Northeast Tarrant

Trinity swimming features speedsters

If Coach Dawn Chagnon has one thing on her Trinity swimming and diving teams, she’s got sprinters.

“We have a lot of sprinters,” Chagnon said. “Seems like they all want to swim the 50 free.”

In fact, the Trinity girls placed first and second in the sprint event at the team’s last meet at Arlington on Nov. 7. Kenzie Crews won the event at the meet that pitted the Lady Trojans against Arlington High, Arlington Lamar and Granbury, and Tiffani Tanaka placed second.

The boys team sprinted their way to wins in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays, featuring Scott Painter, Jackson Adcox, Brayden Meadows and Ashton Nelson (200) and Ryan Cowell, Reggy Berger, Painter and Riley Buhrow (400) at Arlington as well. Trinity also got individual wins at Arlington from Marisa Pouiphanvongxay in the 100 breaststroke, from Buhrow in the 200-free and from Cowell in the 500-free.

Buhrow, a junior, swims the individual medley on the boys team, while Chagnon still has three or four meets to decide between Tanaka and Pouiphanvongxay in the event before the district meet, which will be held on Jan. 22.

The teams’ next meet is scheduled for Dec. 10 at The Colony, and it is a dual meet with just the two teams competing. It will be the sixth meet of the season for the Trojans as they get ready for their district meet. The swimming and diving teams do not compete in the same District 7-6A that other team sports compete in; rather, the Trojans’ district covers a much wider area and competitors include Mansfield, Fort Worth Paschal, Duncanville, DeSoto, Cedar Hill and Hurst L.D. Bell.

In a meet format that restricts the amount of events an individual swimmer can compete in to two individual events and two additional relays, Chagnon is comfortable selecting her swimmers situationally based on the strengths of each team competing at each meet. Just because you raced the 50-free in the last meet doesn’t mean you can expect to in the next meet.

“But I like the size of team we carry into each meet,” Chagnon said. “We’re not trying to fit 50 swimmers into one meet, and we don’t have to cut any swimmers before a meet. I prefer it because the kids get more time from me individually and a little more pool time.”

Which is all anybody ever wanted, anyway.