Swim and Dive Participates at State Meet

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Kate Connors

Emily Ngo ’19 competes in the butterfly event.

Amy Ma, Reporter

The swim team showed great athleticism and team spirit at the 6A State Championship that took place Feb 16-17. Eleven swimmers qualified for this meet with three swimming individual events and four relays.

All three swimmers who qualified for individual events, including Matthew Lane ‘18, Ashlyn Carroll ‘18, and Kyanh Truong ‘21, were able to proceed onto finals the second day and finish high up in their heats. Truong swam the 50-yard freestyle, making it into the A final(top 8) and finished fifth, making her the fastest freshman in her event. Lane swam the 100-yard breastroke, finishing first in the B final(9-16) with a best time and broke the school record again. Carroll swam the 100-yard butterfly and finished sixth in the B final. The girls were able to make it into finals in both the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay and the boys were able to final in the 200-yard medley relay.

“In prelims [our relay] didn’t do that well but it was okay in the end,” Joshua Louie ‘20 said. “A couple days before we stopped training that hard and eventually we just got into the right mindset.”

Coach Matt McBrearty has consistently held practice early every morning, getting the swimmers prepared for this meet. All swimmers wanted to do everything they could to contribute to the team and finish off the season with best times. Those who didn’t make it to state showed up at the meet to support and cheer on their teammates.

“Our finals for the 200-medley relay was pretty good, we ended up second in our heat for B final but I feel like we could’ve been better in prelims,” Kyle Varozza ‘18 said.  “Both Round Rock and Westlake got into A final but we beat them both at regionals. I was swimming best times so I think I finished high school swimming well.”

The swim team was able to finish off their season smoothly after a successful state meet. The Warriors are known to have one of the best high school swim teams in the state, and will hopefully continue their legacy next year.

“Keep winning, we have the tradition of winning nine times in a row now at district, we don’t want that to end next year,” Varozza said.

For those who would like to tryout for the swim team next year, tryouts will take place May 30-31 at Waterloo. For more information, check out the team’s website.