Coach recognized for Water Roos swimmers

Posted Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Linda Williams was recognized at the Sept. 12 Board meeting for coaching the Water Roos swim teams.

Williams, who is in her 23rd year with the District and her 33rd year of teaching, is a Career and Technology teacher at the WHS Ninth Grade Center.

Every summer for the past 17 years, she’s been a swim coach through the City of Weatherford’s Parks and Recreation department. Each summer, WISD students compete in swimming competitions held by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF). TAAF is a nonprofit organization established in 1925 to promote, organize and conduct amateur athletics in the state of Texas.

At the Region 4 competition, Tison 8th grade student Gabby Huggins qualified for the state meet in four events. At the state competition, she swam to a silver medal in the 50-yard backstroke and a bronze medal in the 50-yard freestyle. Huggins also placed 6th in the 100 individual medley and 8th in the 50-yard butterfly. She was named Weatherford’s Female Swimmer of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year by TAAF Region 4. Huggins is currently a nominee for TAAF’s Female State Athlete of the Year.

Ninth Grade Center students Dylan Wright, Travis Prince and John Russum also placed at the regional meet and qualified for the state competition.

At state, Prince took 4th in the 100-yard individual medley, 5th in the 50-yard backstroke and 7th in the 50-yard freestyle. Russum placed 21st in the 50-yard breaststroke.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team included Wright, Prince Russum and was a “nail-biting competition.” This swim team captured gold in the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay for 13-14 year-olds with a winning time of 1:47.43, followed by Lake Jackson (1:47.67) and McKinney (1:48.12) in the meet’s final event.

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