Texas high school swimming’s loaded Region IV produced more than half the state-qualifying swims in Class 6A as Austin Westlake rolled away with boys and girls titles.
In Texas high school swimming, the region meets serve as the qualifier for the state championships. Every event winner from each of the 8 regions earns a state berth, after which, the next 8 fastest times statewide are invited as “call-ups” to the state championship meet.
When all the results were tallied, Region IV held the fastest call-up time in 16 of the 22 events between both genders. On top of that, the region accounted for 99 state-qualifying swims (56 from the girls and 43 from the boys) out of 176 total swims that earned spots at the state meet.
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On the girls’ side, Westlake won the meet by 35 despite winning just a single event. That came from junior Victoria Edwards, who took home the 100 fly title in 54.55. But Westlake was deep, taking second in all three relays and getting runner-up finishes from Edwards in the 100 back (55.20), Dakota Luther in the 200 free (1:47.89) and Catriona MacGregor in the 100 breast (1:04.57).
Their closest challengers were the girls of The Woodlands High, who won 6 of the meet’s 11 events. Lucie Nordmann was a part of four of those wins, leading the 200 medley relay (1:42.40) and 400 free relay (3:26.67) while winning the 100 back over Edwards in 53.58 and the 50 free in 23.02. Of note in that 50 – 7 of the 8 A finalists qualified for the state meet.
Joining the sophomore Nordmann were freshman Zoe Gawronska and Caitlin Reynera, both of whom won individual events for the young Woodlands team. Gawronska won the 500 free in 4:46.88 and Reynera the 100 breast in 1:02.89.
College Park sophomore Monica Gumina doubled up on wins, taking the 200 free (1:47.89) and 100 free (50.22), and other wins went to Austin Bowie’s Diana Dunn in the 200 IM (2:01.38) and Atascocita High in the 200 free relay (1:36.09).
Top 5 Girls Teams
- Austin Westlake – 348
- The Woodlands – 313
- Kingwood – 230
- Atascocita – 229
- College Park – 179
Westlake was stronger at the top on the boys side, winning 5 of 11 events.
Sophomore Matthew Willenbring picked up three wins total, taking the 200 IM (1:51.32) and 100 breast (57.54) while leading off the winning 200 free relay (1:25.23).
He was joined by junior Will Thomas, who went 4:27.99 to win the 500 free, and Westlake also went 3:04.22 to take home the 400 free relay title.
Westwood’s Preston Varozza was the senior standout of the meet, winning three races. He led off the winning 200 medley relay for Westwood (1:33.22) and also took individual titles in the 100 free (45.44) and 100 back (49.34). Also doubling up was Kingwood senior David Morejon, who won the 200 free (1:38.14) and 100 fly (49.45).
Klein Oak junior Keith Gill cracked 21 in winning the 50 free. He was 20.97 for that title.
Top 5 Boys Teams
- Austin Westlake – 316
- The Woodlands – 293
- Kingwood – 237
- Westwood – 221
- Klein Oak – 159