Northeast Tarrant

GCISD swimming programs optimistic about district meets this week

The Colleyville Heritage and Grapevine swim teams appear to be in good shape as the district meets get set to get underway, and Daniel Jau, who coaches both schools’ programs, said that he is optimistic about both teams’ chances of qualifying for region.

Both teams’ meets will take place this week, and based on the way his swimmers and divers have been competing this fall, Jau said he believes his teams are ready to make some noise.

“Grapevine is looking really great,” Jau said. “I think the boys team has a really good shot of winning the region meet or at least being top three, as well as winning district. We have some really strong swimmers, including Parker Schultz, David Hallaron, Nick Tsigas and Christian Hambrock. We have a lot of depth on the team.

“We also have three divers that should win district and win region, including Erin Palmer, Keelie Shuck and Cole Bartman. I also think that Masidson Chao will win district in the 100 backstroke.”

Jau said he also feels that Colleyville Heritage will have a good showing at district with one of its swimmers in particular.

“Bridget Pacilio has been on the all-state team and made it to state before,” Jau said. “She's one of the favorites for Colleyville Heritage in the 100 breast and 200 IM this season.”

Jau said that he is feeling, for the most part, very good about his teams’ prospects at the district meet based on what he has seen from them this fall.

“I think they are looking pretty strong, but right now, they are not rested,” Jau said. “Their times are just about where I want them to be, because I want them to peak for Grapevine really at region, and for Colleyville, I want most of them to peak at district. I think they are on pace to do that.”

Jau said that really only has one area of concern moving forward, which is something that he cannot really not do a whole lot about.

“The main thing is just illness – things like the flu going around is what concerns me,” Jau said. “Most of my kids have already gotten sick. I have the last couple of kids going through it, so I am hoping that we just don't catch it or relapse.”

The 6-5A will be held Thursday through Saturday at the GCISD Swim Center and the 10-6A will be the same days at Southlake Carroll.