AUSTIN — Swimming and diving season is officially over after the team competed in the 2018 UIL State Swimming and Diving Meet at the University of Texas in Austin over the weekend.
Under the direction of head coach Sarah Milne, the team saw major strides in the in program, including a 23rd-place finish by the boys swim team, which is a huge improvement from last year’s finish — 54th.
Additionally, the team qualified for the finals in six events, which is two more than the four they made it to last season.
“It was great,” Milne said about the weekend. “The kids had fun and we had a couple of best times. It was a great showing from Prosper.”
Of the 14 athletes that competed in the preliminary events, four individuals and the two-event relay team advanced to the finals, where they placed in the six different events.
The boys 200m relay race also established a new school record for the team. The 1:29.36 time was 0.24 seconds faster than the record they established the previous day at prelims.
As the season comes to a close, Milne can hardly believe it’s already over.
“Honestly, it’s kind of weird that our season is officially over,” she said. “I’m already ready to see what we can do next season.”
The second-year coach hopes to spend the rest of the year preparing for that next season in a variety of ways. The team will have a two-week break from the water so that the athletes can have individual meetings with Milne to revisit the season’s results.
“I take the time to talk with each athlete individually about how their season went and begin to assess their goals/plans for the upcoming season. It gives them a chance to take a detailed look at how they have done in the sport over the last seven months to see how far they’ve come since August.”
Following that two-week break, the team will start off-season conditioning, which includes both time in the pool and “dry-land” workouts.
But for now, both Milne and the team can rest easy knowing they had one of the best seasons in school history. The 2018-2019 schedule has not been announced, but with the move to 6A, it will be another competitive year in the pool for the Eagles.
Parker Burton (Diving) - 14th place, 296.5
Mithuun Ramesh - 15th place, 200m free, 1:45.85
Kyle Valdez - 7th place, 200m individual medley, 1:55.87
Ana Hernandez Flores - 16th place, 500m free, 5:21.44
Kyle Valdez, Miles Schulze, Mithuun Ramesh, Zachary Wachter - Boys 200m free relay, 1:29.36*
Kyle Valdez, Miles Schulze, Mithuun Ramesh, Zachary Wachter - Boys 200m free relay, 3:16.29
*indicates new school record