St. Joseph's Academy


Swimmers Win Eighth Straight State Title

Posted On: 11/19/2018

The St. Joseph’s Academy swim team captured its eighth consecutive Division I-Class 5A state championship, scoring 349 points to finish ahead of Mandeville (237), Mount Carmel (235), Dominican (202) and Northshore (165). There were 22 teams in the LHSAA state swim meet held November 16 and 17 at the SPAR Aquatic Center in Sulphur.

Senior Kirby Black was the only individual champion for the team, winning the 100 backstroke in a personal-best time of 58.57. SJA also captured the 200 freestyle relay and finished second in the 400 freestyle relay. “I am so proud of my angels and how we performed,” Black said. “We really formed a bond this year, and it was shown in and out of the pool. We wanted to show all the other teams what it truly means to be an SJA angel, and we definitely accomplished this goal. Everyone cheered so loudly for our swimmers in the pool, and I could not be more grateful to be a part of this 8-Peat!”

Head coach Becca Gilbert said her swimmers’ performance in defense of their state title ranked among the best ever.

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“The girls were determined, focused and had great spirit,” Gilbert said. “On Friday, after prelims, we had a team-bonding field day that ended with an intense board game and dinner together. On Saturday morning, you could feel the excitement, and everyone was ready to go Loco for Ocho. These girls have worked hard all year, and their swims this weekend proved it. I am so happy for all of our Angels on a well-deserved state victory.”

Sophomore Amanda Andrews finished second in the 100 butterfly. “I knew we could do it,” she said of the championship. “All the team bonding and great relationships made this year have been incredible. We work hard in and out of the pool, and the hard work really pays off.” 

Senior Cameron Accardo said being part of such a talented team is an amazing feeling. “We all care for each other,” she said. “There is nothing like touching the wall after a race and looking at the stands and seeing your team going crazy and cheering for you. It is definitely going to be one of my greatest memories of my time at SJA.”

Freshman Anna Webre was part of the state champion 200 freestyle relay tea,. She said the experience far exceeded all expectations.“It was one of the most exciting experiences I have ever had,” she said. “The adrenaline you feel when you walk out to 30 girls in pink screaming for you is something that is unbelievably incredible. It means so much to me to say I swim for St. Joseph’s Academy and that we just won our eighth consecutive state championship. All I can say now is Go Angels!”

Results are as follows: 

200 Medley Relay: Kirby Black, Gabrielle Joffrion, Isabel Webre and CeCe Werth, 7th place

200 Freestyle: CeCe Werth, 4th place; Kirby Black, 5th place 

200 Individual Medley: Anna Webre, 7th place; Isabel Webre, 8th place; Kate Russell, 14th place; Camden Hull, 15th place

50 Freestyle: Julia Brinson, 3rd place; Amanda Andrews, 5th place; Claire Bass, 6th place 

100 Butterfly: Amanda Andrews, 2nd place; Cameron Accardo, 5th place, Isabel Webre, 6th place; Anna Webre, 9th place 

100 Freestyle: Gabrielle Joffrion, 4th place; Julia Brinson, 10th place; Claire Bass, 11th place 

200 Freestyle Relay: Julia Brinson, Claire Bass, Anna Webre and Amanda Andrews, 1st place 

100 Backstroke; Kirby Black, 1st place; Gabrielle Joffrion, 3rd place; Cameron Accardo, 7th place; Camden Hull, 16th place 

100 Breaststroke: Kate Russell, 11th place 

400 Freestyle Relay: Julia Brinson, Claire Bass, Kirby Black and Amanda Andrews, 2nd place

Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director
Photos courtesy of Amanda Andrews and Katherine Scully


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