StC News

Swimming, 4th straight state title

Gertner '25, 400 free relay set school records.
The swimming and diving team won its fourth straight VISAA title Saturday, Feburary 17.

The Saints scored 230 points to outpace Prep League members Norfolk Academy and Trinity Episcopal (217, 2nd), Collegiate (164, 4th) and St. Anne's-Belfield (150, 5th).

Leading the way was Alex Gertner '25. He won the 200-yard freestyle in a school-record time of 1:41.15, then helped the 400 free relay team tie the school record in 3:08.92 with Ryan Smith '26, Ben Franks '27 and Edward Johnson '26, earning second place.

"The care, love, and passion these swimmers and divers have for one another were on full display this past weekend," said Saints coach Bucka Watson, who was named state coach of the year.

Other StC scorers:
Johnson - 3rd, 200 IM; 6th, 100 Breaststroke
Smith - 3rd, 50 Free; 6th, 100 Butterfly
Gertner - 3rd, 100 Free
200 Free Relay - 3rd (Gertner, Johnson, Ben Butterfield '25, Smith)
200 Medley Relay - 6th (Butterfield, Franks, Bennett Long '24, Robbie Joyner '24)
Franks - 7th, 500 Free & 100 Breaststroke
Butterfield - 8th, 100 Backstroke