11/14/2017 – Twenty-four qualifying members of the swimming Bulldogs are headed to Texarkana, TX on Thursday for the Northeast Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association (TISCA) Invitational, while diving members will stay in the local area to compete at the TISCA Gulf Championship at the Conroe I.S.D. Natatorium.
Each meet brings more than 500 athletes together to compete.
Trip to Texarkana
The three-day Texarkana meet starts Thursday night with diving and continues Friday morning when swimmers will compete in preliminaries races for Saturday’s finals (top 8) and consolation finals (spots 9 to 16).
“We are in a good position to compete for a team award in Texarkana,” said Coach Kaminski, noting team awards are given to the top three girls’ team and the top three boys’ teams.
Coach Kaminski says the Bulldogs have strong teams going into the relays, which score twice as many points as the individual races. “Considering we won’t be taking any divers to this meet, we’ll need those points to compete for the team awards,” he said.
He says the team should also have strong individual showings. “I believe we will place several swimmers into the top 16 for Saturday’s finals,” he said, “including a few that will compete for wins.”
Divers Compete at Conroe I.S.D. Natatorium
Diving Coach, Bob Lieber, will lead the team of five divers this week, when they travel to the Conroe I.S.D. Natatorium Thursday for the Gulf TISCA Championship, which starts at 3 p.m.
Competition will be tough, as the annual meet is the biggest in the local area leading up to the district, region and state championship meets in January and February. The Bulldogs will compete against divers from 5A, 6A and private high schools.
Qualifying for TISCA
To compete at the TISCA meets, athletes must qualify by meeting competitive time and point standards. As a result, the Bulldogs only qualify 24 swimmers for the Texarkana meet. This, however, is more than would qualify for the Gulf TISCA meet, which presents tougher qualifying standards because of the talent it draws from the greater Houston area and the out-of-area schools who want to compete against them.
“For our swimmers, it makes sense for us to go to Texarkana,” said Coach Kaminski. “More of our swimmers qualify for it, and they will get a feel for a championship meet that is spread over two days with a prelims/final format. It will be good experience for districts and regions.”
Coach Kaminski said that as the team develops, he believes the team will qualify more swimmers for TISCA meets in the future. “We have a lot of hard working swimmers who are very close. If they keep working hard, we’ll have a larger team next year.”