By Amy Chadwell Hunt
For the Prosper Press
Prosper High School Varsity Swim and Dive teams faced fierce competition at the Region 2 6A meet at the Lewisville ISD’s Westside Aquatic Center.
The meet kicked off Jan. 30 for the Dive Team. High level competition meant divers had to bring their best combination of dives and precise execution to the water, and the results reflected their effort with 39 points on the girl’s side and nine points on the boy’s side.
Haley Fein and Emily Rothacker finished in the top eight.
“I was very proud of our divers’ performance at the Regional Meet. Having our entire District dive team advance to Regionals was a huge accomplishment,” Prosper coach Sierra Marchand said. “To then have two athletes place in the top eight against very high level competitors was very exciting. Our divers’ successes are a testament to their continuous hard work and dedication.”
On Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, it was the Varsity Swim Team’s turn to take to the water. From the opening 200 Medley Relay race, it was clear that this meet was going to be incredibly fast. Just qualifying for finals required swimmers to put in heroic swims.
At the close of preliminaries Jan. 31, each swimmer competing for PHS had made it to finals. Junior Mithuun Ramesh competed in a swim-off race in the 100 breaststroke at the end of the session, and found himself tied for eighth place. An exhausted Mithuun, whose teammates lined the deck to cheer him on, found the speed he needed to qualify for A Finals.
Swimmers returned to the pool for the finals session Feb. 1 intent on trying to score as many points for their team as possible and earn a bid to the state meet, scheduled to take place in Austin Friday and Saturday.
The Prosper varsity girls team - represented by Maddie Lesko, Sabrina Giachini, Miku Yoshioka, Jocelyn Hayes, Abby Griffith, Bethany Sitz and Morgan Frazier - scored 77 points and finished its season with a twelfth-place finish.
Freshman Lesko (eleventh in 100 Free and ninth in 200 Free) and sophomore Giachini (twelfth in 200 Free) represented Prosper well in their individual races and the girls came together at the end of the meet to deliver the best time of the season, 3:46.58, in the 400 Free Relay.
Meanwhile, the Prosper varsity boys team - represented by Ethan Hogan, Saxon Boring, Kadence Griffin, Mithuun Ramesh, Sam Taylor, Lane White, Justice Hunt, Julian Pala and Caleb Audia - combined to score 210 points and take second place in the Region. All three relay teams (200 Medley, 200 Free and 400 Free) set new school records. In addition, the 400 Free Relay comprised of White, Taylor, Ramesh and Hunt, qualified for the state meet.
More Prosper High records were set in the individual events.
Noted backstroker Hogan, a sophomore, lowered his school record in the 100 Backstroke and finished third overall with a time of 52.09. Sophomore White, a strong sprinter, finished fifth overall in the 50 Free and lowered his school record with a time of 21.49. Junior Hunt, a versatile swimmer, lowered his records in the 200 and 100 Freestyle events with times of 1:41.47 and 46.81, which earned him fourth- and fifth-place finishes.
“I am so impressed with the drive of the team throughout regionals,” Prosper swim coach Sarah Milne said. “We had many moments where they showed perseverance and persistence. Both (the) boys’ and girls’ (teams) gave 110 percent into every one of their races and left it all in the pool. We achieved the unexpected by placing second overall with our boys’ team. It is an accomplishment that shows how all the individual races from these athletes add up for the good of the team.”
The season continues for the Varsity Eagles as the men’s 400 Relay team will compete at the state meet in Austin.