Stokes breaks swimming record

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Photo via: Kenzie Hirt

The Baldwin boys and girls swim teams compete in the triple AAA division.

Kenzie Hirt, Staff Writer

Sophomore swimmer Evan Stokes broke a school record at the senior rec meet against Central and Oakland Catholic on Thursday.

Stokes swam his personal best in the 100-meter breaststroke and broke the school record with a time of 59.35 seconds. The previous record was 1:00:56, and had been set 29 years ago.

“It was pretty fun and I didn’t expect to break it,” Stokes said. 

Not only did the young swimmer break the school record, he also qualified for WPIALs and his new time puts him in the top ten in WPIAL this year. 

Going into the season, Stokes had set a goal to get close to the record, since his brother, 2021 grad Dylan Stokes, had broken the 50-meter freestyle record last year. 

Both the boys and girls teams lost Thursday’s meet. But senior diver Abbey Herrle stood out with her dives last night. She was three points away from breaking the school record. 

“It was bittersweet having our last home meet this year, especially being a senior,” senior Ava Jo Russin said.