It was a hot, crowded and long meet on Saturday at the Tomball I.S.D. Aquatic Center, but it didn’t stop the Lady Bulldogs from dominating the Tomball Kick-Off and the boys from taking a real shot at the top spot.
The girls took the team title by winning every swim event except the 50-yard free to earn more than 300 points over 6A’s Tomball Memorial, while the boys finished fourth behind the same Wildcats and Kingwood Park High School.
The meet, which was split with dive on Friday (see earlier story) and swim on Saturday, featured boys and girls from seventeen Houston-area high schools competing in the one-meter dive event, nine swim races and three relays. All swim events saw the number of competitors range from just under 50 to more than 110. Points were scored for the top 16 spots in each event, and the scoring doubled for the all-important relays.
“It was a long meet and a big one,” said Jared Kaminski, Head Coach, of the six-hour meet. “Our team did well. We can practice and we can have an intrasquad meet, but competing against other schools is important to getting our kids race-ready for when it matters.“
LADY BULLDOG DOMINANCE
Dominance for the Lady Bulldogs was most noticeable in the relays and the girls’ 100-yard free, and this was even with many girls not swimming all of their primary events.
Madi Kohlmeyer, Kailey Turner, Sarah Culberson, Presley Heitzmann and Salina Damas beat 108 swimmers to sweep the top-five spots in the 100-yard free. All of them were also part of Bulldog relay teams that not only won every relay, but also saw the B and C teams place in scoring positions, including the top two spots in the 400-yard relay (among 18).
Top point-getters for the Lady Bulldogs were seniors Madi Kohlmeyer (100-yard and 200-yard free) and Olivia Gonder (100-yard fly and 100-yard breast). Each won their two individual races and swam legs on two of the winning relays. Right behind them were a trio of girls who earned individual wins, plus top-four results in other events and were part of scoring relays. This included freshmen Claire Culberson (first in 500-yard free and third in 100-yard breast) and Sarah Culberson (first in 100-yard back and third in 100-yard free), plus junior and freestyle specialist Noelle Marsh, who placed first in the 200-yard individual medley and fourth in 100-yard back.
Juniors Jada Shorter, Kailey Turner and Presley Heitzmann along with senior Abby Portwood also stacked up big points for the team. Shorter finished second in the one-meter dive on Friday night, while Turner had two second-place finishes (100-yard and 200-yard free) and two strong legs on the winning 200-yard medley and 400-yard free relays. Heitzmann added to the points with a second place in the 100-yard breaststroke, a fourth in the 100-yard free and legs on two top-three relays. Portwood had a second and a third-place finish (200-yard individual medley and 100-yard fly) along with a leg on the third-place, 200-yard medley relay.
BOYS FINISH THIRD OVERALL
On the boys side, juniors Jett Lively and Gustavo Ott notched wins for the Bulldogs. Their points combined with solid performances throughout the roster placed the boys third overall and within 50 to 80 points of Tomball Memorial and Kingwood Park.
As reported in an earlier story, Lively won the one-meter dive Friday night by more than 70 points. Ott swam to a victory in the 200-yard individual medley and placed sixth in the 100-yard fly, plus was part of the Bulldogs’ scoring relays.
Joining Ott on both relays were sophomore Nathan Scott and juniors Cooper Waybright and McKinley Mouton, who placed third in the 100-yard breast despite a late start off the blocks.
The boys had strong showings in the relays, considering the tough competition. They placed third out of 15 teams in 400-yard free relay and fifth out of 29 teams in the 200-yard medley relay.
Adding to the point total in the high-scoring relays were juniors Tristan Lashbrook and Stephen Bullock, who were joined by freshmen Gabriel Lewis and Kolby Colin to place tenth in the 400-yard free relay.
Up next for the Bulldogs is the Magnolia I.S.D. Sprint Invite on Saturday Oct. 19, which will be co-hosted by the Bulldogs and Magnolia West High School at the Michael D. Holland Aquatic Center on campus.
Watch the team’s Shutterfly account for photos from the Tomball Invite.
Full results are posted in the Forms section on the Swim and Dive team site.
Thank you to all of our volunteer parents, who served as officials, timers, and provided support in other areas.
Claire Culberson (500-yard fee)
Sarah Culberson (100-yard back, 200-yard free relay, 200-yard medley relay)
Salina Damas (200-yard free relay)
Olivia Gonder (100-yard fly, 100-yard breast, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard free relay)
Madi Kohlmeyer (100-yard free, 200-yard free, 200-yard free relay, 400-yard free relay)
Jett Lively (one-meter dive)
Noelle Marsh (200-yard IM, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard free relay)
Gustavo Ott (200-yard IM)
Sierra Tice (200-yard free relay)
Kailey Turner (200-yard medley relay, 400-yard free relay)
Erica Field (400-yard free relay)
Liv Flores (400-yard free relay)
Presley Heitzmann (100-yard breaststroke, 400-yard free relay)
Abby Portwood (200-yd individual medley)
Jada Shorter (one-meter dive)
Sierra Tice (400-yard free relay)
Kailey Turner (100-yard free, 200-yard free)
Claire Culberson (100-yard breast)
Sarah Culberson (100-yard free)
Salina Damas (200-yard medley relay)
Erica Field (200-yard medley relay)
Presley Heitzmann (200-yard medley relay)
McKinley Mouton (100-yard breast, 400-yard free relay)
Gustavo Ott (400-yard free relay)
Abby Portwood (100-yard fly and 200-yard medley relay)
Nathan Scott (400-yard free relay)
Cooper Waybright (400-yard free relay)
Courtney Fults (500-yard free)
Presley Heitzmann (100-yard free)
Noelle Marsh (100-yard back)
Salina Damas (50-yard free, 100-yard free)
Isabelle Draiger (100-yard back)
McKinley Mouton (200-yard medley relay)
Gustavo Ott (200-yard medley relay)
Nathan Scott (200-yard medley relay)
Cooper Waybright (200-yard medley relay, 500-yard free)
Liv Flores (200-yard IM)
Sierra Tice (100-yard fly)
Gustavo Ott (100-yard fly)
Anneke Anderson (400-yard free relay)
Courtney Fults (400-yard free relay)
Kelsey Portwood (400-yard free relay)
Shauna Sanchez (400-yard free relay)
Madison Barber (one-meter dive)
Erica Field (100-yard back)
Courtney Fults (200-yard free)
Tristan Lashbrook (500-yard free)
Sara Bedolla (one-meter dive)
Dylan Gregg (100-yard free)
Haleigh Adams (400-yard free relay)
Valea Brauner (400-yard free relay)
Stephen Bullock (400-yard free relay)
Kolby Colin (400-yard free relay)
Claire Culberson (200-yard free relay)
Isabelle Draeger (200-yard free relay)
Tristan Lashbrook (400-yard free relay)
Gabriel Lewis (400-yard free relay)
Paige Moran (400-yard free relay)
Kelsey Portwood (200-yard free relay)
Booke Reinecke (200-yard free relay and 400-yard free relay)
Valea Brauner (200-yard free relay)
Isabelle Draeger (200-yard free)
Courtney Fults (200-yard free relay)
Tanner Howse (200-yard free)
Kelsey Portwood (100-yard breast)
Shauna Sanchez (200-yard free relay)
Sara Stinebaugh (200-yard free relay)