The Carroll swimming and diving team came up just short in its bid for a fourth consecutive state championship sweep this past weekend, but coach Kevin Murphy said he was quite pleased with this athletes’ efforts and said it was another great year for the Dragons program.
The boys team won a state championship for their fifth consecutive season and the girls finished second overall at the state meet, just one point behind Austin Westlake.
“The boys took care of their business,” Murphy said. “We thought we were the strongest team coming in, and we had a lot of good swims. We had a set of boys who swam on a relay (200 medley) with Johnny Roberts that one a state championship, and not one of those boys has ever swam at the state meet before.
“On the girls side, we felt that going into the finals it was a two-team race. The other team beat us out by about a tenth of a second, but it was exciting. No tears, and it was a very successful meet. Our girls did a great job.”
Jonathan Roberts won gold in the 500 freestyle event for the Dragons with a time of 4:16.90, setting a new state record in the event.
Roberts also won the 100 backstroke with a time of 48.65.
Teammate Connor Dobbs finished third in the 500 free with a time of 4:29.15, and Nate Hernandez won a bronze in the one-meter dive with 496.35 points.
The Carroll boys 200 medley relay team of Roberts, Austin Arkes, Gus Carau and Kris Kolde won Gold at the state meet, as well.
Emily Gibson took second place in the 200 yard IM with a time of 2:03.52 and won a silver in the 100 butterfly event with a time of 54.44.
The Carroll girls 400 yard freestyle relay team of Casey Rose, Rebecca Upton, Alexa Baran and Emily Gibson finished first with a time of 3:28.61.
Murphy said that he was very satisfied with the season as a whole and said that he is optimistic about his teams' chances next season.
“We're going to plant a lot of seeds this spring,” Murphy said. “We think we'll have a very strong boys team next year. We have kids that are waiting in the wings, and some good eighth graders coming up.
“On the girls side, we have some strong girls coming up, and we are going to have to cultivate a level of dedication and commitment that will give us a chance to go and fight some more. I think Westlake and Kingwood will both be strong girls teams next year, and we will see over the next 12 months if we can match up with them when the time comes.”