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Swim and Dive Emerges Victorious From District Meet

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  • Arching back, Namanh Truong ’26 starts off the 200-Yard-Medley Relay. Westwood Girls clutched first place in this event.

    Ivan Leong
  • Gliding ahead, Steven Ma ’25 pushes the breastroke leg of the 200-Yard-Medley Relay. Westwood Boys achieved first place, beating the Vandegrift Vipers back.

    Ivan Leong
  • Lined up for second place, Jaden Steen ’24, Zoe Loschke ’24, Abby Denison ’26, and Esha Ramanathan ’27 pose for a picture. The girls went a season’s best for the 400-Yard-Freestyle Relay.

    Ivan Leong
  • Smiling, Kevin Qian ’25 and Harrison Tater ’27 stand next to Vandegrift rival Aaron Gordon. The boys won second and third in the 200-Yard-Freestyle.

    Ivan Leong
  • Seeing the time displayed on the board, Nathan Chor ’25 slaps the water in excitement. He qualified for Regionals in the 500-Yard-Freestyle and the 100-Yard-Backstroke.

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On Thursday, Jan. 25, and Friday, Jan. 26, Swim and Dive competed in Districts at the Round Rock Natatorium. The boys garnered their fifth District Title while the girls achieved second place behind Vandegrift. Together, their overwhelming combined score put them on top of District 25.
“I think we did the best we could do,” Zoe Loschke ‘24 said. “You know, second place is not winning, but it’s so much better than what we did last year. We all really gave our all, and that was what we were gonna get.”
An immense improvement from the previous years, the girls were points away from obtaining a District Title. A big part of that reason were the divers — Jazzlyn Vaughan ‘26 and Katelyn Rowe ‘24 — who scored 14 points in total. On Thursday, for the first day of the meet, the divers competed with Vaughan swiping gold with a score of 435.10.
“They did all their diving and I think that helped us out,” Loschke said. “I’m just really happy to have them on the team.”
The relays — the events that yield the most points — were very successful for the Warriors. The Girls’ 200-yard-medley relay was made up of Namanh Truong ‘26, Leah Zhang ‘26, Sophia He ‘25, and Violet Hewett ‘25, and the 200-yard-freestyle relay was made up of He, Hewett, Truong, and Jaden Steen ‘24, with both extending huge leads to receive first place. The 400-yard-freestyle relay with Abby Denison ‘26, Esha Ramanathan ‘27, Zoe Loschke ‘24, and Steen followed with second place.
The Boys 200-yard-medley relay made up of Kevin Qian ‘25, Steven Ma ‘25, Raphael Wang ‘25, and Josh Lee ‘26 and the 200-yard-freestyle relay with Lee, Julian Rusk ‘27, Wang, and Harrison Tater ‘27 won consecutive golds. Qian, Tater, Rusk, and Ma in the 400-yard-freestyle relay snatched third place.
He sought first in the 200-yard-individual-medley and the 100-yard-butterfly, crushing her opposition. Truong won bronze in the 100-yard-butterfly. Wang and Ma rose ahead in the 200-yard-individual medley and the 100-yard-breaststroke, claiming first and second place respectively. Tater and Qian held second and third for the 100-yard-butterfly. Tater landed on the Warrior record board, brushing past Wang’s previous time of 51.80 and swimming an electrifying 51.74. Lee claimed silver in the 50-yard-freestyle.
“We’re gonna get it next year,” Loschke said. “I have full, complete faith in the swim team, and next year, [we’ll have a] girls’ district title.”
The Warriors will compete next at Regionals in San Antonio on Thursday, Feb. 9th.

 

Here is the list of Regional advancements:
Girls 200-Yard-Medley Relay: Namanh Truong ‘26, Leah Zhang ‘26, Sophia He ‘25, Violet Hewett ‘25
Boys 200-Yard-Medley Relay: Kevin Qian ‘25, Steven Ma ‘25, Raphael Wang ‘25, Josh Lee ‘26
Boys 200-Yard-Freestyle: Harrison Tater ‘27
Girls 200-Yard-Individual-Medley: Sophia He ‘25, Leah Zhang ‘25
Boys 200-Yard-Individual-Medley: Raphael Wang ‘25, Steven Ma ‘25
Girls 50-Yard-Freestyle: Namanh Truong ‘26
Boys 50-Yard-Freestyle: Josh Lee ‘26, Julian Rusk ‘27
Girls 100-Yard-Butterfly: Sophia He’ 25, Namanh Truong ‘26
Boys 100-Yard-Butterfly: Kevin Qian ‘25, Harrison Tater ‘27
Girls 100-Yard-Freestyle: Jaden Steen ‘24
Girls 500-Yard-Freestyle: Abby Denison ‘26
Boys 500-Yard-Freestyle: Nathan Chor ‘25
Girls 200-Yard-Freestyle Relay: Sophia He ‘25, Violet Hewett ‘25, Namanh Truong ‘26, Jaden Steen ‘24
Boys 200-Yard-Freestyle Relay: Josh Lee ‘26, Julian Rusk ‘27, Raphael Wang ‘25, Harrison Tater ‘27
Girls 100-Yard-Backstroke: Cate Palmer ‘27, Iris Wang ‘26
Boys 100-Yard-Backstroke: Kevin Qian ‘25, Nathan Chor ‘25
Boys 100-Yard-Breastroke: Raphael Wang ‘25, Steven Ma ‘25, Phoenix Mielcarek ‘25, Max Laine ‘27
Girls 400-Yard-Freestyle Relay: Abby Denison ‘26, Esha Ramanathan ‘27, Zoe Loschke ‘24, Jaden Steen ‘24
Boys 400-Yard-Freestyle Relay: Steven Ma ‘24, Harrison Tater ‘27, Kevin Qian ‘25, Julian Rusk ‘24
Diving: Jazzlyn Vaughan ‘26, Katelyn Rowe ‘24

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Because of writing, the spontaneity of ideas that pop into my head in the middle of the night has transformed me into a night owl. Throughout the late hours, I cultivate my obsession with period dramas, sports animes, and pictures of swim practice sunsets. Other hobbies include learning languages, lifeguarding, and sleeping!

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