Coronado High School: Jake Hartley won the gold medal for the Boys 50 yard Freestyle in 20.54 seconds. This was the first of three individual state championships for Hartley.

More on Jake Hartley

Jake Hartley graduated from Coronado High School and is now a senior at Stanford University where he is a member of the Cardinal Swimming Team. He had a successful freshmen season (2010-2011) swimming a personal best 45.31 seconds in the 100 free at the PAC 10 meet and 20.00 seconds in the 50 free at the conference meet. He had a 3rd place finish in the 50 free against Cal State Bakersfield in a dual meet. Jake also had a successful sophomore season (2011-2012) winning the 50 free during a dual meet with Hawaii and finished 12th in the Arena Invite in the 50 free. He has posted the following best times while at Stanford: 50 free (19.97, 2012); 100 free (44.48, 2012); 100 back (48.48, 2011); and 200 back (1:45.76, 2011). Hartley was a 3 time All-State swimmer at Coronado High School for his performances in 2008-2010. He is majoring in Human Biology at Stanford University.

2004-2005 Chapin High School: Lara Jackson won two individual swimming titles at the 2004-2005 Texas UIL State Swimming Championships. The first came in the 50 yard Freestyle where she had a time of 23.24 seconds. She then won the 100 yard Butterfly with a time of 56.09 seconds.

2003-2004 Chapin High School: Lara Jackson won her first individual state championship when she swam a time of 23.53 seconds in the 50 yard Freestyle. Jackson would cap her high school career the following year with two more individual championships.

More on Lara Jackson

Lara Jackson won 3 individual gold medals in swimming while competing for Chapin High School. She won two titles for the 50 yard freestyle and one more for the 100 yard butterfly. She continued her swimming career at the University of Arizona and later became a member of the USA National Swimming team. She became the American record holder for the 50 meter freestyle when she swam a time of 24.50 seconds at the 2008 Olympic Trials. Lara Jackson finished fourth in the Olympic Trials but was moved up one place when the third place swimmer was disqualified. Jackson should have been placed on the Olympic Team but USA Olympic officials decided to take only two swimmers in her event. Lara Jackson didn’t let disappointment stop her. She swam a personal best 56.17 seconds in the 100 meter Freestyle later in 2008 and won the gold medal for the 50 meter Freestyle at the 2011 Pan American games. Lara Jackson was inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009. She is still involved in competitive swimming and has not ruled out another attempt to make the 2016 Olympic team. She has been giving swimming seminars for El Paso swimmers in 2014.

2002-2003 Eastwood High School: Yousif Del Valle won an individual state championship for the 200 yard Freestyle with a time of 1:39.46.

2000-2001 Eastwood High School: The Troopers won the state championship for the 200 yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:25.78. The UIL didn’t list the members of the relay team.

2000-2001 Eastwood High School: The Troopers added the 400 yard freestyle to their list of state championships. The relay team swam a time of 3:08.22. The UIL didn’t list the members of the relay team. This was the second time in two years that Eastwood had won the gold medal for the 400 yard freestyle.

1999-2000 Eastwood High School: The Trooper won the first of two gold medals for the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:06.50. The UIL didn’t list the members of the relay team.

1998-1999 Franklin High School: Lacey Elliot won the first of her two state championships when she finished first in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 23.33 seconds.

1998-1999 Franklin High School: Lacey Elliot won her second state championship of the meet when she finished first in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 51.49 seconds.

More on Lacey Elliot

Lacey Elliot was a swimmer at Franklin High School in the late 1990’s. Her main swimming events were the 50 yard and 100 yard freestyles. She won 2 gold medals or state championships at the Texas UIL State Swimming Meet in the 1998-1999 school year. She set a state record in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 23.33 seconds. The sport of swimming is always improving but Elliot’s 50 freestyle time still ranks in the top ten ever recorded in Texas. She finished the ’98-’99 state meet by winning the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 51.49 seconds. Lacey Elliot had a stellar high school career and was named 1st Team All American once and Honorable Mention two other times. Her swimming coach at Franklin, Polly Perry, informs me that Lacey Elliot still holds the Cougar’s school record for those two events. Elliot accepted a scholarship from the SMU upon graduation from Franklin and competed for the Mustangs during the 2000-2001 swim season. She then transferred to the University of Texas and competed for the Longhorns for the last three years of her collegiate career. Elliot was a letter winner for UT each of her three seasons from 2001-2004 and named to the Big 12 All Academic Team for the 2003-2004 season. Lacey Elliot is married and lives in Austin, Texas.

