The Legacy swimming and diving teams are preparing to at least replicate what they achieved last season as the district swim meet approaches.
Many teams are striving to improve on their previous year’s finish, but with the Broncos having taken the boys title and finishing second in the girls division, duplicating the effort would be a big success.
The district meet will be Jan. 23 and hosted at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium.
The only real difference in the team that competed last year and what will be on hand this for this season’s meet is the Legacy head coach.
Nick Johnson has come to Legacy from North Crowley, but certainly feels the Broncos are up to having even more success.
“The kids have done a great job in adjusting to me,” Johnson said. “I bring a different personality and coaching style, but they’ve adjusted by now.”
Any adjustment problems have been unnoticeable in the water.
“We’ve got another strong mens team and we’re hoping to compete again and do what we did in last year’s [district] meet,” Johnson said.
One of the standout events for Legacy is the 500m distance event, where Jeff Jameson has been excelling.
Johnson noted the boys relays are also formidable events.
From the girls perspective, all eyes have been on Legacy’s Hailey Yelle.
Yelle, on a national level, has turned in the third-fastest mile time and is competing well, Johnson said.
At the Broncos’ most recent meet in Lubbock, the boys team finished sixth, while the girls took 11th place out of 20 teams.
Also swimming well of note was Sam Sok, a junior who finished first in the 100m Breast, Johnson said.
The Lubbock meet was key for many reasons, including the fact that coming off a UIL-mandated five days of rest, the team needed to get back in the pool to compete at a high level.
Being able to swim against larger 6A teams and schools the swimmers had not yet seen was another advantage of traveling.
Johnson also noted the chance to bond with teammates over the course of a weekend is beneficial.
“The kids enjoy time the together and they get closer,” Johnson said. “Eating meals together, you get to know one another.”
But now the focus is all on the district meet and qualifying the top six swimmers on to regionals.
From each of the four regionals, the top finisher and the next eight fastest will earn a ticket to the state meet.
Mansfield ISD’s natatorium will host one of the regionals on Feb. 5-6.
“I do feel there is a home-pool advantage,” Johnson said. “The kids are used to the blocks and the pool.”
The final event and relay lineups were sent in this week and Johnson said it’s a matter of just performing as well as the athletes are capable.
“We’re cutting back now and making sure they’re ready to perform at the district and regional meets,” he said.