Barracudas’ state appearance garners number of awards

08/04/2014 11:13 AM

08/04/2014 11:14 AM

The City of Keller Barracudas Swim Team sent 24 swimmers to last weekend’s Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) State Summer Games in Bryan-College Station.

With a number of sports participating in the games from swimming to tennis and skateboarding to track and field, TAAF organizers touted the opportunity for athletes and spectators to experience the premier athletic facilities in Bryan-College Station. Athletes competed at Texas A&M University Blue Bell Park, Mitchell Tennis Center, College Station High School, Bryan Aquatic Center and G. Hysmith Skate Park among other facilities.

Of the competing swimmers, Julia Black, Karson Gopffarth, Cameryn Urbanosky, Case Urbanosky, Spencer Stanbury, Courtney Stanbury, Samantha Thiele and Chloe Burgar have all participated in the state games in past years.

The Bryan area experienced heavy rain at the start of the meet, and assistant coach Linda Shults said the conditions were not ideal, though her swimmers overcame the obstacles to finish strong.

“Thursday's session had a two-and-a-half-hour rain delay,” she said. “Our 13- and 14-year-old girls had to wait for the storm to pass to continue their races.”

Cameryn Urbanosky placed fifth in girls 13-14 years 100-yard freestyle, and seventh in the girls 13-14 years 100-yard individual medley.

Unfamiliar conditions at the Bryan Aquatic Center made swimming tough for the Barracudas.

“The outside pool made it difficult for our swimmers to perform at their best,” Shults said. “We still had some great swims.”

Colin Walter placed fourth in boys six-and-under 25-yard freestyle, and eighth in the boys six-and-under 25-yard backstroke.

Taylor Weber took third place in girls 15-17 years 50-yard breaststroke, and Chloe Burgar placed seventh in girls 9-10 years 25-yard butterfly.

Karson Gopffarth placed seventh in boys 11-12 years 100-yard freestyle and sixth place in boys 11-12 100-yard individual medley.

The TAAF games were the culmination of a full summer of swimming by the entire 248-member Barracuda team.

“We had our team party last weekend before heading off to state so this was our last meeting,” Shults said.

Now that the Barracudas’ summer season is over, Shults will focus on starting practices with her other team, the Keller High School Indians, where she is the head coach.

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