The Swim Team made a splash by placing fourth overall in the LSHAA High School State Swimming Championship. The team, joined by over 20 other Louisiana schools, competed for the title of state champion in Sulphur, Louisiana, on the weekend of November 18.
Nearly every swimmer from Dominican who competed in the State preliminaries returned for the finals the following day. Sophomores Brie Duhe, Emma MacMahon and Hannah Morris, and seniors Catharine Carr, Emily Wilson, and Kaylan Smith were among the top 8 finalists statewide.
Two swimmers, Morris and MacMahon, competed and placed individually among other schools in Louisiana. Morris placed first in the 500 freestyle and second in the 200 freestyle, and MacMahon placed third in the 200 individual medley.
The team also competed with a quartet consisting of Wilson, Smith, MacMahon and Morris, who placed second overall in the 200 medley relay.
Ms. Erin Baker, moderator, believes that “the swimmers’ support for each other, whether it be going behind the blocks or cheering from the sides, really pushed the team to do so well in State.”
The DHS Swim Team began their habit of winning early in the season. They finished second out of 25 high schools from the Northshore and Southshore areas in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Metro Championship Meet, held Oct. 29 at UNO’s Aquatic Center.
Wilson, a member of this swim team for the past 4 years, said that the bond of this year’s team was not only evident in the pool, but outside, too. “I think that this year’s team was really close, and it was awesome to share my last swim meet with such a close-knit group of swimmers.”
– Claire Dinwiddie