The Bishop McDevitt High School swim team recently participated in the 81st National Catholic High School Swimming and Diving Championships held at Loyola University of Maryland. This was McDevitt’s first time attending. Top swimmers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., were represented at the meet. Competing against some of the best swimmers in the Mid-Atlantic region, Bishop McDevitt’s team had several athletes make it into finals.
Sophomore Josiah Lauver took second place in the 100 back, breaking the school record with a time of 51.36. Lauver also set new school records in the 50 Free (21.81) and the 200 Free (1:45.01) and was a member of the 200 Free and 200 Medley relays.
Senior Jenna Clancy also set a new McDevitt record in the 100 Free, taking 8th place with a time of 55.59. Jenna placed 12th in the 50 free and was a member of the girls’ Medley and Free relays.
The boys’ 200 Free relay team of Josiah Lauver, Max Blake, Mason Roadcap and Jonathan Mata claimed 6th place and broke yet another McDevitt record with a time of 1:29.60.
Other team members making it to finals (top 8) included: Boys 200 Medley Relay – Jonathan Mata, Zack Miller, Matt Yoffe and Josiah Lauver 7th place; Girls 500 Free – Claire Finnerty, 8th place; and Girls 200 Free Relay – Nicole Augustine, Claire Finnerty, Emily Dempsey and Jenna Clancy, 7th place.
Assistant coach Addie Lauver said, “I was very proud of the kids’ performance both in and out of the pool. They represented Bishop McDevitt in a very mature and positive manner. It was nice to be a part of an event where athletes are brought together through their faith.”