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Seven Lakes, Taylor capture 19-6A championships

January 28, 2019

The Seven Lakes boys and Katy Taylor girls both returned ample talent from impressive 2018 performances. Fittingly, the Spartans and Mustangs set the pace when competing against the best in a fast District 19-6A.

Seven Lakes repeated as the boys champion with 155 points, putting an exclamation point on their victory with a thrilling race in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Cinco Ranch (117) and Taylor (105) were the top challengers in the team standings.

The Spartans won five individual events and one relay, with Ethan Autry, Seungjoon Ahn, Jake Mitchell and William Coakley finishing the 400 in 3 minutes, 11.29 seconds, edging the Cougars by .20 seconds. Individually, six different athletes earned at least a silver medal.

“It’s really awesome to be back-to-back champions,” Autry said. “We’ve been working all year for this. It’s an accomplishment. We have a lot bigger goals than just winning districts. We’re going to try and win regionals and state after this. We’re one step closer to where we want to be.”

Coakley helped get the Spartans started with a gold medal in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.72), with Garrett Stansel later winning the 100-yard backstroke (53.71). Sophomore Justin Liao then recorded a surprise win in the 100-yard breaststroke, turning a No. 5 seed into a championship time of 58.16.

It was Autry taking home Male Swimmer of the Meet honors. The senior won the 50 free in 21.08 and won the 100-yard butterfly shortly after in 50.86.

Autry seeks his third trip to the UIL state meet, reaching the grand event in the 50 as a sophomore and again as a junior along with the butterfly. He hopes his district performance is a springboard to his best postseason.

“This is my last district meet, so it’s really an honor to get Swimmer of the Meet,” Autry said. “I’m just looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Katy senior John Sadler and Seven Lakes junior Summer Taylor earned Diver of the Meet after stellar performances.

Sadler won the boys competition and kept the Tigers’ tradition going with 318.15 points. Taylor amassed 378.55 points to finish ahead of 10 competitors.

Taylor’s Matt Apple and Seven Lakes’ Jordan Beck were honored as 19-6A Coaches of the Year.

Mustangs charge in front

The Taylor girls set the tone early, winning the opening 200-yard medley relay in 1:46.46 with Emma Clark, Amy Evans, Emma Sticklen and Kat Pashen earning gold.

The Mustangs swam strong throughout, with Natalia Casas and Sticklen both winning twice individually and Roxana Nolte contributing to a 400 free relay championship time of 3:33.03.

Clark and Alvarez both took home two individual silver medals as Taylor put an end to its district championship drought.

“I’m so proud,” Alvarez said. “The last time the girls won the district was 2004, and I was born in 2003. I’m ecstatic. I think we’re going to go really far with this team, and next year could be even better.”

Most of the Mustangs’ scoring athletes were freshmen or sophomores. One of their few juniors, Sticklen, won the butterfly (55.12) and backstroke (55.70) to earn Female Swimmer of the Meet honors.

Casas, a freshman, had an exceptional district debut with victories in the 200 free (1:52.69) and 100 free (52.25).

“We had a tradition going,” Alvarez said. “Every time a new freshman comes up, they win an event. (Casas) did amazing. She won both her individuals.”

Alvarez, a sophomore, helped create that tradition herself last year. She ultimately made state in the breaststroke and looks to add the 200-yard individual medley this year.

It could be a fun state meet for the entire team.

Kizek leads record performance

Morton Ranch senior Frederica Kizek narrowly missed a 19-6A gold medal in the 200 IM last year, earning the silver medal and adding a bronze in the event at the regional meet.

She would not let another opportunity for district gold slip away, setting a school record with a 2:05.36 in the 200 IM. It was almost three seconds better than her best time in the event during last year’s postseason.

“It definitely exceeded my expectations,” Kizek said. “Going into my senior year, it’s my last year, I really wanted to do something great. Last year was a little bit disappointing, so this year was kind of like my redemption. I’m really happy with how everything turned out.”

Kizek also cut more than six seconds off her 500 free time from last year’s district meet, earning a silver medal with a 5:05.21. She credited Mavericks coach Derek Zerber with bringing a new energy and practice routines to the team this season.

The progress was apparent, including a school record time of 1:44.75 in the 200 free relay by Kizek, Rommel Espinoza, Lizbeth Rivera and Anna Ng.

“I’m so proud of the girls,” Kizek said. “We broke the 200 free record that was from 2007, so it’s nice to see that one go.”

One record-breaking team got the chance to personally take the old record off the wall.

Host Katy closed girls competition with an impressive silver medal in the 400 free relay, setting a new school mark of 3:38.05.

Seniors Kaelyn Lance and Fernanda Gamez, and juniors Jamie Morgan and Wednesday Hunter celebrated after sliding the old record marker out of its slot. They might want to leave it empty in case they surpass it at regionals or state.

