The Legacy and Lake Ridge swim and dive teams made it a clean sweep at the District 8-5A meet, with Legacy claiming first place on the boys side and second place on he girls side, while Lake Ridge won a girls team championship and finished second on the boys side.
Legacy Coach Tony Tullbane and Lake Ridge coach Blake Kahla said they were both thrilled with their teams’ efforts at district and are optimistic about the regional swim meet this weekend.
“It was great district meet,” Tullbane said. “We got out everybody we expected to. We're in a good spot for regionals. The boys were happy to win. For the girls, we pushed Lake Ridge a little bit, but they are a good team.”
Legacy has a total of 23 swimmers and divers moving on to the regional meet.
“It really was a good meet,” Tullbane said. “Brandon Bernal, one of our seniors, won both the 50 and 100 free. He's one of our pure high school seniors, and he had a fantastic meet. Sam Sok, a sophomore, tied with Brandon in the 100 free and then won the 100 breast. We had Will Tullbane who won the 100 fly and was second in the 200 free, and then we won all three relays, so we go into region seeded first in all of them.”
The objectives for the regional meet are pretty straightforward for the Legacy team.
“Basically, it is the same thing we stated last year,” Tullbane said. “We want to get three relays to state. That's been our goal from day one, and I think we're in a good position to do that. And then looking at our region, we are trying to get some individuals out as well.
“We want to win the region meet, but I think how many athletes we can get to the state meet, especially on the girls side, and how many people we can get on the podium is what we are looking for.”
Over at Lake Ridge, coach Blake Kahla said his team also had an outstanding performance at district and said that he feels like he has a number of athletes that should make some noise at region as well.
“Both the girls and the boys performed very well,” Kahla said. “All dropped time, and all met their personal goals. We had a lot of freshmen and sophomores that qualified for the region for the first time, and our seasoned athletes finished top three and have set their goals higher, hoping to possibly advance to state.”
Diver Hunter Jaynes won the district meet for Lake Ridge and is seeded first going into region.
All of the girls relays are also seeded first or second at the regional meet, and Kahla said that the objectives at region revolve around advancing his girls relays teams and as many individuals as possible to state.
“Basically, you have to finish first or second to move on to the state meet,” Kahla said. “So, on the girls side, it's a tough race between us, Legacy, Denton and Grapevine, so we're all going to be fighting for those relay spots to get to the state meet.”
See mansfieldnewsmirror.com for more district swimming results.