STA Swim and Dive Team Takes the Gold

By Grace Hennekens, Sydney Patitucci and Sofia Marquis

NOV 14, 2016

When the St. Thomas Aquinas (STA) swum team competes at a swim meet, they don’t just go, they go to win.  On Tuesday, October 18, 2016, that’s exactly what happened.  The STA Swim and Dive Team competed at the 2016 District Meet.  The meet took place at the Pompano Beach Aquatic Center.  Both the men’s and women’s teams took first place at the meet, once again showing their dominance in the pool.  The men scored a total of 506 points.  The women scored a total of 518.5 points.

Several St. Thomas swimmers also took first place in individual events and relays.  The top females were Gina Fimiano (9th), Quinn Connor (12th), Kasey Jordan (10th), Sarah Asseraf (12th), Carly Hyman (11th), and Emily Puja (11th).  Carly Price (12th) took first place in the women’s one-meter dive.  Padraic Cassidy (12th), Juan Zapata (10th), Carlos Vasquez (11th), Parker Strickman (12th), and Kalvin Hernandez (10th) topped the male competitions.  First place in the men’s one-meter dive went to Devin Nugent (12th).

An intense season of morning and afternoon practices definitely contributed to the win.  During the meet, several members of the STA swim team obtained best-times for the current season.  Team members were enthusiastically supportive of each other.  What’s next for the swim team?  Well, right now they’re on to defend their titles at Regionals and States.