AUSTIN — Head swimming and diving coach Sarah Milne’s first season at Prosper came to a close on Feb. 20.
“I walked in not really know what to expect from this team,” Milne said about her first season as an Eagle. “I have been happily surprised to have a team that works hard and works together. I am so extremely proud of them.”
Her transition from Bryan to Prosper has been a successful one, and under her leadership, both the boys and the girls swim teams clinched the district title for the seventh year in a row. After grabbing a bid for the state meet on Feb. 17-19, the girls team took home a 20th place finish overall out of 55 teams. The meet consisted of three heats of preliminary competition for each event, followed by the final race for the championships. Seven Prosper swimmers qualified for the state meet including two freshman, two sophomores, two juniors and a lone senior.
Junior Hope Jestes was busy at the meet as she competed in three events, the most of any Prosper swimmer. She placed 8th in the 200-meter free and 6th in the 500-meter free, with times of 1:56.26 for the 200 and 5:07.91 for the 500. She was also a member of the 200-meter free relay team, along with sophomore Jordan Wednt, freshman Victoria Evans, and senior Melissa Hailey. The relay team finished 12th overall, with a time of 1:43.02.
Junior Zachary Wachter also competed at state in the 100-meter fly, finishing in 16th place with a time of 53.07. Rounding out the state team was freshman Taylor Martin, who snagged 20th in the 500 free with a 5:27.04 finish.
Milne said in an email that the team’s times weren’t quite the results she was looking for, but it gave her the chance to see how they can improve for next season. With swimmers qualifying for four of seven events making it to the state finals, Milne is confident that they are only going to get better with time.
The team will be losing three seniors this year, and while their leadership will be missed, she believes the team is in good hands with the upcoming juniors and seniors next year. Although the season has come to a close, Milne is optimistic for the future of the Swimming and Diving program at Prosper.
“I’m excited to see this team grow and develop into the championship team I know they are,” she said.