DISTRICT 19-6A REGIONAL QUALIFERS

CINCO RANCH

Girls medley relay, 3rd, 1:49.13 (Kiera Meloche, Pack, Berkman, Maya Robles)

Girls 200 free relay, 1st, 1:38.27 (Pack, Sophie Williams, Robles, Emma Williams)

Girls 400 free relay, 3rd, 3:38.88 (Watson, Meloche, Sophie Williams, Emma Williams)

Ellen Pack, 2nd, 50 free, 23.92; 1st, 100 breast, 1:03.76

Sophia Bernal, 1st, 50 free, 23.67

Emma Williams, 4th, 50 free, 24.34; 2nd, 100 free, 53.17

Nicole Cox, 4th, 1-meter diving, 242.15

Linsey Watson, 5th, 200 free, 1:56.76; 5th, 500 free, 5:11.44

Kaylie Berkman, 6th, 100 fly, 59.67

Sophie Williams, 6th, 100 free, 54.62

Boys medley relay, 3rd, 1:37.37 (Duncan, Ishaan Lahoti, Chen, Betts)

Boys 200 free relay, 1st, 1:26.46 (Gaudette, Eckstrom, LaPrade, Betts)

Boys 400 free relay, 2nd, 3:11.49 (Gaudette, Guo, Eckstrom, LaPrade)

Davis Gaudette, 5th, 200 free, 1:45.33; 1st, 100 free, 47.57

Brandon Guo, 3rd, 200 IM, 1:58.02; 5th, 100 fly, 53.84

Sam LaPrade, 3rd, 50 free, 21.61; 5th, 100 free, 48.78

Carter Duncan, 5th, 200 IM, 1:59.43; 3rd, 100 back, 54.24

Ben Conacher, 3rd, 1-meter diving, 300.15

Sebastian Silva, 4th, 100 fly, 52.85

Eddie Eckstrom, 5th, 50 free, 21.93

Cole Betts, 6th, 50 free, 22.03

Chris Chen, 6th, 100 fly, 53.97

KATY

Girls medley relay, 4th, 1:52.27 (Lance, Caitlyn Rudd, Morgan, Anna Shadle)

Girls 200 free relay, 5th, 1:43.36 (Shadle, Alyssa Basaldua, Shivani Kapoor, Hunter)

Girls 400 free relay, 2nd, 3:38.05 (Lance, Gamez, Morgan, Hunter)

Brianna Cannon, 2nd, 1-meter diving, 248.25

Wednesday Hunter, 4th, 200 free, 1:55.93; 3rd, 100 free, 54.01

Jamie Morgan, 4th, 200 IM, 2:11.19; 3rd, 100 fly, 58.61

Fernanda Gamez, 4th, 500 free, 5:11.09; 4th, 100 back, 59.88

Kaelyn Lance, 6th, 100 back, 1:00.76

Boys medley relay, 6th, 1:44.87 (Luke Thompson, Kyle Hendon, Vito Kiseley, Matthew Tovar)

Boys 200 free relay, 5th, 1:31.51 (Connor See, Kennedy, Tovar, Zachary Oldham)

Boys 400 free relay, 5th, 3:19.51 (Kennedy, Hendon, See, Oldham)

John Sadler, 1st, 1-meter diving, 318.15

Jacob Adkisson, 4th, 1-meter diving, 258.00

Kevan Kennedy, 6th, 200 free, 1:46.21

MAYDE CREEK

Boys medley relay, 5th, 1:43.10 (Byron Keller, Durgin, Zachary Wallace, Jake Twardowski)

Boys 200 free relay, 6th, 1:33.27 (Durgin, Wallace, Twardowski, Keller)

Zachery Durgin, 4th, 100 breast, 1:00.48

MORTON RANCH

Girls medley relay, 6th, 1:57.93 (Anna Ng, Kizek, Lizbeth Rivera, Rommel Espinoza)

Girls 200 free relay, 6th, 1:44.75 (Kizek, Espinoza, Rivera, Ng)

Girls 400 free relay, 6th, 3:58.05 (Espinoza, Rivera, Ng, Gina Perez)

Frederica Kizek, 1st, 200 IM, 2:05.36; 2nd, 500 free, 5:05.21

Boys 400 free relay, 6th, 3:41.98 (Sebastian Barbosa, Michael Potthoff, Tanner Griffin, Thaddeus Bowen)

SEVEN LAKES

Girls medley relay, 5th, 1:53.85 (Valerie See, Cox, Killinger, Imanee Yates)

Girls 200 free relay, 4th, 1:40.49 (Follis, Alva Bjelland, Coakley, McNeese)

Girls 400 free relay, 4th, 3:39.61 (Follis, McNeese, Killinger, Coakley)

Summer Taylor, 1st, 1-meter diving, 378.55

Beth McNeese, 3rd, 200 IM, 2:07.74; 1st, 500 free, 4:57.91

Raegen Follis, 3rd, 200 free, 1:55.36

Jessica Coakley, 3rd, 500 free, 5:10.93

Kaitlyn Killinger, 5th, 100 fly, 59.46

Gracelyn Cox, 6th, 200 IM, 2:14.45; 5th, 100 breast, 1:08.22

Mikayla Kaplan, 6th, 1-meter diving, 234.85

Boys medley relay, 2nd, 1:37.23 (Stansel, Liao, Ahn, Cooke)

