Tigersharks victorious at regionals


Photo by Kayleigh Moreland

Junior Cathryn Payne swims butterfly in the 200 individual medley.

Story by Kristin McCasland, online co-editor-in-chief

The Tigersharks completed their regional competition in Lewisville on Saturday. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams won first place overall, making this year the eighteenth consecutive win for the boys and the seventh consecutive win for the girls.

Swim prelims and the diving competition were held on Friday. Many swimmers earned spots in the finals and the divers finished their meet with top scores.

In the boys’ diving competition, junior Hunter Burt won first place with a score of 314.45 points. Freshman Dylan Rosser placed third, scoring 247.5 points. Sophomore Jacob Mitchmore placed third with 232.15 points.

Sophomore Courtney Lourens won first place in the girls’ diving competition with 259.45 points and junior Lauren Potter placed third with 233.5 points. Burt, Rosser, Lourens and Potter will all compete at the State diving meet.

“Before State, we all really need to focus on our takeoffs, that is something we have all struggled with being consistent on in every dive,” Potter said. “Other than that, the next two weeks we’ll be just running through our list and getting our dives as solid and as consistent as we can before State.

On Saturday, the final swimming competition began with Tigershark victories in the 200-yard medley relay.

The girls’ relay won first place with a time of 1:55.21, dropping two seconds from their prelim time. The boys’ relay also won first with a time of 1:38.88, four seconds faster than their prelim time. Both medley relays will compete at State.

“I was so excited because that’s the fastest medley relay we’ve swam all season,” junior backstroker Ohemaa Barnes said. “I’m so proud of everyone and I can’t wait for State.”

In the girls’ 200-yard freestyle, sophomore Abby Hill placed fifth with a time of 2:08.03. In the boys’ 200-yard freestyle, senior Tyler Snell placed second with a time of 1:47.23 and sophomore Giovanni Basurto-Ruiz placed fourth with a time of 1:55.02.

“During the 200, I was thinking about my race strategies that I had practiced all year and how much I wanted to beat Michael,” Snell said. “I was so full of adrenaline that I didn’t feel the pain until afterwards.”

All Lady Tigersharks competing in the 200-yard individual medley finished in the top eight. Sophomore Kristen Clayton placed second with a time of 2:18.73 and junior Cathryn Payne placed fifth with a time of 2:22.88. Junior Alex Jones and freshman Katelin Seidenschwartz placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

“I was so proud of the girls because they did awesome,” Clayton said. “Everyone tried their best.”

In the boys’ 200-yard individual medley, seniors Luke Calhoon and Conor Diggs placed third and fourth with times of 2:01.10 and 2:04.39, respectively.

In the girls’ 50-yard freestyle, senior Kristin McCasland placed third with a time of 25.89. Freshman Kaylee Norton finished seventh with a time of 26.92 and junior Linley Murdock finished eighth with a time of 27.26. All dropped significant time from Friday’s race.

In the boys’ 50 freestyle, the Tigersharks dominated the final heat. Senior Jacob Shaw placed second with a time of 22.29 and senior Zack Wolf placed fourth with a time of 22.59. Close behind were sophomore Casey Williams and junior Reid Porter who finished fifth and sixth, respectively.

In the girls’ 100-yard butterfly, McCasland placed second with a time of 1:00.74. Payne finished fourth with a time of 1:02.76. Norton and sophomore Lois LeFors finished fifth and sixth, respectively. In the boys’ 100-yard butterfly, Porter finished third with a time of 54.24.

Barnes placed fifth in the girls’ 100-yard freestyle. Although not in the top three, she is happy with her race.

“I’m really proud of what I’ve done so far this season,” Barnes said. “I’ve improved so much since the beginning of the year.”

In the boys’ 100-yard freestyle, Shaw, Wolf and Basurto-Ruiz placed third, fourth and fifth. Williams placed seventh.

In the 500-yard freestyle, both the Lady Tigersharks and the Tigersharks held their own. Sophomore Rachel Sizemore placed second with a time of 6:03.26 and junior Katie Dusek placed seventh. Snell also placed second with a time of 5:05.09 and Matt Francis finished eighth.

“I hurt my foot getting off the bus on Friday and at first, I didn’t think it would affect my swimming that bad,” Dusek said. “But whenever I tried to swim, I realized that it hurt pretty badly to kick and push off the walls. In [the 500], if you don’t get good speed off the walls, you’re going to go significantly slower, and that’s what happened to me.”

In the 200-yard freestyle relay, both the girls and boys finished in second place. The Lady Tigersharks’ final time was 1:43.86, only a second behind first place. The Tigersharks finished just tenths of a second behind first place with a time of 1:30.97.

In the girls’ 100-yard backstroke, Hill placed second with a time of 1:01.78. Barnes and Jones placed sixth and seventh, respectively. In the boys’ 100-yard backstroke, Calhoon also placed second with a time of 56.51.

“During the backstroke, I couldn’t really think at all.” Calhoon said. “I just knew I had to keep going fast. That’s the only thing I was focused on.”

In the girls’ 100-yard breaststroke, Clayton won first place with a time of 1:08.77 and Murdock finished fifth.

“I was so happy and excited after the breaststroke,” Clayton said. “I’m glad to be going to State again.”

In the boys’ 100-yard breaststroke, Dylan Gray also won first place with a time of 1:01.25. Diggs finished third with a time of 1:02.09. Both Clayton and Gray will swim breaststroke at State.

In the last event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, the Lady Tigersharks overcame the competition, dropping eleven seconds from their prelim time and winning first place with a time of 3:46.02. They will compete at State.

The boys’ 400 freestyle relay placed second, two seconds behind the first place winner with a time of 3:20.59.

“Overall, the team did excellent,” Coach Eric Vogan said. “We had a lot of great swims and personal bests and the relays were amazing to watch.”