2/10/2019 — Sixteen Bulldogs head to Austin later this week for the UIL 5A State Swimming and Diving Championship at the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
Fresh off winning the District and Region Championships, ten Lady Bulldogs will be competing on Friday and Saturday for the state team title, which they won in 2017. The girls will compete in nine individual swimming events, one diving event and all three relays, giving them several opportunities to score points.
The boys, made up of three seniors and three sophomores, will compete in two relays and five individual events, including the sole diving event.
“We are certainly in a position to do well, but there will be lots of tough competition” said Coach Kaminski. “The most important thing right now is to physically and mentally prepare ourselves for the best possible results. If we do that, good things will happen.”
Seniors Michael Bullock, Torsten Henze, Mason Machicek, and Kiley Moriarty are the upperclassmen on the trip. They are joined by four juniors and eight sophomores.
Salina Damas, Olivia Gonder, Madi Kohlmeyer, and Abby Portwood represent the junior class, while Liv Flores, Presley Heitzmann, Jett Livley, Noelle Marsh, McKinley Mouton, Gustavo Ott, Jada Shorter and Kailey Turner give the sophomore class a strong presence.
Click link below to get important information about the State Championship meet, including psych sheets, ticket information, schedule, maps and more.
State Info: www.uiltexas.org/swimming-diving/state/swimming-diving-state-meet-qualifiers-results
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DISTRICT AND REGION CHAMPIONSHIP RECAPS
“It’s been a busy month leading up to the championship season and through to where we are now,” said Coach Kaminski. “I’m very proud of how our team performed.”
Kaminski said winning the boys and girls district championship titles was an awesome win demonstrating team depth. That, he said, carried on to the region championship, where the girls were tops (in front of former 6A schools Montgomery and Friendswood), and the boys finished third — their strongest result in recent years.
“We have a lot kids who worked their tails off this year,” said Kaminski. “They swam best times and contributed to our district and region results. I’m proud of them. And many of them were freshmen and sophomores, who need to remember they are young and competing against older and more experienced swimmers.”
CONROE COURIER COVERAGE
Over the last two weeks, the Conroe Courier provided coverage of the district and region championships, including a story on athletes who were called up for the state meet (see links below). Call-ups are the next fastest eight swimmers and relay teams after the top-two automatic qualifiers from 5A regions across the state.
FEB. 4: Montgomery County has plethora of state meet call-ups
FEB. 2: Magnolia girls edge Montgomery, claim region title
JAN. 28: Chron’s girls athlete of the week: Olivia Gonder, Magnolia
JAN. 26: Magnolia wins pair of district titles in battle with Montgomery
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