11/19/17 – The long trip to Texarkana was well worth it for 24 swimming Bulldogs, as the girls placed second and the boys sixth on route to a combined fourth-place finish on Saturday at the Northeast TISCA Invitational, which attracted more than 500 athletes from 28 high schools.
“Not only did we finish well in the standings,” said Coach Kaminski, “all of our swimmers gained some great experience competing as a team in a large prelims/final meet over two days. It will serve us well as we prepare for our championship meets in the new year.”
Lady Bulldogs Earn Six Podium Wins
Strong individual and relay performances contributed to the Lady Bulldogs’ 313 points, which placed the girls second behind the first-place finishers from Richardson J.J. Pearce High School, a 6A school north of Dallas.
Girls Show Relay Power
Leading the way for the girls were the relay teams. Junior Savannah Schweinteck, freshman Presley Heitzmann, sophomore Olivia Gonder and junior Kiley Moriarty teamed up in the first event to place second in the 200-Yard Medley Relay, finishing only 0.19 out of first place.
Halfway through the meet, sophomore Amber Guidry, Schweinteck, Heitzmann and senior Jackie Robles swam as the Bulldogs A team to place fourth in the 200-Yard Freestyle Relay. The B team of sophomore Erica Field, senior Janelle Childs, freshman Liv Flores, and junior Anna Wentzlaff placed eleventh to score more points for the team.
The Lady Bulldogs saved their best relay result for last, as Gonder, Guidry, Robles and Moriarty teamed up to win the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay with a meet record time.
Field, Gonder and Moriarty Make the Podium
Four of the six top-three podium finishes for the Lady Bulldogs came from individual performances. Field, Gonder and Moriarty all earned individual medals.
Field swam to silver in the 100-Yard Backstroke with a strong, come-from-behind performance.
Moriarty placed third in the 200-Yard Freestyle, an event she finished tenth in at the state championship last season. She also finished fourth in the 100-Yard Freestyle later in the day, nearly getting a second bronze medal.
Gonder had wins and meet record times in the 200-Yard Individual Medley and the 100-Yard Breaststroke. She placed sixth and fifth in these events last season at the state championship.
Freshmen and Veterans Score Points
Several girls swam well to place in the top 16 to earn valuable points toward the team’s second place finish, including a couple freshmen.
Freshman Heitzmann, who swam the breaststroke leg on the silver-winning 200-Yard Medley Relay, placed fourth in a tight finish in the 100-Yard Breaststroke. Only 0.84 seconds separated second to fifth. Heitzmann also scored points placing eleventh in the 200-Yard Individual Medley.
Another freshman, freestyler Liv Flores, chipped in with a sixth-place finish in the 500-Yard Freestyle and a fifteenth-place finish in the 200-Yard Freestyle.
In addition to their relay contributions, veteran swimmers Guidry, Schwienteck and Robles also contributed with top 16 points.
Guidry performed in the pure sprints to place sixth in the 100-Yard Freestyle and tenth in the 50-Yard Freestyle.
Schwienteck just missed the podium in the 100-Yard Backstroke with a fourth-place finish. Earlier in the meet, she placed seventh in the 100-Yard Butterfly.
Robles showed her versatility by placing sixth in the 200-Yard Individual Medley and the 100-Yard Backstroke.
Boys Compete Hard Against Tough Competition to Place 6th
The boys finished sixth with 104 points behind some tough competition, including swimmers from large 6A high school programs. The host Texarkana High School Tigers took the boys wins.
Relays Place Sixth
Top results for the Bulldogs came in two relays, which scored half of the boys’ total points.
Juniors Torsten Henze, Michael Bullock and Will Honderich joined senior Ian Lundy for a sixth-place finish in the 200-Yard Freestyle Relay.
For the final race of the meet, freshman Gustavo Ott teamed up with Henze, Honderich and Lundy to place sixth in the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay.
Top-Ten Performances for Henze and Ott
Henze finished just out of the medals with a fourth in the 100-Yard Butterfly. He also placed ninth in the always competitive and fast 50-Yard Freestyle.
Ott improved on his results from the prelims by swimming faster and placing higher in the finals. The freshman swam to ninth in the 200-Yard Individual Medley and tenth in the 100-Yard Backstroke.
Points also came from Honderich, who placed twelfth in the 200-Yard Freestyle and sixteenth in the 500-Yard Freestyle. Honderich, who made the state championship last season, would have placed better in the 500 if not for a miscalculation by the lap counter. Honderich, who placed ninth in prelims, stopped with a lap remaining and then had to resume after it was noticed he had another lap to complete the race.
Other top-16 performers and point-getters for the boys included freshman McKinley Mouton, who placed twelfth in the 200-Yard Individual Medley, and Ian Lundy, who was sixteenth in the same race.
Next up for the Bulldogs is a tri-meet against Magnolia West and Tomball Memorial on Dec. 7 at the Tomball I.S.D. Aquatic Center.