San Angelo ISD Athletics proudly hosted our 59th annual San Angelo Swimming and Diving Invitational last Friday and Saturday, October 28-29, 2022 at the Gus Clemens Aquatic Center at CHS, welcoming 15 teams and over 250 competitors, and highlighted by first place finishes for both CHS Boys and Girls Swimming and a new pool record.
“I am extremely proud of the way the Bobcat and Lady Cat swimmers performed this weekend. We had plenty of fast swims including a new pool record and new school record. Going into the weekend I was confident in our girls team’s chances, and they did not disappoint. They swam amazingly in each event. On the boys side we had our work cut out for us. Even if we swam perfectly, we might still not come out on top. The boys did just enough, and we got some help along the way to tie with El Paso Franklin for first," said CHS Head Swim Coach Matt McLaughlin, who is also an alumni of CHS and swam for the Bobcats.
Congratulations to our students and coaches on these top-placing finishes by CHS:
- Team totals, 1st Place finish by CHS
- 200-yard medley relay - 1st Place*, medley relay team: Elsa Reel (freshman), Camila Acevedo (junior), Whitney Edinburgh (senior) and Emma Watkins (junior) *setting a pool record of 1:51.62 for the Gus Clemens Aquatic Center
- 200 freestyle - 3rd Place: Emma Watkins (junior)
- 200 individual medley - 1st Place**: Elsa Reel (freshman) **resetting her own school record
- 50 freestyle - 2nd Place: Whitney Edinburgh (senior), 3rd Place: Paula Brame (junior)
- 100 butterfly - 1st Place: Whitney Edinburgh (senior), 2nd Place: Mallorie Manning (sophomore)
- 200 free relay - 1st Place, free relay team: Elsa Reel (freshman), Mallorie Manning (sophomore), Emma Watkins (junior), and Whitney Edinburg (senior)
- 100 backstroke - 1st Place: Elsa Reel, freshman 3rd Place: Zoey Moore (sophomore)
- 100 breaststroke - 2nd Place: Camila Acevedo (junior)
- 400 free relay - 3rd place, free relay team: Zoey Moore (sophomore), Salma Hernandez (junior), Paula Brame (junior) and Clara Cotton (junior)
- Team totals, 1st Place finish tie by CHS, tied with El Paso Franklin.
- 200 medley relay - 2nd Place, medley relay team: Tristan Thompson (junior), Aidan Morales (junior), Creed Thompson (senior) and Earl Childs (junior)
- 100 butterfly - 2nd Place: Creed Thompson (senior)
- 200 freestyle relay - 3rd Place, free relay team: Tristan Thompson (junior), Creed Thompson (senior), Aidan Morales (junior) and Earl Childs (junior)
- 100 backstroke - 3rd Place: Tristan Thompson (junior)
- 100 breaststroke - 3rd Place: Earl Childs (junior)
SAISD is proud to host the historic San Angelo Swimming and Diving Invitational and support UIL programs and celebrate our student athletes while benefiting the local economy. Visitors attending the swimming and diving invitational here in San Angelo may purchase goods and services from local businesses including eating and getting gas, which also means more money from sales tax for the community.
“As has been the case for many years, the San Angelo Swimming and Diving Invitational was a resounding success due to the hard work of our coaches and parents. The time and effort that is put in to make it a successful meet does not go unnoticed,” said SAISD Executive Director of Athletics Rodney Chant. “We look forward to watching the continued success of our Bobcat swimmers in the next several months!”
In it's 59th year, the invitational is traditionally held at the end of October, and an opportunity for our Bobcat Swimmers to compete in their hometown.
“The SA Invite is very special to our swimmers. It is always the last Friday and Saturday of October so it’s taken on a Halloween theme.Our facility gets packed with teams and spectators surrounding the pool. We play music during each event, and it really is a one of a kind experience as far as swim meets go. It is the one time a year that we get to compete in our home pool, so I do everything I can to make it a fun experience. Our invite also falls at the halfway point in our season, and it’s the first time where we really try to go fast. Our teams get to see where they are compared to last year, and it allows us to refocus on the remainder of the season," said Coach McLaughlin.
At SAISD, we celebrate all the ways our students are smart, and extend our congratulations to all of our Bobcat athletes who competed in the event showcasing their athletic “smartness”. The District also thanks the SAISD Athletic Department including CHS Difference Maker Coach McLaughlin and event volunteers, for working tirelessly to host the successful event, and the many dedicated volunteers including our CHS student trainers and swim parents.
Special thanks to Charles Bryce of the San Angelo Standard-Times for sharing photography from the event. To stay up-to-date on San Angelo ISD and our athletics programs, please visit the SAISD website at www.saisd.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.