2/18/2019 –– After winning the district and region championships, the Lady Bulldogs ended their season with a second-place finish at the UIL 5A State Championships in Austin on Saturday night at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. The boys fought hard to place sixteenth out of more than 50 teams.
The team of ten girls finished with 159 points behind district and region rival, Montgomery High School, who won the meet with 186 points. The Lady Bulldogs outscored all other teams with consistent scoring.
“Our team depth across several events, including all three relays, served us well in the girl’s competition,” said Coach Kaminski of the girls who placed 11th last year. “We had nine scoring positions in individual finals (top 16) and finished fourth in two relays and eighth in one.”
Senior Kiley Moriarty was joined by four juniors (Salina Damas, Olivia Gonder, Madi Kohlmeyer, and Abby Portwood), and five sophomores (Liv Flores, Presley Heitzmann, Noelle Marsh, Jada Shorter and Kailey Turner) for the two-day meet.
For the boys, seniors Michael Bullock, Torsten Henze, Mason Machicek were joined by sophomores Jett Livley, McKinley Mouton and Gustavo Ott to compete in two relays and five individual events.
Kaminski said the state meet can be overwhelming, noting the high-quality competition, the world-class facility (on the campus of the University of Texas) and the large crowd size.
“I am proud of the team. They competed hard, especially since for many it was their first experience competing at an event like this,” he said. “That will prepare them well for next year.”
3rd in the 100 Breast (Gonder)
4th in the 200 Medley Relay (Gonder, Heitzmann, Turner and Marsh)
4th in the 200 Free Relay (Marsh, Kohlmeyer, Turner and Moriarty)
5th in the 200 IM (Gonder)
5th in the 1-Meter Dive (Lively)
6th in the 100 Free (Marsh)
7th in the 100 Breast (Heitzmann)
7th in the 500 Free (Ott)
8th in the 50 Free (Marsh)
8th in the 400 Free Relay (Gonder, Moriarty, Turner and Kohlmeyer)
12th in the 1-Meter Dive (Shorter)
13th in the 200 Free (Machicek)
13th in the 200 IM (Ott)
14th in the 100 Fly (Henze)
14th in the 500 Free (Moriarty)
14th in the 200 Medley Relay (Ott, Machicek, Henze and Mouton)
15th in the 500 Free (Moriarty)
16th in the 200 IM (Heitzmann)