Mansfield Sports

February 10, 2014

Legacy, Mansfield sending swimmers on to state meet in Austin

Legacy pulled out second-place finishes for both the boys and girls teams, while Mansfield had three swimmers advance as individuals at the 5A level.

The Legacy swim and dive team had a strong showing at the regional meet this past weekend, as several individuals and relays qualified for state, and both the boys and girls finished second overall at the competition

Coach Tony Tullbane said his athletes had an excellent showing at region and said that his hopes are high for state,which will be held in two weeks in Austin.

“It was fantastic,” Tullbane said. “We finished runner up on both sides, and had several event winners. Madison Yelle won the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle. Haley Yelle won the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. The girls were second in the 400 freestyle relay, but were called up. And that's with Kendall Martinson and Hannah Pikey.

“Will Tullbane won the 100 fly and Nicholas Tullbane won the 100 backstroke. We also had our diver, Austin Spencer, who was second, and got called up.”

Will Tullbane said he was quite pleased with the effort at the regional meet.

“For the girls at state, Madison has been there before, so the goals for her are to go and swim a fast meet her senior year,” he said. “For Haley, it will be an opportunity to set the stage for her. For the boys, it's their first time, we want to go in where they are seated and try to move up a bit. The main objective for us is to compete.”

Tullbane said the meet definitely exceeded his expectations.

“The kids swam well,” he said. “We set the objective that we wanted to be second in both the boys and the girls, and try to push Byron Nelson, and we did, and it was just a very good meet. All of the kids held spots or moved up. A lot of records were broken.

“On the boys side, we broke everything but the 1,500 freestyle individual record. We also broke one of the records in the relay. On the girls side, several school records were broken and the 400 free record was broken.”

At the 5A region meet, Mansfield finished fourth on the boys side and sixth on the girls side overall, and coach Matthew Bold said it was also a strong effort from his team.

“I think we same great,” Bold said. “I think we swim in the fastest region in Texas, and the way we competed was fantastic.”

Mike Thibert swept the 100 and 200 freestyle events, just as he did in district for Mansfield, while Lauren Thompson was first in the 100 breaststroke and fourth in the 200 IM.

Sara McClendon finished third in the 500 freestyle and fifth in the 200 freestyle and diver Nick Miller finished third in the one-meter event.

“I think we exceeded expectations,” Bold said. “With the three we have going to state, the goal is to finish in the top three and try to medal in each event.”

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