Josh Bannon Places First-Breaks Record at State Swim Meet
At the TAPPS DIV II state championship meet, senior Josh Bannon won first place, and is the new state record holder, in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 59.51. Bannon also placed second in the 200m individual medley race at 1:55.43 - also breaking a St. Michael’s school record. In the individual medley (IM) event, the swimmer covers the four swimming styles in the following order: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. The meet took place on Thursday, February 7, at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium in Mansfield, Texas, located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area.
“When I realized I had won and took the state title in the 100m breaststroke, it meant a lot to me, especially since the year before I had gotten disqualified in the 200 IM, and I was seeded first going into that event. So this state win meant that much more. And taking down the state record was the cherry on top,” Bannon said.
Bannon has been swimming competitively since he was eight year old. His training schedule typically includes practice twice a day, three to four days per week, from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. and again from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Bannon will pursue swimming at the collegiate level and recently committed to St. Bonaventure University (Division 1) in New York.
“I want to thank all of my teammates for a great and very fun season. I also want to give a big thanks to Coach Ella, who always supported me in anything I chose to do. Listening to her past experiences and stories about swimming and her life had a huge impact on me and my life going forward,” Bannon said.
Bannon’s next competition will be the American Short Course Championships at the University of Texas on March 6-7, 2019.