Our first meet was the Tiger Pentathlon, where our swimmers competed against one another in 5 events (100 Fly, 100 BK, 100 BR, 100 FR, and 200 IM). “Studs” of the Meet went to newcomers, Jana and Devlin for constantly fulfilling our philosophy to “Endeavor to Persevere.”
Our next two meets were back-to-back, with the Keller Timberview-Hebron-Belton Tri Meet on Friday night and the Belton Invitational on Saturday. This was a first great meet to see where our training was at as well as to race Friday and then get up and race again Saturday, a great preparation for Districts! Our “Studs” of the meet went to Noah Morrow and Adam Ames for the gentleman and Courtney Lamm, Alexandria Yarborough, and Maddie Finley for the ladies. They showed how to race fast on Friday and then get up and race fast again on Saturday.
Next we traveled to Lubbock to compete in the 2015 Fall Invitational. It was quite a long journey to get there but our girls finished 2nd overall and our boys finished 3rd overall. This was great practice for the Regional meet, where we have to travel a bit and learn how to fit the fatigue that comes from traveling. “Studs” of the Meet went to one of the ladies relays which included: Maddie Finley, Savannah Henry, Kelsey Johnson, and Maggie Murphy. “Studs” of the Meet for the gentleman went to Casey Starnes and John Kilpatrick for their phenomenal racing in the 100 BR.
The next meet on our schedule was supposed to be a Saturday morning duel meet with Highland Park. The weather unfortunately had other plans and Highland Park was unable to make the trip. We kept the meet as scheduled and had another meet between ourselves and used it as an opportunity to practice our racing skills and strategies. “Studs” of the Meet went to Emily Gaw for her major time drops and Noah Henry for breaking two school records.
Our first home duel meet was against A&M Consolidated. They have a really strong team in the 5A division and we had a great time putting our team against theres and battling it out! “Studs” of the Meet went to Mary-Catherine Clark and Maggie Murphy for their stand-out performances amongst the ladies and Chayton Wallace for his performance in both the 50 and 100 FR.
The next meet on our schedule was one that received quite a bit of attention due to its uniqueness. The 1st Annual Super Quad was established to be a mid-season meet where the previous State Champions would meet in a location situated along the route to Austin. This was also an opportunity for our team to go against the best in the State, which is a place that we have our sites set on. Southlake Carroll, Austin Westlake, and Austin Vandegrift traveled to the Roy and Jean Potts Belton Swim Center for a “monumental showdown in Central Texas” (quote taken from an article on SwimSwam). Some of the fastest times seen this season happened at this meet and we look forward to hosting it annually. Our “Studs” of the Meet went to the winners of the 100 Backstroke, which happened to be brother and sister duo Savannah Henry and Noah Henry. Both went out and went season best times to win their events against some of the toughest swimmers in the State.
Our next meet was another first for our area. This meet Coach Henry actually started when he was coaching in Grapevine and is designed to be a meet for swimmers who are not quite at the time qualifications for the TISCA Meet. It was a great first run at the meet and we look forward to having it annually to provide swimmers with the opportunity to have a mid-season shave who might not have had one in the past.
The TISCA Meet in Lewisville was our next travel meet for those that made the time qualifications. During the Prelims portion of the meet, there were 5 school records broken and almost every swim was a personal best. The records broken during Prelims were then broken again during Finals. We couldn’t have been more proud of the swimmers who stepped up and raced some of the fastest swimmers in the State. That is the true definition of being “Tiger Tough”. “Studs” of the Meet went to Savannah Henry and Maggie Murphy for the ladies. Both girls went lifetime bests and broke school records in both individual events as well as in a relay. For the gentleman, we selected Matthew Phillips and Noah Morrow for stepping up in challenging situations and going best times. Attawaytogo!!
We then went into the Thanksgiving holiday where we had great attendance and some seriously great training sessions! Following the holiday we had a duel against Bryan High School, another tough team. Our “Studs” of the Meet went to Emily Gaw for breaking :30 not once, not twice, but three times! For the gentleman we selected Troy Morrow and Caleb Ferguson for their personal best times in everything that they swam.
We next hosted the “Belton End of Year Invitational”. The format for this meet is a bit more brutal than most. Prelims are in the morning session and then the top 16 in each event come back in the evening to battle it out in Finals. This format requires a good amount of training and the ability to be able to race in the morning and come back and race again, the goal being to go faster, in Finals. Both our Girls and Boys team finished in First Place! “Studs” of the Meet went to Kaci Moore, Alexandra Sottosanti, and Casey Starnes for their “eyeball to eyeball” racing.
Coach Myers next traveled with those qualified to the Mansfield Invitational while Coach Henry attended the Junior Nationals Meet with Noah Henry. This was a meet with great successes last year and we looked forward to recreating the same magic this year. We ended up breaking several school records and having many of our swimmers on the podiums for their individual events. “Studs” of the Meet went to Kelsey Johnson for her win in the 100 FR and her 2nd place finish in the 100 BR as well as for her impressive swims in the 200 and 400 FR Relays. For the gentleman, we went with the Morrow Twins, for their commitment in traveling after Prelims to see their mom walk the stage to get her Masters and then traveling back to Mansfield to swim Finals.
Our first meet of 2016 was the “Belton New Year Invitational”. This was our last meet to see where we stood going in to Districts as well as an opportunity to see exactly what events we wanted each swimmer to be in for the District Meet. We had a great turn out and some really great racing! “Studs” of the Meet went to Maddie Finley and Landry Agee for the ladies and Bryce Ferguson and John Kilpatrick for the gentleman. All of the “Studs” were selected based on their racing skills and pure “Tiger Toughness”.
Districts 2016 is now upon us and we couldn’t be more excited! We have home pool advantage this year and we plan on defending our house and our reigning title of District Champions! For anyone wanting to come out and cheer on our Tigers, Prelims will start at 2 PM on Friday the 22nd and Finals will start at 2 PM on Saturday the 23rd. We hope to see everyone out there cheering for our Tiger Swimmers!!