Josie Arbuckle Shatters Greenhill and SPC Swimming Records

Noah Piper

During the winter Southwestern Preparatory Conference (SPC) championship, junior Josie Arbuckle broke two school and conference swim records. Arbuckle swam a record time of 50.89 in the 100 freestyle and 23.01 in the 50 Freestyle.

The previous 50 freestyle record stood at 23.42 seconds set by Claire Brandt ’12.

The other record was set right before Arbuckle competed at the event. Sydney Smith, a swimmer from Kinkaid, set the girls 100 freestyle SPC record swimming it in 50.90. Arbuckle broke this record a little more than two hours later.

Arbuckle led the team to a fourth place finish in the SPC championship. Only 10 points separated first and fourth place, with Greenhill coming very close to winning it all.

“People see fourth place and don’t think much, but that does not say what we got,” said Monzingo. “I am extremely proud of these girls, they broke the 200 and 400 relays, and that was incredible.”

The coaching staff is incredibly proud of the whole team and Arbuckle’s accomplishments. “I am so proud, I feel like a mom she’s just such a lovely young lady,” said Monzingo.

Arbuckle is a junior captain of the Varsity Girls Swim Team and strives for everyone to feel comfortable and confident.

“I wanted to create an environment where freshman have the confidence to contribute to the team as much as possible,” said Arbuckle. “I wanted to have a comfortable atmosphere where they felt good and I could help them and the team as much as possible.”

Going into the season Arbuckle had one goal in mind which was to win SPC. To help her team she broke down what she needed to work on and worked on it constantly during practices.

“It was her goal to get her underwaters really fast,” said Monzingo. “And every day at practice she worked on them. She had a purpose and it helped all of her strokes…which helped her to break these records.”

Monzingo showed her high hopes for what Arbuckle and her teammates can achieve next year.

“I told her, ‘next year is your senior year and I want you to run the board. I want your name all the way down the record board,’” said Monzingo. “And she does have the ability to get her name on that record board in every single slot.”