With most of the teams that make up District 12-5A in attendance, the Belton swim teams showed they will once again be a force when the district meet rolls around in January.
The Belton girls took the team title while the boys finished second at the Killeen Independent School District Invitational on Saturday.
“It shows the strength of the program,” Belton swim coach Mike Burt said. “If you consider where we finished last year, there hasn’t been an overly significant drop-off on the guy’s side and the girls keep marching along.”
Temple was the lone district team to not compete at the KISD meet over the weekend.
The Belton girls dominated with 400 team points and Georgetown finished second with 138. The Belton boys accumulated 234 team points, 64 fewer than Waco Midway.
A total of eight Lady Tigers swimmers medaled in individual events, led by Margaret Murphy and Megan Nitcher.
Nitcher took the top prize in both the girls 50-yard freestyle (25.77 seconds) and 100 freestyle (57.22) races.
Murphy took the gold in the girls 200 individual medley (2:21.77) and 100 breaststroke. She was also a part of the relay team that won the bronze in the 200 medley relay (1:59.99).
Samantha Pentico was one of Murphy’s teammates on the relay team and also won the 100 backstroke (1:06.91).
Troy Morrow led the Tigers on the boys side, winning gold in the 200 freestyle (1:53.01), bronze in the 100 freestyle (52.28) and helping the relay team win silver in both the 200 (1:36.15) and 400 (3:32.94) relays.
Hannah Legare is lead Aquadawg
Hannah Legare proved to be the leader of the Copperas Cove Lady Aquadawgs pack during the meet last week.
The Aquadawgs took sixth place while the Lady Aquadawgs finished seventh.
Legare took the bronze in the girls 100 backstroke (1:12.38) and also helped the girls relay team to a top-five finish in the 200 medley (2:13.79).
Joanna Legare, who also swam in the 200 medley relay, finished eighth in the 200 freestyle (2:17.09).
Castro posts top-5 finish
Kelsey Castro posted a top-five finish for the Harker Heights Lady Knights in the 200 IM (2:29.42). Castro also posted a seventh-place finish in the 100 butterfly (1:13.47).
Castro also helped the relay team take the No. 8 spot in the 200 medley (2:15.07) and 200 freestyle (1:59.15).
Nicholas Meyer missed medaling by one spot in the boys 500 free (5:22.21) while Caitlin Fleming posted an eighth-place finish in the girls 500 freestyle (6:21.22).
The Heights girls finished seventh overall.
Bradley soars for Lady Eagles
Another weekend brought another pair of finishes for Ellison’s Maryssa Bradley.
Bradley took the top prize in both the 200 freestyle (2:06.62) and 500 freestyle (5:43.07).
She was joined by Kaitlyn Haney, Lauryn Chase and Danielle Johnson on the girls 400 freestyle (4:31.60) relay team that finished fifth.
“Most of the kids on our team dropped a lot of time and I think that’s encouragement for them,” Ellison coach Ellen Burnett said. “As we get into the middle of the season, they get tired and it starts to wear on them.”
Grey Wolves relay team posts top-10 finishes
The Shoemaker Grey Wolves had a pair of relay teams finish in the Top 10 during the KISD meet over the weekend.
The quartet of Jason McDonald, Kejuan Tate, Kelvin Pena and Robert Wilson finished seventh in the 200 medley (1:59.19) relay.
Michael Wesolowski teamed with Tate, Pena and Wilson to finish 10th in the 200 freestyle (1:46.33) relay.
Wilson was the top individual finisher for Shoemaker, finishing ninth in the 100 breaststroke (1:16.22).
Roos’ McCain takes ninth
Grant McCain was off the diving board this week and in the swimming pool for the Killeen Kangaroos.
The junior finished ninth in the boys 100 freestyle (55.87) and helped the Killeen boys relay team also take ninth in the 200 freestyle (1:46.20) relay.
The Lady Roo relay team finished 10th in the 400 freestyle relay (5:37.62).