Walsingham Hosts Successful Swimming Meet, Celebrates Seniors
Walsingham Hosts Successful Swimming Meet, Celebrates Seniors
Mike Brantley

The Trojans swim teams took to action on Friday night as they hosted the Walsingham Invitational Meet at the WISC.

In addition to the Trojans, the meet included Cape Henry, Norfolk Christian, Peninsula Catholic, Bishop Sullivan, Richmond Christian, and Oaktree Academy. With a lot of extra enthusiasm as the Trojans celebrated the careers of their three seniors, the Walsingham swimmers put on a great performance in front of the home crowd.

In the first event of the night, the Trojans got their first top 3 performance as the team of Jocelyn Covaney '21, Maggie Menoni '19, Olivia Robinson '21, and Maddie Nassabi '20 earned 3rd place in the Girls 200 Medley Relay. In the Girls 200 Free, the Trojans had two top 8 finishers as Grace Weeks '19 finished 6th and Emma Lobash '22 finished 7th. In the Boys 200 Free, David Carter '21 had an impressive 5th-place finish in a time of 2:12.03.

The Trojans had another impressive back-to-back finish in the Girls 200 Individual Medley as Jocelyn Covaney and Olivia Robinson were less than a second apart, earning 4th and 5th place respectively.

The Girls 50 Free was dominated by Walsingham's Maggie Menoni in a time of 26.81 seconds, more than 2 seconds ahead of the 2nd place finisher. Maddie Nassabi (5th) and Clare Kinney (12th) also scored for the Trojans in the event. The Boys 50 Free also had multiple Trojans earn points as Matthew Brause '19 (9th) and Jake Falcone '22 (16th) both swam impressive races.

The Girls 100 Butterfly saw Maggie Menoni (2nd) and Grace Weeks '19 (4th) near the top of the leaderboard again. David Carter had a good finish again in the Boys 100 Butterfly, earning 3rd place in a time of 1:05.04.

The Trojans had two more top 5 finishers in the Girls 100 Free as Olivia Robinson (4th) and Emma Lobash (5th) finished with impressive times of 1:05.90 and 1:07.98, respectively.

Maddie Nassabi earned her second individual top 5 of the night with a 4th place finish in the Girls 500 Free.

The Girls 200 Free Relay saw great performances by both Trojans' teams. Maggie Menoni, Grace Weeks, Jocelyn Covaney, and Maddie Nassabi had a dominant first place finish in 1:55.81, and the team of Caitlyn Rogerson '20, Olivia Clark '20, Antonia Van Nahmen '21, and Clare Kinney '19 also finished strong, earning 5th place in 2:12.34. The Boys 200 Free Relay team of David Carter, Brendan Bouchard '23, Matthew Brause, and Jake Falcone earned 6th place in 2:02.07.

Jocelyn Covaney (2nd) and Caitlyn Rogerson (6th) continued the successful night for the Trojans with their performances in the Girls 100 Backstroke.

The Girls 100 Breaststroke saw Olivia Clark earn 2nd place after edging out the 3rd place finisher by just 0.02 seconds!

In the Trojans' final race of the night, the relay team of Grace Weeks, Olivia Robinson, Emma Lobash, and Clare Kinney finished in 5th place.

The meet was scored using the Dual Meet format. Walsingham was 6-0 in dual meet scoring against their opponent.

The Trojans have just one Varsity meet left this season before the championship meets. The last meet will take place on Wednesday, 1/30, when the Trojans compete at the Bishop Sullivan Invitational.

Trojans Celebrate Senior Swimmers

Three Trojans swam in their final home meet on Friday. Seniors Clare Kinney, Maggie Menoni, and Grace Weeks were honored at the meet for their outstanding careers and all the contributions they have made to the Walsingham swimming program.

Walsingham Athletic Director Neil Bailey recognized these seniors and their families during a break in the meet and they continued the celebration after the meet with posters, gifts, and, of course, lots of cake!