 

1997-1998 Eastwood High School: The Trooper won the state championship in the All Schools Classification for the 200 yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:25.78. Members of the relay team were not listed.

1997-1998 Eastwood High School: Kurt Mullen won an individual gold medal for the 100 yard freestyle when he swam a time of 45.48 seconds.

1980-1981 Coronado High School: Susan Marks won an individual gold medal for her performance in the 100 yard breaststroke. Her winning time was 1:08.59.

 

1976-1977 Eastwood High School: Bill Juvrud won an individual state championship for the Troopers when he finished first in the 100 yard backstroke. His winning time was 54.47 seconds.

El Paso Loretto Academy

I have decided to devote the rest of this chapter to covering the swimming history of Loretto Academy. Loretto consistently performs well at the annual TAPPS Swimming State Championships and several of their swimmers have gone on to have swimming careers at the collegiate level. My resource for this section is tapps.net. The records go back to the 1999-2000 school year. Cathedral High School and Loretto Academy were members of the TCIL (Texas Christian (Catholic) Interscholastic League before the year 2000. TCIL records are virtually non-existent except in football and basketball.

2015: Miriam Guevara won a gold medal for Loretto Academy in the 100 yard backstroke with a winning time of 56:01.2 seconds. Garcia’s gold medal was the first for Loretto since Sydney Hirschi won 2 golds in 2013. Miriam Guevara also took a silver medal in the 100 yard butterfly. Loretto finished in 7th place in the team standings with 53.7 points.

2014: Loretto Academy finished sixth in the team standings at the TAPPS’ Class 5A Division I State Swim Meet with a total of 53 points. The 200 yard medley relay team finished fourth with a time of 2:01.24. Members of the relay team were Sofia Ruiz, August McCool, Anney Matlock, and Zoe Housen. Anney Matlock was 7th in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 2:08.76; Sofia Ruiz finished 8th in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:09.05; August McCool was fifth in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.11; and the Loretto 200 yard freestyle relay team finished 5th with a time of 1:48.03. Members of the relay team were Anney Matlock, Audrey McCool, August McCool, and Zoe Housen.

2012-2013: Loretto Academy finished fifth in the team standings at the TAPPS State Swim Meet with a total of 85 points. Loretto was paced by Sydney Hirschi who won two gold medals at the state tournament and was a member of two relay teams that had fourth place finishes. Hirschi won the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:05.08 and the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 55.26 seconds. She was also part of the 200 yard medley relay team that finished fourth in the state with a time of 1:59.75. Other relay members were Aundrea Garcia, August McCool, and Anney Matlock. August McCool, Zoe Housen, Anney Matlock, and Sydney Hirschi were the members of the 200 yard freestyle relay team that finished fourth with a time of 1:45.10. Loretto also finished 7th in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 4:21.17. Members of the relay squad were Sofia Ruiz, Aundrea Garcia, Zoe Falvey, and Zoe Housen. August McCool and Anney Matlock performed well in the swim meet. McCool had a 9th place finish (26.37 seconds) in the 50 yard freestyle along with a 3rd place finish (1:12.12) in the 100 yard breaststroke  and Matlock had a 10th place finish (5:54.13) in the 500 yard freestyle. I will write more about Sydney Hirschi and her sister Faith Hirschi later in this chapter.

