Girls Swim Team Clinches State Championship Again
The 2018 TAPPS Division II State Championship meet took place on Thursday, February 8th at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium in Mansfield, Texas.
The girls won state and the boys took 3rd in nearly perfect performances after considerable travel and an overnight stay, to a never seen before facility. 15 of 18 swims for the girls were faster than their regional swims just two weeks ago, and 16 of 19 swims were faster for the boys!
There were 18 girls teams and 19 boys teams. 4 of the top 6 teams at Division II state came from the Central Texas region.
The girls had 12 top 10 finishes that scored points for the team with 7 first place state champion finishes, and one each 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 9th place finishes.
The boys had 11 top 10 finishes that scored points for the team with 4 first place state champion finishes, and one each 3rd, 4th, 8th, 10th and three 9th place finishes.
The girls first place finishers were Captain Hannah Espinosa in the 200 IM, 100 Breast and 200 free relay, Jade Hallum (state top point scorer) in the 200 free, 50 free, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay, Caitlin Murphy in the 100 back and 200 free relay, Carolina Batista in the 200 free relay, Dean Ruiz in the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay, Morgan Reeb in the 200 free relay and Isabela Gonzalez in the 200 medley relay. Second and third place medal winners were second place Caitlin Murphy in the 100 free and Caitlin Murphy, Hannah Espinosa, Dean Ruiz and Teresa Lacayo in the 400 free relay.
The boys first place finishers were Captain Reilly Gilbert in the 500 free, 100 back and 200 free relay, Jon Montoya in the 200 free relay, Jalen Johnson in the 200 free relay and Matthew Reysa in the 100 fly and 200 free relay. Third place medal winner in the 200 IM was Nathan Lewis.
This was a way above average performance from both teams with the girls dropping a combined total for all swims of 27.5 seconds and the boys dropping a combined total for all swims of a staggering 107.47 seconds!