Boys and Girls Swimming

Fall 2017

Top Left to Right: Jillian Santiago, Katherine Pepe, Justin Resnick, Cogan Brooks, Callum Grobler, Blythe Brooks, Head Coach Alice Smithers

Bottom Left to Right: Cameron Ward, Emma Macri, Gabrielle Bennet, Shane DePalma, Giana Suraez, Arianna Romano


Day Date Opponent Site Time
Saturday Aug 19 Special Olympics/Start Clinic ESJ YMCA 8:30 A.M.
Saturday Aug 26 Phil “Boomer” Memorial Meet ESJ YMCA TBA
Wednesday Sept 6 Sarasota Invite ESJ YMCA TBA
Saturday Sept 9 Total Team Challenge St. Pete Relays Northshore 9:00 A.M.
Saturday Sept 23 ODA, Sarasota Christian, BCHS Arlington Park TBA
Wednesday Oct 4 Sarasota County Championships ESJ YMCA TBA
Saturday Oct 7 Tri-County Championships ESJ YMCA TBA
Saturday Oct 16-21 District 8 Championship Northshore 9:00
Saturday Oct. 23-28 Regional 3 Championships TBA 3:00
Saturday (As of 4/10/17) Nov11 State Championship Stuart-Mart TBA

*ESJ= Evelyn Sandler Jones YMCA pool

Potter Park (Behind Sarasota Square Mall)


Shane DePalma (9)

Gabrielle Bennete (9)

Giana Suarez (9)

Cameron Ward (9)

Blythe Brooks (10)

Callum Grobler (10)

Justin Resnick (11)

Emma Macri (12)

Cogan Brooks (12)

Katherine Pepe (12)

Jillian Santiago (12)

Season Highlights:

SWIMMING…Mooney state-qualifying swimmer brings home the bronze

Coach Alice Smithers and the “C-MOO Swim Crew” had a stellar season.  At the District Championship Meet, the team had several Top 3 finishers.  Senior Jillian Santiago defended her title from last year in the 200 freestyle by finishing 1st in that event and then took 2nd in the 100 freestyle.  Teammate and fellow senior Katherine Pepe was 2nd in the 100 breaststroke and 3rd in the 100 butterfly.  The relay team of Santiago, Pepe, freshman Cameron Ward and senior Cogan Brooks took 2nd in both the 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays at districts.  On the boy’s side, sophomore Callum Grobler (200 free and 100 breaststroke) and junior Justin Resnick (100 freestyle) also advanced to the Regional Championship meet.

At the 1A Region 3 Championships, Santiago claimed first place finishes in both of her individual events and earned herself an automatic bid to the State Championship.  The relay team of Brooks, Pepe, Santiago and Ward took 6th in the 200 Medley Relay and 5th in the 200 Freestyle Relay.  Katherine Pepe was also a Top 10 finisher in the Regional Meet in both of her individual events with a 7th in the 100 breaststroke and 10th in the 100 butterfly.

At the State Championship, Jillian claimed the bronze medal in the 200 freestyle at the High School State Swimming Championships on Saturday.  She took 3rd with a personal best time and her highest place finish of her high school swimming career.  She also finished 10th in the 100 freestyle.  Jillian has committed to attending and continuing her swimming career at James Madison University next fall.


Jillian Santiago with Coach Alice Smithers after her signing with Division 1 James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA) for swimming

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Head Coach: Alice Smithers

As a native of Cincinnati, Alice brings her life of swimming and coaching with her as she begins her 17th year as head coach of the cougars. Alice was World Swimmer of the Year in 1970 when she broke three world records in the 100 and 200 meter butterfly. She was a part of the U.S. National Team 4 X100 medley relay the set the world record in Osaka,Japan. Alice’s greatest accomplishment is her wonderful family which continues to grow. Alice’s husband, Bob, is a 1965 Mooney graduate. Their oldest son, Jason, is a flight engineer on the Pave Hawk helicopter with the U.S. Air Force.  He and his wife, Tibisay, have a beautiful five year old daughter, lasbel Fiona. Alice and Bob’s second son, Joshua and his wife, Natalie, are 1995 Mooney graduates. They have four amazing children, Jackson (2/12/02-4/27/05), Madison(12), Hope(8) and Trey(4). Alice’s very athletic daughter, Kristen, is a 1998 CMHS graduate, played basketball at Seminole Community College and Georgia Southern University. She graduated from University of Florida and is currently working for Marathon Health and Wellness.