Walk to State: Men's and Women's Swimming

Update: Congratulations to Jorge Zelina who placed 8th in 100 freestyle race and Macleary Moran who placed 7th in the 200 freestyle and 5th in the 500 freestyle races in the state swimming championships!

Road to State: The largest amount of CJ swimmers in the school's history will be taking to the pool this weekend for the state championship. The teams participated in the traditional Walk to State in the halls of CJ on Tuesday, February 21.

At the state competition, swimmers from both the men's and women's teams will participate in relay races, 200 medley and 200 freestyle respectively.

"The boys are Vincent Dang, Matthew Keaty, Phillip Hawthorn, Jorge Zelina and Jeff LaBianco is the alternate," shared head coach Kate Whistler. "For the girls, Macleary Moran, Brianna Gracey, Abby Arestides and Cayley Saunders are competing and Anna Kutter is the alternate."

Moran and Zelina, who represented CJ at the state championships last year, also qualified in individual events. Moran will race in the 200 and 500 freestyle races and Zelina will race in the 100 and 200 freestyle races.

"I'm feeling better than I was last year," Zelina noted. "I'm more excited that we have a relay going this year, that's the most exciting thing."

Moran agreed, "It's great to have so many people going this year."

Prior to state, the women's team won the sectional meet and the men's team finished 4th.

"Winning Sectionals was quite an accomplishment," Whistler said. "There are four sections running simultaneous meets at different locations. At our section, located at the Washington Township Rec Center, there were 13 teams including Carroll, Tipp City, Bellbrook, and Eaton. CJ topped all of those teams and defeated Carroll, who placed second, by almost 40 points."

Whistler continued, "All of the coaching staff is extremely proud of the effort these athletes put in and out of the pool this year. Their work paid off as this is the most successful year for CJ Swimming!"

Posted February 23, 2017