Last Saturday, the swim team completed in the district swimming meet. The girls finished 2nd behind Stratford, which got 2nd place at the 2014 state meet. Shelby Sparacino won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke,
and Riley Murray won the 100 freestyle. They joined Emily DeRouen and Charlotte Johansen to crush the other 6 teams at the meet and take the 200 freestyle relay title. Sparacino and senior Carly Thome teamed up with freshmen Gemini Chancoco and Kate Hartman to get 2nd in the medley relay. Hartman, Johansen, DeRouen and Murray got 2nd in the 400 freestyle relay as well. Individual 2nd place finishers were Hartman, 100 fly; DeRouen, 200 IM; and Sarah Kinzler in the 500 freestyle.
The boys also got 2nd in districts to a Stratford team that will make a run at a possible state title. Blake Grote, David Kvitna, Evan Murray, and Robbie Valdez got 2nd in the 200 medley and freestyle relays. Camp Priest, Kyle Crush, Andrew Green and Aaron O’Rielly got 2nd in the 400 freestyle relay. Kvitna won the 200 IM, and Blake Grote defended his 100 backstroke title. Blake also got 2nd in the 100 fly.
GHRS swim and dive will take 20 qualifying athletes to the regional meet this weekend. This district meet was the 2nd fastest 5A meet in the state of Texas, and Coach Zerber could not be more proud of how the team has come together and accepted the challenge to get faster. Many swimmers, including relays, are poised to make a run at the state championships. Good luck at Regionals!!