With just over half of the swim season left in a wake, the Byron Nelson swim and dive team has already been setting new standards.
“Nine records out of 24 have already fallen,” said Nelson swim and dive coach Steve Melbourn. “It’s very encouraging.”
Melbourn said assaults on team-best times normally starts later in the season. “It’s a good sign for our postseason,” he said.
The coming postseason will the first for many Bobcats, as Melbourn said there are several freshmen making solid contributions. Among them are freshmen girls Molly Henson, Madeline Wilson and Natalie Kirk. Among them, they have already set five individual records, Melbourn said.
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There has also been a lot of improvement on the boys side. Adam Koster, junior Justin Frederick and sophomore Adrian Maher have been showing improvement.
“They’ve been training hard with the club teams and it’s showing,” Melbourn said.
Even the divers are to set new standards for Nelson. Stephen Gilliland, a senior, is looking to make his third consecutive trip to the state meet.
“We also have two girls, too, with club experience,” Melbourn said of his diving contingent. “We’re always looking to expand the program. We can take four divers to the district meet and we have three boys and two girls,” he said.
Nelson recently completed swim and dive dual with the Denton ISD teams and had great success.
“We beat everyone overall, but we were tied with Denton, with 10 event wins each,” Melbourn said. “It was neck-and-neck and shows the depth of our team.”
The Bobcats boast 48 swimmers and divers, the largest squad ever, Melbourn said.
The biggest test of the season is coming up at Class 5A TISCA invitational meet at The Colony on Friday and Saturday, a meet with both prelims and finals.
“They have tough time standards to get in,” Melbourn said. “It’s a good benchmark and since we’ll be 5A next year, we wanted to start now in competing with them. We just missed out in finaling last year, but I’m confident we should this year.”
After the weekend meet, Nelson will have a busy stretch with an encounter with the Mansfield ISD teams of Legacy and Lake Ridge. Lake Ridge finished second to Nelson at last year’s regional meet.
The Bobcats will also swim at the Class 4A TISCA meet after Christmas and will also have a dual with Keller before the district meet on Jan. 25.