TMI swimmers finish first at Palo Alto meet

TMI’s 200-yard medley relay team of Tamara Leifheit, Grace Metz, Elizabeth Holmes and Sarah McCafferty won first place in their event at the Palo Alto High School meet Dec. 13, breaking a six-year-old school record by six seconds.

The varsity girls swim team of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas won first place at the Palo Alto High School Invitational Meet, held Dec. 13 in the Aquatic Center at Palo Alto College. The team clinched the meet with 74 points, a 21-point lead over their closest competitor, Stevens High School.

Senior Sarah McCafferty, a state champion last season in the 100-meter butterfly, captured firsts in several events. In the women’s 200-yard individual medley, McCafferty came in first, and TMI freshman Tamara Leifheit placed third; and in the 100-yard butterfly, McCafferty finished first, while TMI sophomore Grace Metz took second.

The team of freshman Elizabeth Holmes, sophomore Grace Metz, Leifheit and McCafferty placed first in the women’s 200-yard medley relay while the team of Holmes, McCafferty, Metz, and Isabella McCafferty broke the 200-yard freestyle relay record.

Holmes also finished second in the 100-yard freestyle, and Metz took second in the 100-yard backstroke.

“Every swim and every swimmer counted,” said TMI Head Swim Coach Stephanie Barnes, who noted that many of her team member’s times were equal or close to those posted in last year’s regional and state championships.