Varsity Boys Swim Team Makes History

The Christ Church swim team competed in the 3A state championship meet.


A swimmer competing at a home meet earlier in the season. (Michael Stone/Staff)

On Saturday, October 11th, the CCES Boys Swim Team won the 3A State Championship held in Columbia, South Carolina. This is the first State Championship for the boys swim team, and the first time that a 1A school has won a 3A State Championship. Numerous records were set by various participants on both the boys and girls swim teams.

The boys team is coached by Matt Jacobsen and Park Owings. Senior Bryan Barker won the 100 Butterfly event. Junior Walker Leftwich set a school record in the 100 Backstroke event, and junior Jackson Kabas set a school record in the 200 Individual Medley event. Finally, the 200 Medley Relay group and 400 Freestyle relay group won their events while setting new records.

“Winning state felt really good.” Kabas, an avid year-around swimmer, described the meet, “It’s pretty exciting for a 1A school to win a 3A state championship.”

The girls swim team, also coached by Jacobsen and Owings, finished in 7 place at the 3A State Championship Meet. While doing so, several impressive records were set. Sophomore Sydney Baker won the 200 Freestyle event and the 100 Breaststroke event while setting new records in both events. Also, sophomore Maddie Baker won the 200 Individual Medley event while setting a new record.