A record number of swimmers from the Weatherford Wild set a plethora of personal records at the recent Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Games of Texas in McAllen.
The Wild qualified 28 swimmers to the event, where the top competitors from across the state competed. Of those, 21 chose to compete and head coach Linda Williams said every swimmer who participated set at least one personal record.
The Wild were led by Matt Williams, who placed in all three events in which he competed. He brought home a pair of gold medals and a silver medal in the Men's 25-39 age group.
He won both the 50-meter breaststroke, posting a time of 37.66, and the 100 individual medley in 1:15.35. He took second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:10.93.
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He had previously taken silver in the 100 IM at the Region IV Meet in Keller.
"I am very proud of these swimmers that have worked so hard to get to the point of qualifying for state. And then to set personal records says a great deal," Coach Williams said. "I can't wait to see what they will accomplish next year."
The previous record for amount of Wild swimmers to qualify for state was 25.
Hannah Farber had four personal-best clockings in the Girls 15-17 category, finishing 10th in the 200 free with a 2:48.13. She also had career bests in the the 100 free, 50 back and 50 free.
Julie Nortier, in the Girls 6-Under category, placed ninth in the 25 back with a personal-best of 27.71, and had a personal-best in the 25 free.
"The relays were the catalyst that had so many going," Coach Williams said.
The Boys 11-12-year-old quartet of Matthew Merrifield, Noah Enlow, Kaleb Oestreich and Landry Crickman set relay records in the 200 medley and 200 free. Merrifield also set a PR in the 50 backstroke.
The Girls 9-10 100 medley relay of Allie Lane, Libby Enlow, Georgia Farhat and Saphira Buchfink combined for a personal-best. Also, Farhat, Buchfink and Lane teamed with Reese Haggard for a PR in the 100 free relay.
Enlow posted a PR in the 25 breaststroke and Farhat in the 25 butterfly.
The Girls 8-Under foursome of Cainlee Dale, Gianna Buchfink, Avalon Nortier and Sydney Kellam had their best time ever in the 100 free relay.
Haggard, competing in the 100 IM for the first time this season, had a career-best.
Other personal records were set by:
▪ Eagan Dennett, Boys 11-12, 50 back.
▪ Noah Farber, 9-10 Boys, 25 free (18.95).
▪ Max Gentry, 6-Under Boys, 25 back.
▪ Chandler Buchfink, Men 18-24, 100 IM.
▪ Abbie Lane, Girls 13-14, 100 IM.