2011-2012: Loretto Academy finished fourth in the team standings earning 106 points in the various swimming events. Members of the Lady Angels swim team were Sydney Hirschi, Lauren Antcliff, August McCool, Kari Yanez, Vicky Centeno, and Zoe House. Loretto finished in 3rd place in 200 yard medley Relay. Relay members were McCool, Antcliff, Hirschi, and Yanez. Sydney Hirschi had a 1st place finish in the 200 yard IM (2:06) while Lauren Antcliff finished 4th in the same event (2:20.43). August McCool finished 10th in the 50 yard freestyle. Sydney Hirschi added another gold medal to her total with a winning performance in the 100 yard butterfly (55.95). The Loretto 200 yard freestyle relay team finished in 1st place with a time 1:43.28. Members of the relay team were Antcliff, Hirschi, McCool, and Yanez. Lauren Antcliff capped off a brilliant swim meet with a gold medal performance in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:08.27). August McCool and Kari Yanez had 11th (1:16.82) and 14th (1:19.07) place finishes, respectively in the same event. Loretto had an 8th place finish (4:14.74) in the 400 yard freestyle. Relay members were Vicky Centeros, Aundrea Garcia, Zoe House, and Kari Yanez.

2010-2011: Loretto Academy earned a fifth place finish in the team standings scoring a total of 59 points at the state swimming meet. Sydney Hirschi turned in an outstanding performance with two individual first place finishes and another first place finish as part of relay team. Hirschi’s individual performances came in the 200 yard IM (2:08.58) and the 100 yard butterfly (56.50 seconds). She was also a member of Loretto’s 200 yard freestyle relay team that won the gold medatal with a time of 1:44.52. Other team members were August McCool, Kari Yanez, and Faith Hirschi. Faith Hirschi had a second place finish in the 100 yard backstroke (58.27). Loretto also scored point in the following events: Lauren Antcliff finished 13th in the 200 yard IM (2:33.87); August McCool finished 9th in the 50 yard freestyle (27.19 seconds) and also had a 12th place finish in the 100 yard freestyle; Lauren Antcliff finished 4th in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:15.28) while Kari Yanez and Aundrea Garcia finished 10th and 15th in the same event. Finally, the Loretto 400 yard freestyle relay team (Vicki Centeno, August McCool, Aundrea Garcia, and Kari Yanez) had a 7th place finish (4:10.39) at the state meet.

2009-2010: The Lady Angels of Loretto Academy finished in 6th place in the team rankings and were paced by Faith Hirschi, Mae Corbin, and Sydney Hirschi. Faith Hirschi won an individual state championship in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 58.76 seconds and also had a second place finish in the 500 yard freestyle (5:11.74). She was also a member of two relay teams that scored points at the meet. Sydney Hirschi had a second place finish in the 100 yard butterfly (58.13) and a third place finish in the 200 yard freestyle (1:56.88). She was also a member of two relay teams that scored points. Mae Corbin placed 8th in the 50 yard freestyle (26.96) and 6th in the 100 yard freestyle (57.93). Corbin was also a member of two relay teams that scored points at the state meet. The Loretto 200 yard freestyle relay team (Kari Yanez, Faith Hirschi, Mae Corbin, and Sydney Hirschi) finished in third place (1:43.84) and the same relay members finished fourth in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:48.00.

2008-2009: Loretto Academy scored 45 points and finished 6th in the team standings at this state tournament. Top performers for Loretto were Faith Hirschi, Mae Corbin, Katie Havlovic, and Alma Gutierrez. Mae Corbin finished 7th in the 200 yard freestyle (2:10.87) and was a member of two relay teams that scored points at the meet. Katie Havlovic swam to a 5th place finish in the 50 yard freestyle (26.28 seconds) and a 4th place finish in the 100 yard butterfly (1:04.46). She was also a member on two relay teams that tallied points. Faith Hirschi had a 3rd place finish in the 100 yard backstroke (1:01.47) and a 4th place finish in the 500 yard freestyle (5:22.62). Hirschi was also a member of the 400 yard freestyle relay team (Hirschi, Alma Gutierrez, Mae Corbin, and Katie Havlovic)  that finished 4th (3:53.99) and the 200 yard freestyle relay squad (same members as the 400 yard team) that had a 3rd place finish (1:46.03). Alma Gutierrez scored points with an 8th place finish in the 100 yard butterfly.

