10/21/2018 – The Lady Bulldogs take first and the boys fourth for a combined second-place finish at the Magnolia I.S.D. Fall Sprint Classic on Saturday at the Michael D. Holland Aquatic Center.
“Great dives and swims, and an awesome job today,” said Coach Kaminski, whose team will have a busy November with three meets before Thanksgiving.
The Bulldogs joined Magnolia West’s Mustangs to co-host the meet, which saw nearly 200 athletes from eight area high schools compete in the one-meter dive and the sprint events for the swimmers.
Visiting the campus to compete against the I.S.D. were teams from the Homeschool Christian Youth Association, St. Pius High School, Kingwood Park, Lake Creek, New Caney, and Porter.
SHORTER AND SAUCIER DIVE TO SECOND
The divers, led by Coach Lieber, started it off Saturday at 11:30 a.m. with the one-meter dive.
Sophomores Jada Shorter and Ben Saucier locked up the second-place spots for the Bulldogs, while fellow sophomore Megan McCabe finished fifth followed closely by junior Julia Giannotti in sixth.
RELAY STRENGTH AND DEPTH
On the swimming side, the girls’ relays continue to be strong this year with wins in the 200-yard medley and 200-yard free relays, while finishing second in the 400-yard free relay.
The Lady Bulldogs showed their depth by placing multiple teams in each of the three relay events and finishing well in all of them, including taking sixth in the 200-yard medley relay, tenth and fifteenth in the 200-yard medley relay, and then (in the final event of the day) fourth and seventh in the 400-yard free relay.
The boys also had multiple teams in each of the relays. Their best result was a third in the 200-yard free relay, where another Bulldog squad finished twelfth. The boys also finished fifth and tenth in the 200-yard free relay, and then fourth and seventh in the 400-yard free relay.
ELEVEN SWIMMERS PLACE IN THE TOP FIVE
In the individual events, where up to 40 swimmers competed in a race, the Bulldogs had 11 athletes place in the top five. Most of them did it in both of their individual events.
Junior Abby Portwood and sophomore Kailey Turner had the same placings in each of their races. Portwood finished second in both the 50-yard backstroke and 50-yard butterfly, while Turner took third in the 50-yard and the 100-yard free.
Also from the sophomore class scoring top-five points was Presley Heitzmann, who finished second by a slight margin in the 50-yard breaststroke and fifth in the 100-yard individual medley.
Juniors Olivia Gonder and Madi Kohlmeyer had wins. Gonder finished first in the 100-yard individual medley (with a 59.80 to break the one-minute mark for the first time) and then won again in the 50-yard butterfly, while Kohlmeyer showed her versatility by taking first in the 50-yard backstroke and fifth in the 50-yard butterfly.
Juniors Salina Damas, Erica Field, and Courtney Fults also had top-five finishes. Damas finished fourth in the 100-yard free, Field placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, and Fults third in the 200-yard free.
Senior Kiley Moriarty led the way for the upperclassmen with a win in the girls’ 200-yard free.
Fellow seniors Torsten Henze and Mason Machicek had the top finishes for the boys. Henze went second in the 50-yard butterfly and fourth in the 100-yard individual medley, while Machicek had a pair of fifths in the 100-yard and 200-yard free races.
Just outside the top five were McKinely Mouton, Courtney Fults, Joseph Mack and Gustavo Ott.
Mouton had a pair of sixths in the 50-yard breaststroke and 100-yard individual medley, while Fults finished sixth in the 50-yard backstroke. Mack finished a strong eighth in a deep and competitive 50-yard free, as did Ott in the longest race of the day, the 200-yard free. Ott also placed eight in the 100-yard individual medley.
Next up for the Bulldogs is The Woodlands Invite on Nov. 1 (Dive) and Nov. 3 (Swim). A few days later, the team will compete against Oak Ridge High School on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
BULLDOGS WITH TOP-FIVE FINISHES
Olivia Gonder: 100 I.M., 50 Fly
Madi Kohlmeyer: 50 Back
Kiley Moriarty: 200 Free
Girls’ 200-Yard Medley Relay: Kohlmeyer, Heitzmann, Gonder, and Moriarty
Girls’ 200-Yard Free Relay: Moriarty, Turner, Kohlmeyer, and Gonder
Presley Heitzmann: 50 Breast
Torsten Henze: 50 Fly
Abby Portwood: 50 Fly, 50 Back
Ben Saucier: one-meter dive
Jada Shorter: one-meter dive
Girls’ 400-Yard Free Relay: Damas, Heitzmann, Turner, and A. Portwood
Courtney Fults: 200 Free
Kailey Turner: 50 Free, 100 Free
Boys’ 200-Yard Free Relay: Machicek, Mouton, Ott and Henze
Salina Damas: 100 Free
Torsten Henze: 100 I.M.
Boy’s 400-Yard Free Relay: Waybright, Mack, Raborn and Gietl
Girl’s 400-Yard Free Relay: Field, Mitcham, Fults, and Flores
Erica Field: 50 Back
Presley Heitzmann: 100 I.M.
Madi Kohlmeyer: 50 Fly
Mason Machicek: 100 Free, 200 Free
Megan McCabe: one-meter dive