Boys 200 free relay, 2nd, 1:27.82 (Autry, Cooke, Mitchell, Coakley)

Boys 400 free relay, 1st, 3:11.29 (Autry, Ahn, Mitchell, Coakley)

Ethan Autry, 1st, 50 free, 21.08; 1st, 100 fly, 50.86

William Coakley, 1st, 200 free, 1:42.72; 2nd, 500 free, 4:38.95

Justin Liao, 2nd, 200 IM, 1:57.98; 1st, 100 breast, 58.16

Garrett Stansel, 3rd, 100 free, 48.58; 1st, 100 back, 53.71

Jake Mitchell, 2nd, 200 free, 1:43.05; 3rd, 500 free, 4:42.52

Chase Cooke, 4th, 50 free, 21.64; 2nd, 100 free, 47.96

Seungjoon Ahn, 4th, 200 free, 1:44.82; 4th, 500 free, 4:42.71

Andres Saa, 4th, 200 IM, 1:58.99; 5th, 500 free, 4:46.00

TAYLOR

Girls medley relay, 1st, 1:46.46 (Clark, Evans, Sticklen, Pashen)

Girls 200 free relay, 2nd, 1:38.59 (Pashen, Casas, Evans, Alvarez)

Girls 400 free relay, 1st, 3:33.03 (Sticklen, Nolte, Casas, Alvarez)

Natalia Casas, 1st, 200 free, 1:52.69; 1st, 100 free, 52.25

Emma Sticklen, 1st, 100 fly, 55.12; 1st, 100 back, 55.70

Emma Clark, 2nd, 200 free, 1:54.52; 2nd, 100 back, 56.47

Abbie Alvarez, 2nd, 200 IM, 2:05.40; 2nd, 100 breast, 1:04.61

Amy Evans, 2nd, 100 fly, 57.08; 4th, 100 breast, 1:05.96

Roxana Nolte, 4th, 100 fly, 58.74

Kat Pashen, 5th, 50 free, 24.48; 5th, 100 free, 54.62

Emma Xiao, 5th, 100 back, 1:00.43

Taylor Schababerle, 6th, 200 free, 1:57.11; 6th, 500 free, 5:16.36

Boys medley relay, 1st, 1:36.46 (Kopp, Alvarez, Alcott, Lee)

Boys 200 free relay, 3rd, 1:30.51 (Schmid, Morris, Alvarez, Youssof Mujahed)

Boys 400 free relay, 3:12.72 (Lee, Alcott, Schmid, Kopp)

Tyler Kopp, 1st, 200 IM, 1:55.65; 1st, 500 free, 4:38.59

Andrew Alcott, 2nd, 50 free, 21.57; 2nd, 100 fly, 51.73

Kevin Alvarez, 6th, 200 IM, 1:59.57; 2nd, 100 breast, 58.94

Andrew Lee, 3rd, 200 free, 1:43.39

Nick Schmid, 4th, 100 back, 54.84

Jared Morris, 6th, 100 free, 49.21; 6th, 100 back, 56.30

Ben Gettleman, 6th, 100 breast, 1:01.33

TOMPKINS

Girls medley relay, 2nd, 1:48.72 (Tran, Sippel, Norrid, Poulsen)

Girls 200 free relay, 3rd, 1:39.67 (Norrid, Tran, Poulsen, Shannon Cooley)

Girls 400 free relay, 5th, 3:46.21 (Megan Knicely, Cayla Won, Samantha Mok, Cooley)

Trinity Tran, 5th, 200 IM, 2:12.41; 3rd, 100 back, 58.13

Mia Norrid, 3rd, 50 free, 24.21; 6th, 100 breast, 1:09.26

Sofia Vasquez, 3rd, 1-meter diving, 247.25

Ali Sippel, 3rd, 100 breast, 1:05.56

Jasmine Cobb, 5th, 1-meter diving, 235.85

Cheryl Poulsen, 6th, 50 free, 24.83; 4th, 100 free, 54.17

Boys medley relay, 4th, 1:37.72 (Schmok, Wong, Guevara Quaglia, Mackie)

Boys 200 free relay, 4th, 1:31.10 (Rico Boone, Jack Vanzine, Hunter Bruno, Ryan Pham)

Boys 400 free relay, 4th, 3:18.21 (Bruno, Walker, Mackie, Wong)

Matthew Aigner, 2nd, 1-meter diving, 306.05

Brandon Schmok, 2nd, 100 back, 54.18

Oscar Guevara Quaglia, 3rd, 100 fly, 52.15

Christopher Wong, 3rd, 100 breast, 59.94

Ewan Mackie, 4th, 100 free, 48.74; 5th, 100 breast, 1:00.99

John Kuhlmann, 5th, 100 back, 55.07

Jace Walker, 6th, 500 free, 4:52.91

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