Even though the page on the calendar has turned and a new year is here, the Belton Tigers swim team hopes for the same results as last year’s District 12-5A swim meet.
If Saturday’s Belton New Year Invitational Meet results are any indication, the Tigers will once again show their claws at the district meet later this month.
Tristan Boss and Eric Belcher had some strong individual and team relay showings to help Belton take second place at the meet on Saturday.
“Now we can focus on what we need to be focused on,” Belton coach Mike Burt said.
The Tigers finished with 364.50 points, 58 behind Round Rock, which won both the boys and girls team titles. The Belton girls finished fourth with a total of 318.50 points.
Belton will host the district meet on Jan. 24 and 25, and for Burt, the placing wasn’t as important as how the participants swam and the momentum they built.
“Bottom line is the results don’t have a whole lot of meaning in terms of how well or not well a season goes,” Burt said. “It’s all about the next couple of weeks in preparation for the district meet.”
Boss had his top individual race in the boys 100-yard butterfly, finishing second with a time of 57.42 seconds.
The junior was close to taking the top spot in the race, finishing 0.17 seconds behind Cedar Park senior Matt Sananikone.
Boss also helped the Tiger relay team win the 400 freestyle (3:26.57) ahead of Cedar Park and Round Rock Vista Ridge.
Belcher placed third in the boys 100 backstroke (1:00.08). The Tigers also won the 200 freestyle relay (1:35.59).
The Belton girls duo of Maggie Murphy and Megan Nitcher had another good showing over the weekend.
Nitcher won silver in the 100 butterfly (1:01:73) Murphy took the bronze in the 50 freestyle (26.07).
Murphy and Nitcher also helped the Lady Tigers relay team to finish second in both the 200 medley (1:57.54) and 200 freestyle (1:46.73) races.