Saints enjoy solid season

Published 9:53 pm Thursday, February 21, 2019

The Nansemond-Suffolk Academy swim team enjoyed a solid season culminating in statewide competition last weekend.

Coach Lauren Brooks and the NSA swim team just wrapped up a season which saw different levels of success. NSA sent 12 swimmers to the state meet.

Nic Psimas had a standout performance, breaking the school’s 50-freestyle record. His time of 21.94 surpassed Kevin Joseph’s record that was set 10 years ago. Also this season, he broke the 100-freestyle record. Psimas finished in the top eight in both of these events at the state meet. He finished seventh in the 50 free, and eighth in the 100 free.

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Psimas said that at the beginning of the season, he saw the times he had been swimming and knew the records were within reach.

“Goal-wise, I just wanted to get personal best times,” Psimas said. “I knew I had a chance when I looked at the boards earlier this season. I just really want to go out strong and have a good season.”

On the girls’ side, Emma Johnston finished up a very successful year as well. She qualified for the state meet in every event and made top 16 in the 200 and 500 free, dropping significant time in both events. Frances Hope and Braedon McCauley were the other two swimmers that qualified for states in the bonus 50 free, and Brooks said they did a good job as well.