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The Carroll swim team completed the second of three steps it needs to win a third consecutive state title last weekend, as it once again swept regional championships on both the boys and girls sides.
The Dragon boys scored a total of 563 points at the competition, 190 points ahead of second-place Flower Mound, while the girls team had 412 points, 116 ahead of second-place Keller.
“The boys were tough all weekend long,” coach Kevin Murphy said. “They swam well, and we didn’t get quite as many people into the state meet as we would have hoped for, but we got a lot of slots. We should be as competitive as anybody else in two weeks.
“On the girls side, they did much better on the second day than they did on the first day. They were a little flat the first day, but they really stepped up and raced well on the second day of the competition, and we got all six of our relays in.”
Carroll is sending nine individual spots, including a diver, on the boys side to state and five individual slots on the girls side to state.
“I’ve looked at the numbers kind of informally, and it doesn’t appear that any one girls team is really dominant in the state right now,” Murphy said. “There are some teams that have three relay teams in, but they seem pretty limited on the number of individual slots that they have.”
Murphy said that he believes his team accomplished most of what he was hoping for at the regional meet.
“I’d say that we hit on about 90 percent of what we wanted to do,” Murphy said. “The competition is tough at the regional meet, when you consider that only 16 kids get to go and swim at state in each event. It’s tough, and you have to be extra, extra good.
“We were shooting and hoping for 10 individual events on the boys side and 10 individual events on the girls side. We got part of the way there on the girls and most of the way there on the guys.”
The state meet will take place at the University of Texas at Austin’s Natatorium on Feb. 21-22, and Murphy said the goals are pretty simple.
“The boys goal is to win, and the girls goal, without studying it very closely, is to finish top three at state,” Murphy said. “We have certain point numbers that we think we can score, but those are what our goals are going in. We’ll recalibrate those goals after I sit down on Tuesday and see what everyone else has.”