Men’s swim heads to MSHSAA State meet

Greg Frazier
Sports Editor

Senior Chris Ball swims butterfly at the Lindbergh Invitational on Oct. 14. Photo by Greg Frazier

Men’s swim has had seasonal success with seniors Chris Ball, James Andres, Andy Downey, Will Hayes and Trevor Mahoney.

Men’s swim started the season with two decisive wins against Affton and Mehlville on Aug. 23 and then Aug. 30, with an accumulative 80 point difference. The swimmers entered September by competing in the Rockwood Summit Quad with Eureka and Parkway North on Sept. 7.

Successes in August followed in September. The team defended Meramec against Westminster Academy on Sept. 21, by a close two point difference. Also, it defeated Parkway North five days after on Sept. 26, the end score was 118 – 58. A 60-point win for Webster.

Beginning of October brought three back to-back-to-back invitationals spread across Cape Rock and two again at Rockwood.To prepare for the long travel to Cape Girardeau, swimmers were given gift pouches from their teammates. Unfortunately the gift pouches didn’t work against Kirkwood on Oct. 10, because Kirkwood was able to stop the undefeated 6-0 Webster Groves by 57 – 124: a 67-point deficit for Webster.

Four days after the Kirkwood meet, Webster traveled to Lindbergh for the Flyer Invitational to help raise funds for children with cancer with Cape Notre Dame, De Smet, Jackson, Kirkwood, Ladue, Marquette, MICDS, SLUH and Vianney.

Hayes said, “I had slow times when I first started swim two years ago, but now that I’ve had more time, I’ve been able to improve a lot more this season.”

Hayes would go on to take first in the 200m IM with a time of 2:23.04.

After the Flyer Invitational, Webster would swim one last regular season meet against Pattonville. It defended Meramec one last time by a 105 – 78 point difference. Webster headed to Pattonville to compete in the Suburban XII Conference on Oct. 25 and 26. Then from Nov. 2-4, Webster is at St. Peter’s for the MSHSAA State meet.

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