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MAGNOLIA QUALIFY SEVERAL FOR STATE MEET

Magnolia qualify several for state meet

ROB TATE

Houston Chronicle | 2/3/2018

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A top-two performance this round of the UIL Swimming & Diving playoffs means a spot in the state meet in Austin come Feb. 16-17.

On Saturday at Michael D. Holland Aquatic Center on the campus of Magnolia High School for the Region VI-5A meet, dreams were achieved, others are getting another crack at the state meet while some had their season end in disappointment.

There was a little bit of everything.

Kingwood Park won both team titles with 451 points on the girls side and 462 points on the boys side.

Magnolia finished second in the girls meet with 338 points while Magnolia West was third at 247 points.

The top county finish for the boys was Magnolia in fourth with 336 points while Magnolia West followed in fifth with 176 points.

"Today overall was very good," Magnolia coach Jared Kaminski said. "They swam their tails off. You can't really ask for more than putting everything in the water. That's what we did today. I'm wishing a couple of our results were just a tenth of a second faster because we're hoping for call-ups."

The Lady Bulldogs, who are the defending Class 5A champions, qualified a girls relay team, two girls individuals and a boys swimmer before hearing about call-ups come Monday.

Magnolia West saw two relay teams and three individual swimmers make the state cut.

"Obviously we wanted to step up and better ourselves," Magnolia West coach Brad Radford said. "They did a great job. The girls were stepping on relays. That's what we expect moving on to state and try to better ourselves more."

And for Porter, history was made.

Senior Nolan Gerfers became the first Spartans boys swimmer in program history to make a state cut after winning the 100-yard breaststroke.

"It's a really big personal goal," Gerfers said shortly after receiving his gold medal. "I'm just really happy that it finally happen."

GONDER LEADS MAGNOLIA GIRLS BACK TO STATE

Magnolia sophomore Olivia Gonder had a big Saturday in the pool.

Gonder won a pair of gold medals in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke and was a part of a first-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley relay to start the morning.

"She was really solid today," Kaminski said. "She's still got some work to do, but she had a nice solid performance and that was what were looking for."

Gonder swam a time of 2:08.15 to win the 200-yard individual medley by exactly five seconds. Later she swam a time of 1:07.00 to win the 100-yard breaststroke.

Gonder, along with Savannah Schweinteck, Presley Heitzmann and Kiley Moriarty barely won by just under two... Click here to read full article

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