Swimmers Open Season with Strong Showing

The women’s varsity swimming team narrowly lost to Walsingham in the opening meet of the season. The men’s team took fourth behind a strong Norfolk Christian squad.

Alex Hiser was a double winner, taking the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly in 105.42.

Catherine Kanter took second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 28.77 and won the 100 free in 1:05.7.  The 200 freestyle relay team of Alex Hiser, Megan Stracener, Wren Thomas, and Catherine Kanter won in 1:57.82. In the 100 breaststroke, Wren Thomas earned second in a time of 1:18.81.

The meet further showed what coaches Katherine LeMay and Cathy Wright thought might be a rebuilding year will be a competitive one for the Oaks swimmers. “Alex Hiser, a junior, Catherine Kanter, a senior, Hallsey Brandt, a senior, Wren Thomas, a sophomore, and Megan Stracener, a freshman,  are all returning this year and ready to make some serious waves in the pool.  When we put at least four of these ladies together in a relay, there will be no stopping them,” LeMay said.


“As for the boys,” she added, “we have Nick Rosenblum, a senior, Ryan Klavan, a senior, Andrew Stracener, a junior, and Jakob Gray, a sophomore,  also returning  and ready to be a powerhouse. ”

LeMay expects Norfolk Academy and Nansemond Suffolk Academy to be the team’s toughest opponents.  “We will need to have the desire to win and win big,” she added. “Swimmers will need to push themselves in the pool, not only during meetings, but also during practice. If they do this, there will be no stopping them”

Team Scores from Tuesday were:


Walsingham 447

Norfolk Collegiate 437

Norfolk Christian 358

Bishop Sullivan Catholic 211

Veritas Christian 168



Norfolk Christian 450

Walsingham 443

Bishop Sullivan Catholic 316

Norfolk Collegiate 268

Veritas Christian 108


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