Magnolia High School Athletics


Swim and Dive Team Repeat as District Champions


Team Press | 1/26/2020

PHOTO CREDIT: Michelle Waybright

1/26/2020 — The Bulldogs swim and dive team owned the pool at the UIL District 21 Championships on Friday and Saturday at the Tomball I.S.D. Aquatic Center.

The Bulldogs took the girls’ junior varsity team title, both the girls’ and boys’ varsity team titles, erased a 15-year-old diving school record, and earned female and male athlete of meet honors.

The Lady Bulldogs defeated last year’s 5A state team champions, Montgomery. They were followed in point order by Magnolia West, Tomball, Willis, Lake Creek and Huntsville.

The boys took their second straight district title by beating their I.S.D rival, Magnolia West, and finished ahead of Tomball, Montgomery, Lake Creek, Willis and Huntsville.

Coach Kaminski, who won the boy’s district coach of the year, was quoted in the Conroe Courier as saying he is hopeful the districts results bode well for the Bulldogs, as they prepare for the UIL Region 6 Championships this week at the Michael D. Holland Aquatic Center on campus. Prelims are on on Friday and finals on Saturday.


Junior Kailey Turner and senior Olivia Gonder were honored as co-female Athletes of the Meet on Saturday. They both won two individual events and were part of the winning 200-yard medley relay and the second-place 400-yard free relay. Turner took the 200-yard free and 100-yard butterfly, while Gonder won the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke.

Junior Noelle Marsh and freshman Sarah Culberson nearly had two wins each.

Marsh had a sprint battle with last year’s 5A state 100-yard champion, JoJo Daspit, in the 50-yard and 100-yard free events. She had a strong win over Daspit in the 50-yard free, but the Montgomery speedster bested Marsh in the 100-yard free by less than a half second.

Culberson easily won the 100-yard backstroke and finished second in a close battle with her upperclassmen teammate, Gonder, in the 200-yard individual medley.

On Friday, when the junior varsity swim and diving competitions were held, junior Jada Shorter dove to first place in the girl’s one meter dive and set a new school record of 401.35 to erase Hannah Duckett’s 15-year-old mark of 382.35 set in 2005.

Earning top-three finishes for the girls were freshman Claire Culberson, junior Presley Heitzmann, and senior Abby Portwood. Culberson placed second in the 500-yard free and third in the 100-yard breaststroke. Heitzmann placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke and third in the 200-yard individual medley, while Portwood finished third in the 100-yard butterfly.

Relays proved again to be a strong area for the Lady Bulldogs, as they won the 200-yard medley relay and placed second in the 200-yard free and 400-yard free relays.

Senior Erica Field led of the medley relay followed by Heitzmann (breast), Turner (fly) and Gonder (free) to win the event over Magnolia West. Heitzmann then joined seniors Abby Portwood, Madi Kholmeyer and Salina Damas to place second in the 200-yard free relay to Montgomery. It was another second again for the foursome of Gonder, Abby Portwood, Turner and Damas in the meet's final relay, the 400-yard free.


Juniors Gustavo Ott and McKinley Mouton joined Magnolia West’s Tristan Richert to co-share male Athlete of Meet. Ott took the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard free, while Mouton won the 50-yard free and the 100-yard breaststroke.

Both Bulldogs were part of winning relays. Ott (backstroke) and Mouton (breaststroke) joined sophomore Nathan Scott (butterfly) and freshman Dylan Gregg (freestyle) to win the 200-yard medley relay.

Mouton, who won every event he competed in, then joined fellow junior Cooper Waybright and freshmen Tanner Howse and Dylan Gregg, again, to win the 200-yard free relay.

In the final relay of the meet, Ott, Howse, Waybright and Scott teamed up to take second in the 400-free relay to earn valuable team points.

Scott and Waybright also had top-three individual results. Scott placed second in the 100-yard butterfly, while Waybright finished third in the 200-yard free.


Based on results posted on the MeetMobile app and published in the Conroe Courier, here are the Bulldogs’ top-eight, district finishers. As of writing, the official results have not been posted for the junior varsity or varsity meet.

Note that top-six placings in the diving and varsity swim meet (not junior varsity) automatically qualify for regions. Relay rosters are defined by Coach Kaminski and are subject to change right up until start.

First Place:
Sarah Culberson (100-yard back)
Olivia Gonder (200-yard IM and 100-yard breast)
Noelle Marsh (50-yard free)
McKinley Mouton (50-yard free and 100-yard breast)
Gustavo Ott (200-yard IM and 500-yard free)
Jada Shorter (one-meter dive)
Kailey Turner (200-yard free and 100-yard fly)
Girls’ 200-yard medley relay (Field, Heitzmann, Turner, Gonder)
Boys’ 200-yard medley relay (Ott, Mouton, Scott, Gregg)
Boys’s 200-yard free relay (Mouton, Howse, Waybright, Gregg)

Second Place:
Claire Culberson (500-yard free)
Sarah Culberson (200-yard IM)
Presley Heitzmann (100-yard breast)
Noelle Marsh (100-yard free)
Nathan Scott (100-yard fly)
Girls’ 200-yard free relay (Heitzmann, A. Portwood, Kohlmeyer, Damas)
Girls’ 400-yard free relay (Gonder, A. Portwood, Turner, Damas)
Boys’ 400-yard free relay (Ott, Howse, Waybright, Scott)

Third Place:
Claire Culberson (100-yard breast)
Presley Heitzmann (200-yard IM)
Abby Portwood (100-yard fly)
Cooper Waybright (200-yard free)

Fourth Place:
Erica Field (100-yard back)
Liv Flores (500-yard free)
Tanner Howse (200-yard free)
Abby Portwood (200-yard IM)

Fifth Place:
Madison Barber (one-meter dive)
Salina Damas (50-yard free)
Isabelle Draeger (100-yard back)
Dylan Gregg (200-yard IM)
Nathan Scott (200-yard free)
Cooper Waybright (500-yard free)

Sixth Place:
Salina Damas (100-yard free)
Isabelle Draeger (100-yard fly)
Dylan Gregg (100-yard breast)
Tanner Howse (500-yard free)
Kelsey Portwood (200-yard free and 100-yard breast)
Brooke Reinecke (500-yard free)

Seventh Place:
Evan Burgoon (100-yard back)
Liv Flores (100-yard back)
Madi Kohlmeyer (50-yard free)
Tristan Lashbrook 500-yard free)
Gabriel Lewis (200-yard IM and 100-yard fly)
Paige Moran (500-yard free)
Brooke Reinecke (200-yard free)
Briana Simon (one-meter dive)
Sierra Tice (100-yard free)

Eighth Place:
Anneke Anderson (100-yard fly)
Parker Hoffman (100-yard breast)
Madi Kohlmeyer (100-yard free)
Tristan Lashbrook (200-yard free)


As always, thank you to our volunteers and sponsors who continue to support us. See recognition of the following sponsors in the pool in the foyer and in the pool area:

- The Adventure Begins --- Comics, Games and More
- R Group Realtors, Joe Mark and Kimberley Robinson
- Loosey Goosey Massage
- Snipp Realty Group - Rebekah Snipp
- SpeedPro Magnolia