Tigers and Jaguars Dominate at Spike and Splash

November 2, 2018

The Jesuit High School Swim Team alongside the Academy of the Holy Names (AHN) Swim and Volleyball Teams dominated during the annual Spike and Splash fundraiser.

AHN’s Director of Athletics Mr. Kevin Vargas (Jesuit class of ’95) talked about the event and how it began.

“Spike and Splash has been going on for 12 years now, it got started (12 years ago) in honor of Mara Schultz who was at the time the swim coach at AHN and the girls wanted to do something for her while she was battling breast cancer. With October being breast cancer awareness month, Spike and Splash were first held in and currently occurs in early October. Unfortunately, a few years later in 2010, coach Schultz lost her battle with breast cancer but, Spike and Splash continue on as a tribute to her and others who are affected by breast cancer.”

As a fundraiser, Spike and Splash 2018 was extremely successful. Over $14,000 was raised by AHN/Jesuit bake sales, raffle tickets, silent auctions, and clothing sales. In previous years, all funds raised by Spike and Splash were donated to the Moffit Cancer Center. However, this year the funds were split between the Moffit Cancer Center and the Pediatric Cancer Foundation in memory of late AHN swimmer Cailin Cannela who lost her valiant battle against Osteosarcoma (bone cancer) around this time last year.

From an athletic standpoint, Jesuit and AHN performed exceptionally with both Junior Varsity and Varsity Volleyball Teams defeating their Tampa Catholic counterparts in three and five sets respectively. Although AHN’s Swimming and Diving Team was defeated by Plant High School’s girl swimmers, Jesuit responded with a decisive 119-57 victory against Plant’s boy swimmers.

Jesuit Swimming coach Bill Schaffer was asked about his thoughts on the team’s performance as they eye their second consecutive state title. He stated, “Swimming performed very well, we’re over halfway through the season now (we are) starting to have discussions with people who are gonna make the state-series lineup.” He continued on saying, “There is a bit more urgency, people are getting (in) better shape and better technique. The electricity of the night and swimming against a decent opponent certainly added to the ability of our performance.”

Spike and Splash its renowned for its fun and electric atmosphere. Many Jesuit/Academy of the Holy Names (AHN) students and parents that I spoke to were impressed with the event.

Jesuit senior Chris Ciganek shared his thoughts were on the atmosphere of Spike and Splash. “Spike and Splash was quite alive. (it was) Very energetic (there were) lots of enthusiastic fans and a great Jesuit turnout of all ten kids and it can only get better from here.”

Spike and Splash is a fantastic event that continues to bring our community together and supports a great cause.

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