It was an exciting weekend for Kingwood youth as both high schools claimed victory in the pool!
The Kingwood High School boys swimming and diving team captured the UIL 6A Swimming and Diving State Meet in Austin Saturday, Feb. 15 while on the girls’ side, the Lady Mustangs placed second. In addition, the Kingwood Park boys won the 5A State Meet.
It was the sixth state championship for the Kingwood boys and first since 2009. The Mustangs amassed 189.5 points and edged second-place The Woodlands (186) by less than four points.
The 200-medley relay team of Garret Green, Owen Pickering, Luke Langley and Victor Tremblay took home a silver medal with a time of 1 minute, 31.58 seconds. Kingwood’s 200-free relay team of Tremblay, Green, Connor Little and Gabe Roberts earned a bronze medal with a time of 1:23.77.
Pickering swam fourth (56.46) in the 100 breaststroke while Tremblay placed fourth (1:39.13) in the 200 free, and seventh (45.82) in the 100 free. Green swam fifth (48.68) in the 100 fly and 11th (50.98) in the 100 back.
Brendan Studder finished fifth (1:50.53) in the 200 I.M. and Beck Parnham placed seventh (4:31.49) in the 500 free and 12th (1:52.80) in the 200 I.M. Little took ninth (1:39.85) in the 200 free and 10th (21.95) in the 100 free. Langley swam 10th (50.14) in the 100 fly while Andy Steinkamp (57.82) and Studder (57.94) swam 12th and 13th in order in the 100 breaststroke.
The Kingwood girls’ team tallied 235 points. Southlake Carroll won the team title with 284 points. The 400-free relay team took home a bronze medal with a time of 3:25.93. The team was comprised of Kylee Grafmiller, Alexis Newman, Sophie Ebert and Serena Gould.
Grafmiller earned the silver medal in the 500 free with a time of 4:49.20, and the 200-medley relay team earned a bronze medal with a time of 1:44.25. The group included Abigail Aherns, Meredith Fagen, Newman and Madi Lloyd.
In the 100 backstroke, Newman (53.99), Ahrens (55.37) and Lloyd (55.58) swam second, third and fourth in order and scored a total of 48 points for the Lady Mustangs.
The Kingwood Park High School boys rolled up 215 points to win the state crown by an astounding 59 points over its closest competitor, Frisco Wakeland. This is their fifth state title. The Panthers set a Class 5A state record in the 200-free relay, winning the gold medal in 1:24.08. Brendan Flaherty, Frankie Zelasko, Christian Ripp and Braden Hunt teamed up to set the record.
The 400-free relay team also took home the gold, finishing in 3:05.18 with Logan Rushing, Zelasko, Braden Hunt and Flaherty comprising the group. The Panthers’ 200-medley relay team of Tyler Scott, Carter Bennett, Rushing and Ripp captured a bronze medal with a time of 1:35.57.