Swimming Saturday at the Ladue Early Season Invitational, the St. Francis Borgia Regional Lady Knights picked up some valuable experience.
“It’s always good for the girls to get a taste of great competition, both from the pool and from the deck,” Borgia Head Coach Diane Jones said.
Borgia placed 14th in the first big meet of the season, scoring 35 points.
Nerinx Hall won the team title with 608 points while Ladue was second at 291. Westminster Christian Academy placed third at 205 with Villa Duchesne (189.5) and Visitation Academy (169) rounding out the top five.
The next five consisted of Poplar Bluff (147), John Burroughs (139), Oakville (119), Jackson (118) and Hazelwood West (83).
Also finishing in front of Borgia were Hannibal (77.5), Lutheran St. Charles (48) and Hazelwood Central (40).
Finishing behind Borgia were Cape Notre Dame (28), Principia (17) and Saxony Lutheran (11).
“It’s a challenge in a meet like this to get points on the board,” said Jones.
Jones said she learned quite a bit about the team as well.
“As a coach, it’s nice to have a meet where you have enough time between events to really take notes and analyze what you see,” Jones said. “We have some great potential on the squad, and I look forward to watching these girls develop as swimmers and teammates.”
Isabella Rio placed seventh in the 200 freestyle in 2:12.18.
She was seventh in the 500 freestyle in 6:01.65.
“Isabel did a great job in the 200 free and 500 free, earning seventh-place medals in both races,” Jones said.
Borgia’s top 400 freestyle relay team of Evie Alferman, Elizabeth Simily, Diana Pfeiffer and Rio finished 13th in 4:29.06.
Alferman was 14th in the 100 freestyle in 1:05.07.
“Senior Evie Alferman earned points in her 100 free, as did the 400 freestyle relay team,” Jones said.
The 200 medley relay team of Corinne Schroeder, Simily, Rio and Alferman placed 18th in 2:17.78.
Alferman was 19th in the 50 freestyle in 29.36.
Simily placed 23rd in the 50 freestyle in 29.91.
Grace Fogarty was 23rd in the 25 freestyle in 15.87.
Lauren Hellebusch was 25th in the 25 freestyle in 16.34.
The Lady Knights placed 25th in the 200 freestyle relay with Pfeiffer, Lily Schmieder, Schroeder and Claire Birke swimming.
Borgia’s second 400 freestyle relay team of Anna Eckelkamp, Gabby Mattli, Emma Fogarty and Birke was 25th with a time of 5:01.22.
Schmieder tied for 26th in the 25 freestyle in 16.38.
Emma Fogarty placed 27th in the 500 freestyle in 7:44.33.
Claire Birke was 27th in the 50 freestyle in 31.02.
Eckelkamp placed 28th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:29.88.
Simily was 30th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:31.05.
Emma Fogarty was 32nd in the 200 freestyle in 2:47.78.
“Senior captain Emma Fogarty posted two high school career PRs in the 200 free and 500 free,” Jones said.
Schroeder placed 32nd in the 100 freestyle in 1:12.41.
Pfeiffer was 33rd in the 100 butterfly in 1:40.73.
Birke tied for 33rd in the 100 freestyle in 1:13.70.
Pfeiffer placed 34th in the 200 freestyle in 2:48.94.
Eckelkamp placed 36th in the 200 individual medley in 3:03.64.
Schmieder was 37th in the 200 freestyle in 2:57.09.
The second 200 medley relay team of Grace Fogarty, Schmieder, Mattli and Eckelkamp placed 40th in 2:37.06.
Brooke Hellebusch was 40th in the 25 freestyle in 18.52.
Schroeder ended 41st in the 100 backstroke in 1:29.67.
Schmieder swam to 45th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:42.02.
Mattli placed 47th in the 100 freestyle in 1:21.24.
Mattli was 48th in the 200 individual medley in 3:34.60.
Grace Fogarty was 50th in the 100 backstroke in 1:42.78. Lauren Hellebusch placed 51st in 1:46.67 and Brooke Hellebusch was 52nd in 2:06.81.
Grace Fogarty was 51st in the 100 breaststroke in 1:49.15.
Lauren Hellebusch tied for 52nd in the 50 freestyle in 37.74.