GCISD swimming program features talent in the rough

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As the swimming season gets under way for Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage High School, coach Daniel Jau said there are question marks and bright spots for the program.

Jau said there is a lot of youth on this year's team, but the level of talent is impressive it is just of matter of getting it all developed.

“Things are looking great,” Jau said. “We have a very young team, and we're still getting down all of the fundamentals. We're looking forward to competition in mid-November, when we go to the Aggieland Invite at Texas A&M, and that will be good for us.”

The GCISD swim team competed in the Arlington ISD Invite on Oct. 5, and Jau said his team performed well.

“We did really well,” Jau said. “We did have about 30 kids missing for SAT, but our swimmers that participated competed well. The freshmen and sophomores really shined at the meet and swam hard.

“Then our upperclassmen performed well, also. My state swimmer from last year, Bridget Pacilio, won both of her events (200 IM and 100 Breaststroke).”

Jau said he has a couple of swimmers he expects to have strong seasons this year, including Madison Chao of Grapevine, whom Jau describes as a “star in the making,” and Clare Cushing, whom Jau said was a “really good, up and coming butterflyer.”

The Sprint Pentathlon is the next meet coming up for the program on Saturday, and Jau said he would like to see his swimmers push themselves a little harder each week.

“This meet helps me organize the relays,” Jau said. “This gets the kids in the mode of racing, or sprinting. It is probably the largest sprint meet in Texas. I'm crazy enough to host it, but it really helps us to see who the fastest swimmers are at this point.

“We are looking at mainly getting experience. We are such a young team. Most of our freshman have never been to a high school competition. I am looking forward them getting that experience in, contributing to the season and improving.”

The Sprint Pentathlon will start at 10:30 a.m. at the GCISD Natatorium.

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