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WPMQ Provides Swim Season Update

Photo courtesy of Melissa Stewart

WPMQ’s Micah Kaelin and Trey Brison spoke with representatives from the Charlestown swim team and have updates to share on how the Pirates’ season is going.

2019-2020 Season

  • “So far this year we have done well, better than expected because of the two exchange students. It helps when you have some experienced swimmers come in,” said Coach Richard Sawyer. 
  • This season has been difficult for the Swim Team because they have to take a 20 minute bus ride to/from practice, due to their pool being shut down/broken. 
  • “As far as last to this year our girls team is better, but our boys team lost a lot of good boys,” says Coach Sawyer. 


The Girls Team has swam in 4 meets so far, with two 4th place finishes. One was 4th out of 9 teams; the other was 4th out of 6 teams. 

The Boys Team has swam in 3 meets so far, with a 3rd place finish out of 6 teams.


  The Boys Team has only 4 swimmers but have been working really hard this season, giving 110% effort at practice. Also their team has been improving throughout the season!

The boys have had to work through a major setback at meets. Due to their small numbers, they don’t have enough boys to compete in every event. There are only enough boys for one relay team, compared to other school with two. “Despite their setback, they all continue to work hard, place well, improve their times, and keep good attitudes,” said swimmer Grace Adams. 


The Girls Team has been placing okay this season. Small numbers has been the only reason they haven’t won. “I’m really excited for conference. We’ve been working really hard and I have high hopes,” says swimmer Grace Adams. 

The Girls Team have gotten several new freshmen that have helped increase their numbers including Anika White, who has been a strong edition. Individually our points leaders, Grace Adams (11th grade), Tina Ylipaa (11th grade), and Kendra Grayson (10th) bring the most points for the team. These girls have placed high in their events all season. 


There are no seniors. There are 4 juniors: 2 girls, 2 guys. Every other swimmer is underclassmen. 

Question: What swimmer has stood out to you the most? 

Coach Sawyer said, “As you know swimming is a team sport and all the kids stand out and do their part to help win a meet. So I can’t say that anyone stands out more than any other. They have all done what is best for the team to get the win. All of them are working hard to improve.

What’s Next?

  • Girls’ MSC Championship is on 1/30/20. 
  • Boys’ MSC Championship on 1/30/20.
  • Girls’ Sectionals will be on Thursday 2-6- 20 and Saturday 2-8-20.
  • Boys’ Sectionals will be on Thursday 2-20-20 and Saturday 2-22-20. 

The swimmers have been practicing and are ready to take on their opponents. Coach Sawyer says, “As far as sectionals we have been doing a lot of sprints and swimming about 2 miles a day”.

Pirate Swimmers Sweep Rebels and Raiders

Charlestown High School Swimming hosted the Southwestern Rebels and South Ripley Raiders Tuesday evening at the Charlestown Middle School.  Notable Pirate and Lady Pirate finishes included:  Sam Tetrick  1st, Ryan Hayman 2nd, and Carley Shreve 4th in the 200 free;Chase Fellows 1st, Kaleigh Grayson 2nd, and Amelia Rodriguez 5th, in the 200 IM; Kennedy Jennings 4th, James Kaestner 4th, and Drashawn Marrow 5th in the 50 Free; Kaleigh Grayson 2nd in the 100 Fly; Madison Baker 1st, Carley Shreve 2nd, Langdon Beckart 2nd (personal best), James Kaestner 5th (personal best), in the 100 Free; Sam Tetrick 1st, Madison Baker 2nd, in the 100 back; Chase Fellows 1st, Ryan Haymon 2nd, Amelia Rodriguez 3rd (personal best), and Reagan Hebner 6th in the 100 Breastroke.

Nine Pirate Swimmers Post Personal Best Times

The Charlestown High School Boys and Girls Swim team traveled this past Saturday to compete in the annual North Harrison Invitational.  Both the boys & girls finished 5th overall at the meet, but posted personal best times by nine swimmers; including Sam Tetrick, Kaleigh Grayson, Karen Medina, Kelsey Burns, Paige Middleton, Jacob Jones, James Kaestner, Langdon Beckart, and Madison Baker.  Charlestown Girls highlight results include the girls medley finishing 3rd; Kaleigh Grayson finishing 2nd in the 200 IM and as well as 2nd in the 100 fly; Madison Baker finished 3rd in the 100 back, 2nd in the 400 free relay, and 6th in the 100 free; while Carly Shreve was 7th in the 200 and 100 free races respectfully.

