Challengers News · Year In Review (Swimming): New Athletes Take The Plunge


Some new faces from a variety of places took the plunge for the Cascade Christian Challengers swim team in 2018-19. On the boys roster, sophomores Donovan Ritchie, Elijah Snyder, Owen Harrington and Will Pierson joined mainstay Braedon Scaglione. Coach Otilia Sapienza noted throughout the year the continual steady progress the newcomers were making. At the state meet, Pierson, Harrington, Snyder and Scaglione combined to become the 200 Free relay team, and their performance at state trimmed two seconds off their performance at district.

Scaglione- who was a one man boy’s swimming team representative the year before, ended up with a podium finish of third place in the 100 breaststroke.

Some newcomers jumped in and made a splash on the girls side of the ledger as well. Joining veteran swimmers Hannah Smith and Katie Meadows were Ali Modrell, Mia Mayben and Jasmine Janbay. No matter the event, all comers made tremendous progress throughout the season. Modrell and Smith made the top ten in the 100 yard breaststroke at district; while Smith just missed the top ten in the 100 freestyle. Meadows, Mayben, Modrell and Janbay placed 7th out of 14 teams in the 200 medley relay at district.

Mayben is the only athlete who graduated this year. If the remainder stay in the fold, they should only continue to grow. Coach Sapienza expressed gratitude for the work ethic and dedication of her 2018-19 group.