The Prosper Eagles Swim & Dive teams recently kicked off the 2019-2020 season at the Frisco ISD Sprint Invitational.
On Sept. 26-28, numerous teams from around the Metroplex came together for the Frisco ISD Invitational at the Bruce Eubanks Natatorium in Frisco. The meet provided a great opportunity for Prosper High swimmers and divers to put their training to the test. Reflecting on the meet, coach Sarah Milne, who is in her fourth year as head coach, shared that she was impressed by the team’s spirit and unity.
“From the new team cheer being one of the loudest on deck to seeing JV swimmers come out to support their varsity teammates, it was awesome to see a united team cheering each other on,” Milne said.
And there was plenty for PHS to cheer about. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams claimed second place overall, scoring 353 and 292 points respectively.
The Dive Team opened the meet and freshman diver Ryan Dimmick, who started diving just three months ago, put together a strong set of dives for his first competition and finished first overall. For the girls, returning diver Haley Fein earned a sixth place finish while teammates Kalee Morgan, Myka Sullivan and Shawnna Caliva took the eighth, 10th and 11th spots respectively. In addition, three rookie divers, Shaelyn Haiman (7th place), Emily Rothacker (12th place) and Emma Savage (14th place) all made strong showings.
Prosper’s coaches are excited to see the Dive Team’s development over the season.
On Saturday, both the varsity boys and girls teams put in a strong showing. Swimmers Ethan Hogan, Mithuun Ramesh, Kadence Griffin and Justice Hunt kicked off competition with a win in the 100 Medley Relay. A little later, Hannah Schulze, Keira Kleposki, Morgan Frazier and Heather Pappas posted a fourth place finish in the 100 Free Relay. And to close the meet, Kadence Griffin, Mithuun Ramesh, Ethan Hogan and Justice Hunt combined once again to place fourth in the 200 Free Relay.
While still a fairly young team, Prosper coaches said there is a lot of depth on the roster and fans can expect the relays to get even stronger as the season progresses.
When it came to individual events, PHS had a number of top three finishes. Junior Caroline Egger captured a third place finish in the 25 Free, while freshman Maddie Lesko claimed third place in the 50 Fly and junior Jocelyn Hayes took third in the 50 Breast.
For the boys, junior Saxon Boring had an impressive win in the 50 Breast. Sophomore Lane White, a talented freestyler, finished second in the 50 Free and third in the 25 Free. Junior Mithuun Ramesh took second place in the 100 IM and third in the 50 Breaststroke. Meanwhile, in the 50 Back, sophomore Ethan Hogan put up a third place finish. Finally, Justice Hunt, a junior, finished second in both the 200 Free and the 25 Free events.
On Oct. 9, the Prosper Swim and Dive teams continued their season at the Tom Muehlenbeck Natatorium in Plano, against Plano West in their first dual-meet of the season, but that meet was after press time for this issue.