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Bulldogs News · Divers Compete Hard at the Gulf TISCA Championship


11/18/2017 – Three Bulldog divers competed hard Thursday afternoon at the Gulf TISCA Championship.

The TISCA (Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association) meets are the biggest mid-season competitions in Texas for high school swimming and diving programs. There are several going on throughout the state this month, including in Texarkana where 24 swimming Bulldogs competed in prelims on Friday and are ready for Saturday’s finals.

Bulldog divers competed at the Gulf TISCA Championship on Thursday. Left to Right: sophomore Julia Giannotti, freshman Jada Shorter and senior Brandon Johnson.        Photo: M. Waybright

Johnson on Track to Repeat as District and Region Champion

Senior Brandon Johnson was the lone male to compete Thursday afternoon for the Bulldogs in a highly competitive field at the Conroe I.S.D. Natatorium. Johnson finished 5th in the Boys’ 1-Meter event with 405.90 points, which was only 0.50 out of 4th spot.

Last season, Johnson finished 11th at the 5A State Championship in Austin. Johnson looks to be on track to repeat as the District 21 and Region 6 champion in January and February.

Freshman Shorter and Sophomore Giannotti Compete for the Lady Bulldogs

Joining Johnson on Thursday were two Lady Bulldogs, led by freshman Jada Shorter’s 19th place finish in the Girl’s 1-Meter event. Shorter is performing very well, considering she is competing against an open field that includes upperclassmen from nearly 30 high schools.

Sophomore Julia Giannotti, who placed 13th at the State Championship last year, followed Shorter with a 25th place finish.

Swimmers Competing in Texarkana

The swimming Bulldogs are in currently in Texarkana, TX for the Northeast TISCA Invitational. They are competing against athletes from 28 high schools. Competition started with prelims on Friday and concludes with finals on Saturday.