JPII Swim Team Makes a Splash
The JPII swim team, headed by captains Nick Massa, Ben Geist, Caroline Vaughn, Kara Moeller, and Brittany Zobl has made a great splash this season. In early December, the Lady Knights swimmers took the Sumner County schools by storm when they won every single race that they competed in, giving them the title of Sumner County Champions for the third year in a row. Earlier in their season, when the team faced Father Ryan, the girls ended up edging Father Ryan by one point, however, the boys lost, but they were not far behind the Irish in points. Swimming is scored by a tier system, with first place getting four points, second getting three, and so on. Consequently, the one point victory made for an exciting meet.
Throughout the season, many individuals have qualified for not only regionals, but also the state championship. Over sixteen people have qualified for regionals, each of them in multiple events. Four swimmers: Maddie Kolbe, Nick Massa, Paige Scheriger, and Brittany Zobl, have made state times, a standard time set at the beginning of each year that competitors must get below to qualify, also in multiple events, and they will represent JPII on February 10th and 11th at Centenial Sportsplex.
Nick Massa qualified for the 100M backstroke, 100M breaststroke, and 200M medley, a combination of each stroke. Paige, who also qualified for the Olympic trials, made state times in the 200 free, 200 individual medley, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, and 500 free. Maddie Kolbe qualified for the state meet in the 200 free, 200 individual medley, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 100 backstroke, and 100 breaststroke. Brittany Zobl will compete in the state championship in the 200 free, 200 individual medley, 50 free, 100 fly, 100 free, 500 free, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke.
The Knights are coached by Sheree Zobl and Allen Curtis and still have three more meets up until the regional meet, which is being held on January 27th, giving the team three more opportunities to qualify for either the regional or state meets. Overall the Knights have been very successful this season, despite the loss of many seniors, and will continue this success until the state meet.