Tigersharks take first in TISCA meet

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Photo by Auryeal Parker

Freshman Haley Wood competes in the breaststroke. The TISCA swim meet was held at Texarkana College on Nov. 19.

Story by Eleanor Schroeder, news editor

The Tigersharks got an impressive win at the Northeast Texas TISCA Championship on Nov. 19. Texas High hosted the meet with 26 different schools and 424 participants in attendance.

“It was bigger than any meet I’d ever been to, and certainly the biggest meet we had ever hosted in the past,” junior Will Norton said. “There were 5A and 6A schools, but everybody tried their hardest, and in the end, I think that is why we won. We couldn’t have made it happen without swimmers and divers though. Everybody gets credit for this one.”

The fact that 11 of the teams were classified higher than Texas High was initially threatening to the Tigersharks, but served as a source of pride for the swimmers and divers as they were able to win the meet.

“The TISCA swim meet was really stressful because we were competing against 6A schools that had a lot of fast swimmers,” senior Cathryn Paine said. “Even more pressure was added when we realized that there was a good chance of us not winning the meet, and I can’t remember the last time we had lost this specific swim meet. Overall I think the meet went well and everyone swam fast and I’m excited to see what the rest of the year has to hold for the team.”

The Tigersharks ended the meet with a total of 434 points, and Lady Tigersharks ended with 319 points. Both groups were successful in relays and individual events. Although they did not have the most top finishes, the team was able to win through an abundance of high positions.  

“This meet was definitely the best one we have had this year,” senior Matt Francis said. “All of our hard work is really starting to show, and I’m excited to see the things that come out of this team later in the season.”

The divers were also successful in their events, contributing to the team victory.

“I was shocked that we were able to pull out a first place win,” senior Linley Murdock said. “I think it was a great way to kick off our competitive season and it really boosted our team morale.”