MANSFIELD — The preparation for the 2018 Regional Swimming and Diving Meet paid off for the Prosper High School Eagles, who placed second overall at the meet.
“I am happy with the number we have gotten so far,” head swimming and diving coach Sarah Milne said. “We had so many best times of the season happen at this meet.”
Both the boys and girls took home second place, and fourteen athletes qualified for State. Only the athletes who placed first and second have a secure spot at the State meet. Additionally, several Prosper athletes finished in third place, which means there is a possibility for even more athletes to make the trip to Austin. The callback process for fill-ins will begin on Monday, Feb. 5.
The guaranteed fourteen athletes who will be going to state are as follows:
1m diving - Parker Burton
200 IM - Kyle Valdez
50 free - Zachary Wachter
500 free - Kyle Valdez
200 fr relay - Kyle Valdez, Miles Schulze, Mithuun Ramesh, Zachary Wachter (Alternates - Saxon Boring, Krezian Frey, Kevin Reid Duran)
100 breast - Miles Schulze
400 relay - Kyle Valdez, Alex Schulze, Mithuun Ramesh, Zachary Wachter
1 m diving - Myka Sullivan
400 relay - Erin Farlow, Ella Keffer, Ana Hernandez Flores, Victoria Evans
Aside from qualifying for State, Prosper also broke two school records at the Regional meet. The boys 200 freestyle relay team of Kyle Valdez, Miles Schulze, Mithuun Ramesh and Zachary Wachter swam a time of 1:29.74, which replaced the previous record of 1:32.56 set in February of 2013.
The boys 400 relay team of Valdez, Ramesh, Wachter and Alex Schulze also broke the previous relay record of 3:20.47, with a time of 3:16.11. The old record was set back in February of 2015.
The fourteen athletes is double the number of swimmers and divers that went to the State meet last year, a testament to the changes that Milne has brought to the program.
“The team has become much more competitive. We have a strong freshman class — 16 total — that have been working hard this year,” Milne said.
And that freshman class definitely made their mark at the Regional Meet. Nine of the fourteen qualified athletes were freshmen, which is something Milne can look forward to for several seasons in the future.
She and the team will head back to Prosper to get back in the pool for practice. While the season is close to its end, she said it has been a tremendous year for swimming.
“The swimmers and divers have both worked hard this season,” she said. “We have had very few losses even while competing against 6A teams. Not to get ahead of ourselves, but is just shows that even though we are moving up to 6A next year, we will be ready.”
The 2018 State Swimming and Diving Meet will take place at the University of Texas in Austin on Thursday, Feb. 15 through Saturday, Feb. 17.