Savannah Swim Team’s Hendrix and Mataxas Make Commitments

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Jacqueline Hendrix and John Mataxas have each announced their commitments to swim in college next year. Both swim under head coach Joe Witt at Savannah Swim Team. Hendrix will head to Pitt, while Mataxas will join Cincinnati.

Jacqueline Hendrix

Pitt_w_Hendrix“My coach told me to look for a place outside of my comfort zone that would challenge me academically, athletically, and that would allow me to grow as a person. When I made the trip to Pitt, I knew that I found that place! I’m excited to be a Panther for the next 4 years!”

Jacqueline Hendrix of the Savannah Swim Team has given her commitment to the University of Pittsburgh. A senior at Savannah Country Day School in Savannah, Georgia, Hendrix is a NCSA Junior Nationals qualifier and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American. Her coach, Joe Witt, told SwimSwam, “Jacqueline has really blossomed over the past year. She was a summer-league swimmer until the age of 12 when she joined the Savannah Swim Team. This past year she has really started to hit her stride in the pool.”

Hendrix’s best events are the 100 and 200 butterfly, but she has shown potential in the sprint freestyles and breaststroke as well. At the 2015 GHSA 1-5A State Swimming & Diving Meet, Hendrix finished ninth in both the 100 fly and 100 breast. Hendrix ended the 2015 long course season with strong performances at the Georgia Long Course Senior State Meet, including A-final swims in the 50 fly and 200/400 medley relays, B-finals in the 100/200 fly and C-finals in the 50 breast. Her top times are:

50 fly 26.29 29.00
100 fly 57.42 1:03.95
200 fly 2:06.38 2:26.96
100 breast 1:07.48 1:17.83
50 free 24.83 28.22
100 free 53.91 1:02.04

John Mataxas

Cincinnati_m_Mataxas“I wanted to be a part of a close-knit team with a common goal of success. I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to join such a motivated group of guys at UC.”

Savannah Swim Team’s John Mataxas has given his commitment to the University of Cincinnati next fall. Mataxas is a senior at Jenkins High School in Savannah, Georgia. He is a versatile swimmer, but will likely specialize in the middle freestyle and butterfly events. Mataxas placed fourth in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 fly at the 2015 GHSA 1-5A State Swimming & Diving Meet. In long course season, he was crowned champion for his age group in both the 100m free and 200m free at the 2015 NASA Junior National Cup, and earned Winter Juniors time standards in the 200 free and 100/200 fly. “John didn’t start swimming until he was 11 years old, so he’s still new to the sport. I think he still has a tremendous amount of growth potential, and a quality program like UC is the perfect platform for him to succeed”, says head coach of the Savannah Swim Team, Joe Witt.

Mataxas’ best times are:

50 free 21.14 24.67
100 free 46.35 53.17
200 free 1:39.09 1:56.53
500/400 4:34.12 4:13.3
1000/800 9:42.57
100 fly 49.51 57.48
200 fly 1:52.53 2:11.08


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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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