The 2013-14 swimming season ended for Copperas Cove with some success at the regional meet last week in Rockwall.

Joanna Legare, Hannah Legare, Tarrah Strickland and Laurel Byrd swam their fastest time of the year in the girls 200 medley relay.

“Our girls were able to be competitive against some outstanding competition,” said Cove head coach Trish Stoddard. “This season was a work in progress for the four of them. All four will be back next year and I expect them to make the finals at regionals. Their attitudes are great. They saw some tough competition. Now they know what they must do to be competitive, and they’re willing to work for it.”

Some members of the Cove boys swimming team did make the regional finals last week.

Tyler King, Mathew Larsen, Christopher Hastings and Kyle Helmer made it to the finals in the 200 free relay.

In the 400 free relay, King, Hastings, Helmer and Joseph Hotz made the finals and, in the process, broke the all-time Cove school record.

“I was pretty impressed that they broke the school record,” Stoddard said. “The competition was tough but their adrenaline was flowing and they did awesome.

“I do want to add that Zach Lineback was an alternate and he filled in when we needed him to and he did his best for the team. Next year, I expect him to be on the ‘A’ team relay.”

Helmer, a junior, made the finals in the 50 free.

“Kyle Helmer hit 23.40 and the school record is 23.21,” Stoddard said. “Next year, I have no doubt that he’ll break that record.”

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