St. Maria Goretti High School’s swim team closed the season by participating in the 51st Annual Washington Metropolitan Interscholastic Swimming & Diving Championships (METROS). METROS, held in February, was an opportunity for the eight Goretti swimmers who qualified to hold their own against world and nationally-recognized swimmers including U.S. Olympic medal winner Katie Ledecky who competed at the event.
During the METROS meet, Goretti senior Amanda Meinschein broke Goretti’s school record for the 500 yard freestyle with a time of 5:41.86. Goretti’s girls team also broke four other school records over the course of the 2014-15 season. Freshman Katie Manning holds the new school record for the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:06.34. While fellow freshman, and sister, Hanna Manning now holds the school records for the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:17.52 and the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 57.24. Additionally, Meinschein, Briana Whelan, and Katie and Hanna Manning hold the school record for the 200 yard medley relay with a time of 2:04.49.
Other season highlights include the team breaking a high school pool record at Shepherd University along with the group participating in the National Catholic Swimming and Diving Championship in January where Goretti’s head swim coach, Sue Brode, won the “Coach of the Meet” award.
Goretti’s swim team is the only high school swim team in Washington County.