St. Patrick swimmers compete in state swim meet in Tupelo, MS

Several of the St. Patrick Fighting Irish swimmers competed in the state swim meet in Tupelo this weekend. Swimmers swam and were scored on Saturday, October 31.

Seven swimmers and two relays swam their personal fastest of the season at the state meet. Kathleen McMackin swam at personal record in the 200 individual medley and in the 100 backstroke. Jeanne Torp swam a personal record in the 100 backstroke. Christian McKee grabbed a personal record in the individual medley. Gray Carpenter swam his fastest in the 100 butterfly. Laurie Pisciotta swam her fastest time for the 100 butterfly, as did Annie Torp. Madison Gillam swam her fastest this season for the 100 freestyle in preliminaries. Will McMackin swam a season fast 500 Freestyle in preliminaries. Both the girls and boys 200 medley relays swam their personal fastest for the season.

Three of the St. Patrick swimmers received medals at the meet. Junior Jeanne Torp collected a bronze third place medal for the 100 freestyle. Christian McKee placed second and received a silver medal in the 200 individual medley. Senior Gray Carpenter placed first in the 100 butterfly and was awarded a gold medal. Two of the relays also received medals. Kathleen McMackin, Laurie Pisciotta, Maddie Gillam, and Jeanne Torp accepted a second place silver medal for their 400 freestyle. The boys 400 freestyle also placed with a third place bronze medal for their fastest time of the season. The boys relay included Gray Carpenter, Christian and Jack McKee, and Sam Hewes.

Many swimmers from St. Patrick placed in the meet. Kathleen McMackin placed fifth in the finals for the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 100 backstroke. Sam Hewes finished seventh in finals for his 100 freestyle. Laurie Pisciotta and Annie Torp both swam their fastest times this season in the 100 fly and finished fourth and sixth in finals. Jeanne Torp swam to eighth place in the 100 backstroke. Gray Carpenter and Christian McKee turned in strong Backstroke performances and finished fourth and eighth in finals. Clayton Stoddard finished sixth in the 100 backstroke during finals. The majority of the relays also placed in finals. The girls 200 Medley Relay team of Kathleen McMackin, Mary Agnes Mestayer, Laurie Pisciotta and Jeanne Torp finished fifth in finals. Girls 200 Freestyle Relay team of Annie Torp, Mary Agnes Mestayer, Corynn Hebert and Maddie Gillam finished eighth in finals. The Boys 200 Medley Relay of Christian McKee, Clayton Stoddard, Gray Carpenter and Will McMackin swam to sixth place in preliminaries, then finished fifth in finals.

St. Patrick Boys finished a solid sixth in State, ahead of St. Stanislaus and Vancleave. This is a huge improvement over last season, when they finished ninth overall. St. Patrick Girls finished in fifth place again this season, ahead of OLA and a very strong Vancleave girls team. Both teams turned in the strongest performance of all the Class 1 teams on the coast.

Story by Cecilia Collins