Shane Williams ‘19 raced to two individual sprint titles and anchored two critical relay results to lead St. Thomas to a commanding championship at the 2019 TAPPS Division I East Region Swim Meet.

The Eagles leveraged quality depth in a convincing series of performances at the University of Houston to produce their fourth regional title in six years.  The 144 points emphatically outpaced St. John XXIII (98), Awty International (84), The Village School (83), Tomball Concordia Lutheran (29), Beaumont Kelly Catholic (20) and St. Pius X (16).

Williams (49.27) paired with Sebastian Ortiz ‘20 (50.77) to rack a 1-2 finish in the 100 yard Freestyle and then parlayed another 1-2 in the 50 Freestyle with Gabriel Lenz ‘19.

Williams, Lenz and Ortiz combined with Dylan Michaels ‘21 to blister the 400 Freestyle Relay in 1:42.28.

Michaels (1:52.67) and Ortiz (1:53.48) took 3-4 in the 200 Freestyle, and teamed with Josh McLean ‘22 and Hunter Nguyen ‘19 in capturing the 200 Freestyle Relay (1:33.50).

Michaels streaked to second in the 500 Freestyle (5:09.76) followed by Ethan Armenta ‘20 in third (5:30.90), Isaac Wolf ‘20 fifth (5:48.53) and Aiden Brelinsky ‘20 sixth (5:59.23).

Williams, Nguyen, Lenz and Patrick Pham ‘21 piled valuable second-place points in the 200 Medley Relay (1:42.28) while Lenz (57.23) and Pham (59.67) added third and sixth-place finishes in the 100 Butterfly.

Other notable contributions include …

  • McLean fifth (2:14.97) in the 200 IM
  • Nguyen fifth (1:05.47), McLean sixth (1:07.46), Aleksei Silvestre ’21 eighth (1:10.06) and Griffin Gregory ’21 (1:11.59) ninth in the 100 Breaststroke
  • Pham sixth (1:04.38), Carrick Brogan ‘22 seventh (1:04.89), Dylan Sandrock ’22 ninth (1:08.19) and Charlie Ramirez ’21 (1:10.87) 11th in the 100 Backstroke
  • Ethan Armenta ‘20 ninth (2:00.99) and Patrick Greaney ‘21 10th (2:01.34) in the 200 Freestyle
  • Silvestre eighth (2:27.53), Brelinsky ninth (2:30.48) and Anthony Herger ‘21 10th (2:41.89) in the 200 IM
  • Greaney eighth (1:01.03) and Ramirez 11th (1:04.62) in the 100 Butterfly
  • Tuscan Savarino ‘19 ninth (55:12) in the 100 Freestyle

The Eagle qualifiers advance to the TAPPS Division I Swim Championships February 8 at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium and appear primed for a compelling encore to the dominate 2018 second-place result that matched the best showing in program history.

Eagle Fight Never Dies!