Charlestown Boys highlight results include Sam Tetrick’s 2nd the 100 back and 4th in the 200 free; while Chase Fellows finished 2nd in the 100 breast, and 3rd in the 200 IM.

Pirate Swimming Finishes 5th at Conference Meet

The Charlestown Pirate Swim Team finished the Mid-Southern Conference Championship meet fifth Thursday evening at Charlestown MS; 42 points ahead of Silver Creek.  Corydon won conference scoring 291 points, followed by North Harrison (262), Salem (151), Scottsburg (118), and Charlestown (90).  Top individual Pirate finishers included Sam Tetrick’s 2nd in the 100 yard backstroke (1:09.41), and 10th in the 50 yard free (28.90); Chase Fellow’s 3rd in the 200 Individual Medley (2:30.81), and 3rd in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:13.37); and Ryan Haymon’s 8th in the 100 breaststroke (1:25.18).

Charlestown’s 200 yard free relay of Ryan Harmon, Chase Fellows, Mason Sweeney, and Sam Tetick finished 3rd in 1:57.02; and the 200 yard Medley Relay team of Sam Tetrick, Chase Fellows, Ryan Harmon, and Mason Sweeney finished 5th in 2:09.86.

Lady Pirates Finish 4th at Conference Meet

The Charlestown Lady Pirate Swim Team finished the Mid-Southern Conference Championship meet fourth Thursday evening at Salem; 14 points ahead of Salem and 42 points ahead of Silver Creek.  Corydon won conference scoring 311 points, followed by North Harrison (268.5), Scottsburg (209), and Charlestown (137).  Top ten individual Lady Pirate finishers included Kayleigh Grayson’s 2nd in the 100 yard butterfly (1:17.23), and 4th in the 200 yard Individual Medley (2:46.56); Carley Shreeve’s 4th in the 200 free (2:29.15), and 9th in the 50 yard free (31.53); Madison Baker’s 7th in the 100 backstroke (1:25.71) and 8th in the 50 yard free (31.39); Molly Sumner’s 7th in the 100 breaststroke (1:35.73) and 10th the 100 yard freestyle (1:15.42); and Jessica Sawyer’s 10th in the 100 breaststroke (1:40.81).

Charlestown’s 400 yard free relay of Carley Shreeve, Tayte Motsinger, Madison Baker, and Kayleigh Grayson finished 3rd in 4:58.44; the 200 yard Medley Relay team of Madison Baker, Molly Sumner, Kaleigh Grayson, and Tayte Motsinger finished 3rd in 2:25.88; and the 200 yard free relay Carley Shreeve, Katherine Garrett, Regan Hebner and Tayte Motsinger finished 6th in 2:26.69.

Congratulations to the Lady Pirates on improving on their 2015 5th place finish this year in the Conference Championship.

Pirate Swimmers Battle Salem

The Charlestown High School Boys and Girls Swim team hosted conference rival Salem Wednesday night at the Charlestown Middle School.  Charlestown, in its second meet of the season, fell to Salem 78-75 (girls final) and 70-27 (boys final) however won several events.  In a sport where number of event participants mean critical team points, both teams (especially the boys team), could use some more numbers.  Charlestown event winners versus Salem are as follows:  Girls 200 Medley Relay team (Madison Baker, Kaleigh Grayson, Molly Sumner, & Regan Hebner); Girls 200 Free (Carley Shreeve); Girls 200 Individual Medley (Kaleigh Grayson); Girls 100 Butterfly (Kaleigh Grayson); Girls 100 Free (Carley Shreeve); Boys 100 Backstroke (Sam Tetrick); Boys 100 Breaststroke (Chase Fellows); and the Girls 200 Freestroke Relay (Carley Shreeve, Allysa Weber, Molly Sumner, & Kaleigh Grayson).  The girls Swimming Pirates are back in action on Tuesday, December 8th at Jeffersonville High School; and both teams will travel to North Harrison on Saturday the 12th.