2007-2008: Loretto Academy racked up 53 points and finished 5th in the team rankings at the state meet. The 200 yard medley relay team (Faith Hirschi, Simone Hernandez, Alma Gutierrez, and Katie Havlovic) finished 5th with a time of 2:01.52. Katie Havlovic finished 2nd in the 50 yard freestyle and 6th in the 100 yard Freestyle (55.93). Faith Hirschi and Simone Hernandez finished in 3rd place (5:31.47) and 5th place (5:40.76) respectively in the 500 yard freestyle. The Angels’ 200 yard freestyle relay team (Alma Gutierrez, Mae Corbin, Rebekah Wierson, and Katie Havlovic) finished 4th with a time of 1:48.7). Faith Hirschi finished 3rd (1:03.53) in the 100 yard backstroke while Simone Hernandez took 6th place in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:15.78). Finally the Loretto 400 yard freestyle relay team (Faith Hirschi, Mae Corbin, Britani Jackson, and Simone Hernandez) finished in 6th place with a time of 4:03.45.

2006-2007: Loretto Academy paced by the swimming performances of Katie Havlovic finished 6th in the team standings with a total of 41 points. Havlovic finished 4th in the 50 yard freestyle (25.30) and 2nd in the 100 yard freestyle (54.92). She was also a member of two relay teams that scored points at the state meet. The Loretto 200 yard medley relay team (Katie Havlovic, Ana Hegeman, Mae Corbin, and Stephanie Escriche) finished 4th with a time of 1:59.82 while the Lady Angel’s 200 yard freestyle relay team (Havlovic, Escriche, Hegeman, and Alma Gutierrez) took 2nd place with a time of 1:46.53. Ana Hegeman had a 6th place finish (1:05.00) in the 100 yard butterfly and Alma Gutierrez took 6th place in the 100 yard backstroke (1:09.64).

2005-2006: Loretto Academy finished 8th at the state meet scoring a total of 30 points. Loretto’s 200 yard medley relay team finished in 5th place with a time of 2:03.84. Team members were Stephanie Escriche, Simone Hernandez, Ana Hegeman, and Rebekah Wierson. Ana Hegeman had a 3rd place finish in the 100 yard butterfly (1:04.07) and Simone Hernandez finished 4th in the 500 yard freestyle (5:30.36). Hernandez also had a 4th place finish in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:12.15). Finally, the Loretto 400 yard freestyle relay team (Simone Hernandez, Stephanie Escriche, Britani Jackson, and Ana Hegeman) took 6th place in the event with a time of 4:07.81.

2004-2005: Loretto Academy finished 7th in the annual TAPPS State Swimming Tournament. The Loretto 200 yard medley relay team (Bianca Hernandez, Elizabeth Howard, Ana Hegeman, and Stephanie Escriche) finished 6th with a time of 2:03.84. Ana Hegeman had 4th place finish (2:20.95) in the 200 yard IM and a 5th place finish in the 100 yard butterfly (1:04.99). Loretto’s 200 yard freestyle relay team (Hegeman, Howard, Escriche, and Emily Cancellare) had an 8th place finish (1:53.63) and another 8th place finish in the 400 yard freestyle relay (Bianca Hernadez, Elizabeth Howard, Rebekah Wiesron, and Emily Cancellare) in a time of 4:20.95. Bianca Hernandez and Emily Cancellare finished the scoring for Loretto in the 100 yard backstroke with a 3rd place (1:06.37) finish and an 8th place finish (1:10.46), respectively.

2003-2004: Loretto Academy finished 9th at the state meet with a total of 20 points. The 200 yard medley relay team (Bianca Hernandez, Cristina Acosta, Elizabeth Howard, and Emily Cancellare) finished in 3rd place with a time of 2:03.36. Ana Hegeman had a 3rd place finish in the 200 yard IM (2:25.88) and a 5th place finish in the 100 yard butterfly (1:11.02).  Loretto’s 200 yard freestyle relay team (Elizabeth Howard, Ana Hegeman, Cristina Acosta, and Emily Cancellare) took 7th place in a time of 1:52.77. Bianca Hernandez took 1st place in the 100 yard backstroke (1:07.25) and Elizabeth Howard finished in 5th place in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:15.30).

