Mansfield ISD swim meet highlights
Plenty of area swimmers excelled at the prestigious Mansfield ISD Invitational swimming meet last week. Some of the top teams in the state competed, including Southlake Carroll, Keller and Lubbock.
Legacy’s boys team finished fifth overall.
Mansfield’s teams fared well, with the girls finishing fifth and the boys sixth.
“This was one of the deepest MISD Invites in history and I thought our swimmers fought really hard on Friday to qualify for finals on Saturday,” said Mansfield head coach Matthew Bold.
“We had several personal and season best times, and that will help us carry momentum into our heavy training phase through the middle of January,” Bold said, whose team will travel to Lubbock on Jan. 8 for its last meet prior to the District 8-6A championships on Jan. 22.
The Lake Ridge girls finished eighth in the meet out of 23 teams at the invitational.
Of the Lady Eagles that placed, the 200m Free relay was fourth, the 200m Medley relay was fifth, and the 400m Free relay was sixth, which included Karolina Khudanyan, Khadijah Brown, Rhiannan Boseman, Kylie Sheppard, and Victoria Guerra, said Lake Ridge head coach Blake Kahla. “The girls relays finished within tenths of a second of their times at state last season so hopes are up to setting best times at playoffs in February,” Kahla said.
Girls performing well in individual events were Sheppard in the 100 Fly placing sixth and Boseman placing eighth in the 50m Free and 100m Free.
The Lake Ridge boys finished in 10th place overall.
Notable swims were the 200m Free relay placing 10th, James Leibham placing seventh in the 500m Free and 10th in the 200m Free and Jeffery Gordon placing 11th in the 200m IM and 100 Fly.
“At this point in the season all the top swimmers are swimming faster and setting personal best times and already looking to the region meet in February and eyes on state,” Kahla said.
Kahla stated that the swimmers seemed to feed off the energy and excitement of the Eagles football team, which is headed to the state championship game this week.
“There was an excitement this morning, all swimmers having faster swims today in finals than yesterday's prelims,” he said.
Timberview also had good performances at the meet.
The boys team finished 16th and the girls 18th at the meet.
Ally Pappas, a sophomore, finished 13th in the 50m Free and 8th in the 100m Fly.
Andrew Wright, a junior, was 15th in the 100m Backstroke with a personal best time of 1:00.30.
Senior Matt Garza – a team captain – finished second in the 200M IM, sixth in the 100m Breastroke, setting a new school record in the event, with a time of 1:02:18. Garza will be attending Johns Hopkins University next year to study pre-med, said Timberview head coach Amy Lamar.
Varsity Silver hockey team in third
The Varsity Silver hockey team remains tied for third in the division and will take on Richardson/Rockwall on Thursday.
Mansfield suffered its second straight shoot-out loss last week, 3-2, to Denton County. The previous week, Mansfield lost in a shoot-out to Southlake Carroll.
In the loss to Denton County, Micah Amox (James Sullivan and Kyle Scott assist) and Nicholas Cyprian (Cameron Bickford assist) scored the goals, but no one was able to register a goal in the shootout.
- Randy Sachs