Northeast Tarrant

Grapevine, Colleyville Heritage swim teams expect big things at district meets

The Grapevine and Colleyville Heritage swim and dive teams are gearing up for the district meets, and coach Daniel Jau said he is optimistic about both teams’ chances.

The two programs compete on the same days this year, which will make it a little tricky, but Jau said he and his coaching staff have it worked out and said he expects good things.

“They are doing really well,” Jau said. “I am expecting the kids to swim really fast. I think we are probably the strongest team on the boys and girls side for Grapevine. Colleyville looks really strong as well, led by Clare Cushing.”

Grapevine will compete in the District 6-5A meet on Jan. 21 for diving and Jan. 23 for swimming, and Colleyville Heritage will compete in the 10-6A meet on Jan. 21 for diving and Jan. 22 for swimming.

Grapevine will compete in its home natatorium, while Colleyville Heritage will compete in Allen.

Jau said that he expects Madison Chao, who qualified for state in two events last year, and Erin Palmer in diving, who won a regional championship last season, to do well in particular.

On the boys side, David Hallaron, who set a school record in the 100 freestyle recently, and Parker Schultz, Ben Kalmbach, and Daniel Rutledge to be the leaders on the boys side at Grapevine.

“We should have some good competition from Denton and Decatur for Grapevine,” Jau said. “Birdville could also be tough, but we are hoping to get kids to region in each event. I think we are favored to win most of the of the events, but there are some really good swimmers from that Denton area.

“For Colleyville, we are in the same district with Southlake Carroll, so we are hoping that we get one of our relays out and a couple of individuals, and then Clare Cushing just missed state last year and is looking to get in this year.”