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Swimmers set records at District; advance to Region competition

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Soaring Through the Water With the motivation of his teammates on the sidelines, sophomore Collin Le bursts through the water aiming to beat the competition at the District 13-6A swim meet on the University of Texas campus. Le, who practiced every day for two hours, enjoyed swimming because it took his mind off from school. “I’m so proud of myself because I dropped some time off my swim,” Le said.

At the district swim meet Jan. 26, swimmers advanced to regionals by placing in the top six of their event and earned a medal by placing in the top three of their event. Three school records were also set.

“We had amazing performances, huge time drops, and last swims,” head coach Johnny Foss said.

Junior Thomas Shomper set a record with the fastest lead off a 50-yard backstroke split with a time of 23.88 seconds.

I’m proud of the teamwork and effort we put in.”

— Ian Frey

“My main goal was to beat my personal best,” Shomper said. “I’m proud of myself for being able to beat that.”

The boys 200 and 400 meter freestyle relays placed first.

“I’m proud of the teamwork and effort we put in,” junior Ian Frey said.

Regional preliminary races will be on Feb. 1 at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium with finals Feb. 2.

“We worked really hard and had a lot of fun,” junior Lorretta Bates said.


Here are the results:

– McNeil swimmers earned 51 new personal best swims.

– The following individuals advanced to the Regional Meet by finishing in the top six in their event:

  + Girls Medley Relay (Kayla Hess, Madison Kalina, Kaylie Pasquino, Rosie Trevino)

  + Boys Medley Relay (Shomper, Taeyoon Kim, Frey, Austine Do)

  + Cameron Katzman – 200 IM, 100 Backstroke

  + Fox Pope – 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle

  + Shomper – 100 Freestyle, 100 Backstroke

  + Allie Freeman – 500 Freestyle

  + Girls 200 Freestyle Relay (Bates, Hannah Garcia, Trevino, Freeman)

  + Boys 200 Freestyle Relay (Katzman, Frey, Mauri Trevino, Pope)

  + Kim – 100 Breaststroke

  + Boys 400 Freestyle Relay (Katzman, Shomper, Trevino, Pope)


– The following earned a trip to the medal stand by finishing in the top three:

  + Shomper – 100 Freestyle – 3rd Place

  + Katzman – 100 Backstroke – 3rd Place

  + Shomper – 100 Backstroke – 2nd Place

  + Katzman – 200 IM – 2nd Place

  + Pope – 50 Freestyle – 2nd Place

  + Pope – 100 Freestyle – 2nd Place

  + Boys 200 Freestyle Relay (Katzman, Frey, Trevino, Pope) – DISTRICT CHAMPIONS

 + Boys 400 Freestyle Relay (Katzman, Shomper, Trevino, Pope) – DISTRICT CHAMPIONS


– School records set:

  + Shomper – fastest lead off 50 yard backstroke split EVER – 23.88

  + Katzman – 200 IM – 1:51.55 (9 year old record)

  + Boys 400 Freestyle Relay (Katzman, Shomper, Trevino, Pope)