Tigersharks finish fifth in Red River Shootout


Kristin McCasland

Junior Conor Diggs crashes through surface, chugging air, in Red River Shootout

The Tigersharks came in fifth out of 13 in the boys’ division while the girls came in fourth out of 14 at the Red River Shootout meet Nov. 8 in Frisco, Texas.

This meet presented the Tigersharks with stiff competition, yet coach Carl Auel was still pleased with his swimmers’ performance.

“Even though we came in fifth, we were the [top team from Texas],” Auel said. “We were without our divers and I thought that was a load of crap.”

Girls’ team captain Oralia Basurto has a hopeful outlook on the future.

“I think that we really well, considering the fact that it was against 6A and no region schools,” Basurto said. “We are a smaller team but I can tell we are getting better as a whole.”

In the meet, the boys’ and girls’ 200 medley relays came in fourth. Freshman Kristen Clayton came in fourth in the girls’ 100 breaststroke, and junior Conor Diggs came in fourth in the boys’. The girls’ 400 free relay also came in third.

Junior Tyler Snell also felt like the team did well all things considered.

“I think it went better than what we expected,” Snell said. “We lost a lot of seniors last year and going into the meet we weren’t really sure how we were going to do.”

The Tigersharks next meet is the TISCA meet here Nov. 21-22.