9/30/2018 – The Lady Bulldogs’ first-place finish combined with the boys’ third-place gave the Swim & Dive Bulldogs first overall at the Tomball ISD Fall Kick-Off on Friday and Saturday.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs were several athletes placing in the top three. The team’s depth solidified the win with many swimmers and divers placing in the top 16 to score points. For individual performances, first-place scores 20 points, while sixteenth-place scores one point. For relays, the points double.
The two-day meet, which saw divers compete Friday night and swimmers on Saturday, brought more than ten high schools to the Tomball ISD Aquatic Center, including Tomball Memorial, Tomball High School, Kingwood Park (2018 girl’s 5A State champions), Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Houston Cypress Wood, Bryan High School, Huntsville High School and others.
“This was a great win to start the year,” said Coach Jared Kaminski, whose team travels next to Montgomery High School on Tuesday Oct. 9 for a dual meet before they co-host the Magnolia ISD Sprint Invitational with Magnolia West on Saturday Oct. 20.
DIVERS START IT FRIDAY
In a field of 15 divers, sophomore Jada Shorter had the top result with a win in the girls 1-meter dive. Shorter and a diver from Tomball Memorial tied for the win with 165.55 points each. Following Shorter for the Bulldogs was sophomore Megan McCabe, who finished eighth to score valuable team points.
On the boy’s side, sophomores Jett Lively and Ben Saucier, who has transitioned to the dive squad from swimming, finished second and six in the field of ten divers. Lively was a solid second, scoring 23 points ahead of the third-place finisher.
RELAYS SCORE BIG
Look no further than the relays for proof that high school swimming is a team sport. They are double the points, and the team and spectator excitement ratchets up to even higher levels when teams are lined up behind the starting blocks.
At this point in the season, coaches are looking at stroke and order combinations. As a result, they enter two or three relay squads in each event. That was the case Saturday, as the Bulldogs had multiple entries in all three relay events for boys and girls. The results were good.
In the first event of the day, the foursome of junior Olivia Gonder, sophomores Presley Heitzmann and Kailey Turner, and junior Madi Kohlmeyer started it off for the Lady Bulldogs with a seven-second win over Kingwood Park in the 200-yard medley relay event, which had 22 entries. Magnolia’s second team of junior Erica Field, sophomore Kelsey Portwood, and juniors Abby Portwood and Salina Damas finished a strong seventh.
Gonder, Turner and Kohlmeyer were joined by senior Kiley Moriarty to close the meet the way they started it. The girls delivered another dominating performance with a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Moriarty anchored the Lady Bulldog’s second-place squad in the 200-yard freestyle relay, which saw 21 teams competing for the win. She was joined by Heitzmann, who swam the breaststroke leg earlier in the winning medley relay, Damas and Abby Portwood.
Rebecca Mitcham, sophomore Tea Guidie, junior Courtney Fults and sophomore Liv Flores combined to score points with their tenth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
The boys also started the meet strong in the 200-yard medley relay, as sophomore Gustavo Ott, seniors Mason Machicek and Torsten Henze, and sophomore McKinley Mouton finished second. Finishing tenth among the 17 teams entered, were sophomore Stephen Bullock, junior Corbin Gietl, sophomore Cooper Waybright and senior Michael Bullock.
Ott, Mouton, Henze and Machicek were back together for the 400-yard freestyle, finishing a strong third to close the meet, which locked up the team’s third-place finish in the boys team competition.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, which featured eighteen entries, Michael Bullock and Cooper Waybright saw relay duty again, when they teamed up with freshman Nathan Scott and senior Lee Raborn to finish twelfth (just shy of a top-ten finish).
INDIVIDUAL RACES SHOW TEAM DEPTH
Due to a strong freshman class and a number of talented swimmers moving into the area over the summer, the team is deeper than last year. Couple this with the experienced veterans, and it is clear to see the team has a lot of potential to do well in the championship season.
The potential was obvious at the Tomball meet, and that’s even with some strong swimmers out with an injury or working back from one.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs were senior Kiley Moriarty, sophomore Kailey Turner, and juniors Madi Kohlmeyer and Olivia Gonder, who all had multiple first-place finishes in their individual events and/or relays. See below for a complete list of top-five finishes for the Bulldogs.
The Lady Bulldogs’ depth was on full display when Gonder, Turner and Abby Portwood went first, second and third in the 100-yard fly. The Bulldogs didn’t sweep the top spots in any other event, but they came close more than a few times.
Gonder and Heitzmann went one, two in the 100-yard breaststroke. In her 200-yard free win, Moriarty was followed by juniors Courtney Fults and Salina Damas, who placed fourth and sixth in the field of 21 girls. The Bulldogs came close to a sweep again in the 200-yard IM, when Turner and Heitzmann finished second and third. Kohlmeyer, who won the 100-yard free, and Erica Field teamed up to go third and fourth in the 100-yard backstroke in a deep field of 34 girls.
Sophomores Gustavo Ott and McKinley Mouton joined seniors Mason Machicek and Torsten Henze to deliver the best results for the boys. Machicek and Ott went second and third in the 200-yard IM. Not far behind the duo were Mouton and junior Corbin Gietl, taking the fifth and seventh-place spots.
Henze and Ott placed third and sixth in a very competitive and fast 100-yard fly. Machicek and Mouton also had third-place finishes with the senior doing it in the 100-yard backstroke and the sophomore in the 100-yard breaststroke.
THANK YOU VOLUNTEERS
Thank you to the parents who officiated, timed, took pictures and helped manage the delivery of the lunches. Your help and support makes these meets happen. Thank you! #ALLINMHS
BULLDOGS WITH TOP-FIVE FINISHES
Jada Shorter (So.): 1-meter dive
Kailey Turner (So.): 200-yd. med relay; 400-yd. free relay
Kiley Moriarty (Sr.): 200-yd. free; 400-yd. free relay
Madi Kohlmeyer (Jr.): 200-yd. med relay; 100-yd. free; 400-yd free relay
Olivia Gonder (Jr.): 200-yd. med relay; 100-yd. fly; 100-yd. breaststroke; 400-yd. free relay
Abby Portwood (Jr.): 200-yd. free relay
Courtney Fults (Jr.): 500-yd. free
Gustavo Ott (So.): 200-yd. med relay
Jett Lively (So.): 1-meter dive
Kailey Turner (So.): 200-yd. IM; 100-yd. fly
Kiley Moriarty (Sr.): 200-yd. free relay
Mason Machicek (Sr.): 200-yd. IM; 200-yd. medley relay
McKinley Mouton (So.): 200-yd. medley relay
Presley Heitzmann (So): 200-yd. free relay; 100-yd. breaststroke
Salina Damas (Jr.): 200-yd. free relay
Torsten Henze (Sr.): 200-yd. medley relay
Abby Portwood (Jr.): 100-yd. fly
Gustavo Ott (So.): 200-yd. IM; 400-yd. free relay
Madi Kohlmeyer (Jr.): 100-yd. back
Mason Machicek (Sr.) 100-yd. back, 400-yd. free relay
McKinley Mouton (So.): 100-yd. breaststroke; 400-yd. free relay
Torsten Henze (Sr.): 100-yd. fly; 400-yd. free relay
Cooper Waybright (So): 500-yd. free
Courtney Fults (Jr.): 200-yd. free
Erica Field (Jr.): 100-yd. back
Kiley Moriarty (Jr.): 100-yard free
Cooper Waybright (So.) 200-yd. free
Tristan Lashbrook (So): 500-yd. free
McKinley Mouton (So.): 200-yd. IM