2002-2003: Loretto Academy finished 7th in the state swim meet with a total of 37 points. Top finisher for Loretto was Bianca Hernandez with a gold medal in the 100 yard backstroke (1:06.95). The Loretto 200 yard medley relay team (Bianca Hernandez, Cristina Acosta, Elizabeth Howard, and Emily Cancellare) finished in 6th place (2:07.68) and the 200 yard freestyle relay team (Hernandez, Acosta, Cancellare, and Nicole Sierra) took 6th place in a time of 1:54.06). Bianca Hernandez had a 3rd place finish in the 200 yard freestyle (2:10.26) and team mate Emily Cancellare took 5th place in the 50 yard freestyle (27.64). Elizabeth Howard finished in 8th place in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:18.60) and the 400 yard freestyle relay team (Howard, Sierra, Acosta, and Rose Harbison) finished 6th with a time of 4:27.15.

2001-2002: The tapps.net records were not very complete for this state meet but Sarah Anaya had a 3rd place finish in the 100 yard butterfly in a time of 1:04.82. This was the only record of a Loretto finish that I could find.

2000-2001: Loretto Academy finished 9th in the state meet with a total of 22 points. The Loretto 200 yard medley relay team finished in 5th place with a time of 2:06.73. Members of the relay team were Sarah Anaya, Juliana Martinez, Sarah Cancellare, and Mariana Chaparro. Sarah Cancellare finished 5th in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:26.65 and also had a 5th place finish in the 100 yard butterfly (1:06.66). Sarah Anaya finished in 7th place in the 100 yard freestyle (1:00.29) and the Loretto 200 yard freestyle relay team (Cancellare, Martinez, Chaparro, and Anaya) finished 7th with a time of 1:53.52.

1999-2000: Records for this state tournament aren’t very complete but Sarah Cancellare finished 7th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:24.60 and 7th in the 100 yard butterfly (1:05.73). Sarah Anaya had a 6th place finish in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 59.65 seconds and Lyset Cadena was a gold medal winner in the 500 yard freestyle with a winning time of 5:21.36. Loretto’s 200 yard freestyle relay team finished in 5th place with a time of 1:51.47. Team members were Sarah Anaya, Juliana Martinez, Sarah Cancellare, and Lyset Cadena. The Loretto Angels also finished 5th in the 400 yard freestyle relay (Anaya, Sofia Chaparro, Cancellare, and Cadena).

Loretto Academy has a proud tradition of producing excellent swimming athletes and even more outstanding young women. I have chosen to highlight four such graduates.  

More on Faith Hirschi

Faith Hirschi graduated from Loretto Academy in 2011 and is current a junior at Rice University in Houston, Texas where she is a member of the Owls swim team. Hirschi compiled quite a record, both in athletics and in the classroom, while a student at Loretto Academy. She was a four time letter winner and led her team to a 5th place finish at the TAPPS’ State Swimming Tournament in 2010-2011. She was named TAPPS’ First Team All-State in 2010 and Honorable Mention All-State in both 2008 and 2009. Faith was selected to the El Paso Times All City Swimming Team three times and was named to the Texas Interscholastic Coaches Association (TISCA) Private School’s 1st Team All-State squad four times. She was also selected as an USA Swimmers Scholastic All-American team in 2010 and was a two time TAPPS’ Academic All-State team member. Faith has been swimming in both the 100 and 200 backsrtoke events while at Rice University. She also specializes freestyle events for the Owl swim team. Faith made the C-USA Academic Honor Roll in the 2011-2012 season and also scored in both backstroke events at the C-USA Tournament. She finished 3rd in the consolation finals in the 200 backstroke with a career best time of 2:02.88 which was the second fastest time by an Owl swimmer during the season. Faith finished 13th in the C-USA backstroke event with a personal best time of 57.75 seconds. She also set a personal best time in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:35.53 at the C-USA Tournament. Hirschi began the 2012-2013 season by swimming the backstroke events and the 400 individual medley in a season opening event against the University of Kansas. She was sidelined most of the year with an injury. Faith is currently listed on the 2013-2014 Rice Owl Swimming Team roster as a competitor in freestyle and backstroke events. She is also a member of the West Texas Typhoon Swimming Club.

