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December 2, 2013

Northwest swimmers dropping times

While competing in a tough district, the program is building momentum under its first-year head coach.

While some teams are stockpiling trophies in early meets, the Northwest swimmers are more focused on preparing a strong run at the district meet in late January.

First-year head coach Kristi Pottorff said her Texans are dropping seconds off their times each meet.

The District 4-5A meet is the big target, with the program looking to place in the top six spots to qualify for the regional meet. Last year, only the relays went on to the regional swim meet, and this year, Pottorff has set the goal to add at least two individuals to that list.

“It’s a good possibility,” Pottorff said of the additional qualifiers. “With the way they’ve been swimming this year, I feel confident we can do that.”

In a district with the likes of Keller and Carroll, the task is always challenging, but some of the Northwest swimmers are already making their season one worth taking note.

In addition to the boys medley relay dropping about five seconds off their time recently, Pottorff sees individuals making strides.

Brandon Langer, a junior 100m Butterfly specialist, took a mistake and turned it into a challenge.

“I had mistakenly written down his [target] time for a 59-second 100m time before the 5A TISCA meet,” Pottorff said. “And he dropped his time to 58, which is a pretty good jump,” Pottorff said.

The TISCA meet held at The Colony recently was a major event, with some 74 teams participating, including strong 4A teams, including Byron Nelson.

Although the Texans didn’t fare well at the meet, Pottorff said being able to qualify to participate at the meet was an achievement in itself.

Genivive Weaver, another Butterfly swimmer for Northwest, has also seen her 100m times drop each meet.

“The season has been going really, really well,” Pottorff said, “with the times dropping left and right. The kids are dedicated and hard-working.”

Weaver is one of just a few club team swimmers at Northwest, along with Beshir Dennis, which means many of the swimmers haven’t been in the pool as often as others until the season started.

“This is also a difficult time of the year,” Pottorff said, noting that holidays are always difficult in managing workouts and pool time.

“Swimming is a long season, going from August until February, and at this time of year, they don’t really see the end in sight,” Pottorff said.

Northwest did win their dual with Fossil Ridge and Richland, which should bode well for their district chances. They’ve also placed third or fourth at a few tri-meets and sixth overall in another 15-team meet.

“We’ve been hitting about the middle of the road,” Pottorff said, “but I think we’ll see us go up in the next few years.”

Northwest was swimming at Carroll on Tuesday, which is also the site of the district meet. The regionals meet in early February will be held at the Keller Natatorium.

• Byron Nelson placed fourth overall at the TISCA 5A meet, while setting 10 new school records at the 4A school.

After not sending any swimmers to the finals last year at the meet, the Bobcats turned things around.

They were paced by sophomore Adam Koster, junior Justin Frederick and freshman Adrian Maher.

Koster and Frederick combined with Daniel Sampognaro and Trey Stenger to take second in the 200 Free relay and then again with Maher and Seth Winstead for fourth in the 400 Free relay.

Girls who made the finals were freshmen Molly Henson and Madeline Wilson, junior Hannah Reckmeyer and senior Eva Koster. Those four combined in the 400 Free relay to shatter the school record by five seconds, while each achieving lifetime best splits.

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