Tigersharks bring home first in meet

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Freshman Kaitlyn Rogers swims at the home meet.

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The Tigersharks swim and dive team took home the gold in a tri-meet with Newman Smith and Ranchview high schools on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Pinkerton Center at Texarkana College.

“I think the meet was successful. It was good to see the progress we have made so far,” senior Linley Murdock said. “It gave everybody on the team an opportunity to compete and it was exciting for us to compete as a whole team.”

Both boys and girls won the 200 medley relay, as well as the 200 and 400 freestyle relay.

“I felt our relays were okay. It’s just the start of the season and some of our stronger girls are missing,” junior Kristen Clayton said. “Ineligibility is what is hurting us right now. If we can get everyone in shape and in the right mindset, our relays should get better.”

The team also took multiple wins in the individual events.

“I think I did pretty well starting off,” senior Giovanni Basurto said. “I feel I need to work on certain things to reach my goals for further in the year. I hope to pursue faster times to get me ahead individually and as a team so we can reach state.”

Along with the swimmers, the divers also competed and took home the top places in the competition.

“This meet was a great meet for all of us,” senior Hunter Burt said. “It was good practice for our team to get ready for the rest of the season and for our new divers to see what a real meet is like.”

The Tigersharks will be traveling to Frisco, Texas for the Red River Shootout on Nov. 12.

“I think we are doing good for it being this early in the season, however there is always room for improvement,” senior Matt Francis said.  “We have upperclassmen taking leadership roles in the team and have swimmers giving 110 percent in everything they do, so I think this will be an exciting season.”