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Swim season ends on a high wave

Two swimmers go to state ending the season

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Student swims at a university pool.  After state the swim team ranked 15th.

Student swims at a university pool. After state the swim team ranked 15th.

Lela Hammons

Lela Hammons

Student swims at a university pool. After state the swim team ranked 15th.

by Natalie Ditsler, Staff Writer

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The girls’ and boys’ swim teams placed 7th and 11th at the Region 5-5A meet at Texas A&M. School records were set by junior Tanner Hartwick in 200 freestyle and sophomore Sarah Cano in 100 backstroke. Relay teams for both the boys and girls broke school records and placed in 4th and 6th. Both records were in the 400 freestyle relay.

“I really loved the energy that the team brought to the meet and the effort that everyone gave,” Cano said.

Girls’ relay for 400 free included junior Tanja Milanovic, senior Audrey De La Zerda and junior McKenzie Sumner. Swimming for the boys’ 400 free relay was junior Ricardo Vargas, Hartwick, sophomore Matthew Wheildon and sophomore Leon Ward.

“This season was without a doubt the most successful season we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Coach Sully said. “This is my eighth year. We’ll have an even more powerful team next year and we’re going to need it because we’re going up to 6A.”

Cano and Milanovic qualified for state at the University of Texas on February 19th. The girls placed 7th and 8th in the A-final. Both competed in the 200 IM setting personal bests. Milanovic re-set her own record and placed 12th in 500 freestyle.

“They’re both very talents and I’ve been proud of what they’ve been able to do,” Sully said. “They made it to prelims obviously but to swim at finals was just a cool experience.”

Cano set a school record in the 100 backstroke and placed 4th in state. The combined scores of the girls placed the Lion Swimming team as 15th overall.

“I’m glad to be in off season because it was a really long season, it always is,” Sully said. “It takes a long time to get through and a lot can happen. Injuries, and sickness and what not but every little storm we had, we handled really well and I’m really proud of what they were able to do this year.”

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