Warriors Swim in 30 Degree Weather at Round Rock Invitational Meet

Amy Ma, Reporter

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  • Matthew Lane ’18 from Boys A-Team swims the breaststroke for the 200 Medley Relay.

  • The team on the sidelines awaiting their team members races.

  • Nathan Early ’20 dives into the pool for the 200 meter Freestyle.

  • Nathan Early ’20 swims during the 200 meter Freestyle.

  • Jacob Stubbs ’18 swims the backstroke.

  • Sam Caro ‘18 swims the 50 meters towards the diving board.

  • Caleb Farris ’20 dives at the start of the 50 -meter freestyle.

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The swim team participated in the Round Rock Invitational meet on Saturday, Oct. 28. The Warriors took first place with the boys’ victory, and a surprising fourth place from the girls. Out of 21 teams, the Warriors were able to finish with great races from both the girls’ and boys’ teams. The swimmers were able to show their competitiveness despite the 30 degree weather and early start. Coach Matt McBrearty wasn’t expecting the scores to be as high as they were, as many swimmers were put in their off events, and the expected cold weather wasn’t going to help either.

“I thought the meet was fun, but it was way too cold,” Haley Betron ‘20 said. “I did not do as well as I wanted, partly because I couldn’t warm up.”

Although the girls’ scores were close throughout the whole meet, they placed fourth in the end after losing the last relay — the 4×100 freestyle relay. Because the points for the relays are worth more than those of the individual events, relays prove to be a valuable event. The Dragons’ girls team was a powerful opponent this year, having added many great swimmers to the team.

“The weather was pretty bad. It was so cold and getting out of the pool made it 10 times worse because of the wind,” Annie Bowers ‘19 said. “I was really impressed with [how] our guys team did. The points were really close the entire meet and they really managed to pull together the points for a final win. The girls were good but in the end the outcome wasn’t as good as we expected.”

The Warriors swam their best in this meet, with many trying to make TISCA, a meet that takes that only swimmers who qualified for with times fast enough will be able to participate in. This meet will take place in November, during the last week before Thanksgiving break. Since there are less meets this year, each swimmer had to train their best for the next meet — Aggieland — which will be their last chance to make TISCA.

“Despite 95% of our team losing their will to live, our team ended up doing great regardless of the 37 degree weather,” Somil Gupta ‘19 said. “Boys ended up coming home with first. I did fine on both events, but I know I can definitely do better. We’ll see if we can keep up this winning streak for our next meet in Aggieland.”

The Warriors are to prepare for their next meet in Aggieland, which will take place on Nov. 10.