MDSA Swimmers Break Records at National Catholic Swimming Championships

MDSA Swimmers Break Records at National Catholic Swimming Championships

Jenna Gwinn ’19 took home a gold medal and two Mount de Sales school records from the National Catholic Swimming Championships. 

The junior lead the Sailors to a fifth place team finish at the meet’s 81st edition held at Loyola University on January 20 and 21.  There were over 25 schools competing from at least six states.

Participating in four finals, Gwinn’s time of 1-minute, 5.53 seconds earned her first place in the 100-yard breaststroke.  A new MDSA record.She also contributed to a new Sailor mark, 1:49.03, in the 200-medley relay that took second place. Joining her on the record setting quartet were Mary Dunworth ’21, Kendall Hooper ’21, and Bella Whittaker ’20.

Whittaker had her own individual record-setting day. She rewrote the school 100 freestyle mark with a time of 53.62 for fifth place.  The sophomore also medaled, third place, in the 400-free relay with teammates Veronica Tis ’18, Lily Golladay ’20, and Anna Kidd ’19. 

The Sailors placed well in 10 of 11 events for a total of 183 points.  Finalists who also earned in the following events:
200 freestyle- Kidd, 11th
200 Individual Medley- Gwinn, 6th
50 Freestyle- Whittaker, 4th; Dunworth, 13th
100 Butterfly- Hooper, 8th
100 Freestyle- Kidd, 11th; Golladay, 16th
200 Freestyle Relay- Kidd, Gwinn, Tis, Golladay, 7th
100 Backstroke- Dunworth, 11th

Head Coach Darlene Rehmert adds, “We are proud of all of the swimmers who qualified for the National Catholic Championships.  We had more swimmers qualify this year than in years past and many of the swimmers achieved best times at the meet.  Congratulations to the finalists and to the swimmers who broke long-standing records.  This is the first time that a team record has been broken since 2015.  We are looking forward to finishing out the season strong at the IAAM Championship meet in two weeks.  Go Sailors!”

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