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Regis Jesuit swimmers dive in at national swim competition


Regis Jesuit students Erik Biernat (left), Hennessey Stuart (center) and Christopher Dawson (right), enjoyed the opportunity to swim with the best swimmer from around the country at the Junior National Championships.

By Amy Shanahan; photo courtesy of the Dawson family

Three students from the Regis Jesuit swim team achieved record times in their various events and qualified to swim at the 2012 Winter Junior National Championships held in Knoxville, Tennessee in December. Juniors Christopher Dawson and Hennessey Stuart, and senior Erik Biernat, swam with the best swimmers under the age of 18 from around the country and the world.

This particular meet is attended by college swim coaches from throughout the country who use the opportunity to identify the top swimming talent. Close to 600 swimmers competed in the meet, and 24 of those swam in the finals, including Stuart, who won the 200-meter backstroke. Regis Jesuit has succeeded in leading the Class 5A swim league for the past 18 years.

Dawson, a resident of Castle Pines Village remarked, “The exposure to a huge national level meet like that, where everyone is incredibly talented, was amazing. The atmosphere is so incredible, and that alone is enough to get you to swim well!”



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