Resource:  RiceOwl.com and tapps.net

More on Sydney Hirschi

Sydney Hirschi graduated from Loretto Academy in 2013 after completing a brilliant career as a member of the Angels swimming team. Hirschi won a total of 12 medals form 2009-2013, either individually or as a member of a relay team, at the annual TAPPS’ State Swimming Tournament. Eight of the medals were gold medals (1st place finishes) with six of those being individual wins and two more as part of Loretto relay teams. Sydney also won a silver medal and two bronze medals at the state meets. The eight gold medals mean that Hirschi won 8 state championships during her years at Loretto Academy. She was named the El Paso Times All City Girl Swimmer in 2012. Sydney Hirschi signed a letter of intent with Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and is currently enjoying a very successful freshmen year as part of the Bulldog’s swim team. She is quoted on her bio page as saying, “Yale is a place where I hope I can continue to grow as an athlete and as a student at a remarkable university.” Hirschi has competed in over 20 events for Yale since the Bulldog swimming season began. I counted a total of eight 1st place and three 2nd place finishes in those events. She has been swimming in many different events but has mainly concentrated in the butterfly races. She had two first place finishes in a November 2013 dual competition with Southern Connecticut State University. One of her 1st place finishes was in the 200 yard breaststroke (2:26.80) where she beat the 2nd place finisher by almost five seconds. Hirschi had two first place finishes against Cornell on January 8th, 2014. One of the first place finishes was in the 100 yard butterfly (55.85) and the other in the 200 yard butterfly (2:02.05). It looks like Sydney Hirschi is destined for an outstanding career with the Yale Bulldogs.

Resource tapps.net and

More on Mae D. Corbin

Mae Corbin graduated from Loretto Academy in 2010 and is now a junior at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where she is studying to be a physician. Corbin competed on the Loretto swim team for four years and earned 4 varsity letters. She was a 2 time TAPPS All- State Selection and helped lead the Angels to four top 6 finishes in the TAPPS State Swimming Tournament. Corbin was amember of the El Paso Aqua Posse for six years and was named the most improved swimmer in the summer of 2009. Mae Corbin is a 2 year varsity letter winner at Pepperdine where she specializes in sprint and freestyle events. She joined the Pepperdine swim team in January of 2011 and had a very respectable freshmen year. She competed in the 50 yard freestyle in the PCSC Championships and finished the race in 27.09 seconds. Mae had a season best mark of 1:00.58 in the 100 yard freestyle and another season best of 2:15.13 in the 200 yard freestyle. Corbin didn’t compete her sophomore year in 2011-2012 because she involved in Pepperdine’s International Program. She rejoined the Wave’s swim team in 2012-2013 and enjoyed a very good junior year. She set several personal best swimming times during the year. Corbin finished 41st in the 100 yard breaststroke at the league meet with a personal best time of 1:13.62. She also set best times in the 50 yard butterfly in 29.47 seconds, 50 yard backstroke in 35.00 seconds, 50 yard freestyle in 27.35 seconds, and 400 individual medley in 5:25.92.

Resource: pepperdinesports.com and tapps.net

More on Katie Havlovic

Katie Havlovic graduated from Loretto Academy in 2009 where she competed on the Angels’ swimming team for three years and earned 3 varsity letters. Havlovic was a steady performer on the Loretto swim team and helped them to 3 top 6 finishes in the TAPPS’ State Swimming Tournament. Her best season was in 2006-2007 when she had two 2nd place finishes and two 4th place finishes at the state meet. Havlovic won silver medals in the 100 yard freestyle and the 200 yard freestyle relay. She finished 4th in the 50 yard freestyle and the 200 yard medley relay. The 2008-2009 swimming season saw her have a 2nd place finish in the 50 yard freestyle and a 4th place finish 200 yard freestyle relay. She scored points in four events at the 2007-2008 state meet. Corbin finished 2nd in the 50 yard freestyle, 4th in the 200 yard freestyle relay, 5th in the 200 yard medley relay, and 6th in the 100 yard freestyle. Katie Havlovic attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut after graduating from Loretto Academy. She was a four year competitor for Wesleyan’s swim team where she competed in freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, and relay events. Havlovic was named to the NESCAA (New England Small College Athletic Association) All Academic Team in both 2011 and 2013. Katie graduated from Wesleyan University in the spring of 2013. She is now a staff assistant at the United States House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.

 Resource: tapps.net and Wesleyan University Swimming Media Guide

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