Julia Cook Scores 2 5A Records, Rachel Ramey Takes 1 At TX 5A State

Sophomores Julia Cook of Bryan and Rachel Ramey of Frisco Heritage each set 5A records at the 2016 Texas 5A State Swim Meet, but Frisco High School came away with the team title.

Full results here.

Cook first demolished the 100 free record, a 50.39 set last year by Caitlin Clements, in prelims with 49.63. She then came back to finals to lower it even further, clocking 49.27. Cook also had a win and record in the 50 free, defending her state title from last year. In this event, she took down the 23.16 mark set by Skylar Smith in 2009 in prelims by swimming 22.86. She came back to finals on Saturday to win the event in 22.96.

Meanwhile, Ramey annihilated the 100 breast record in both prelims and finals. The previous record was a 1:03.13 set by Madisyn Cox, but Ramey went a blazing 1:01.90 in prelims and an even faster 1:01.78 in finals. Kylie Powers of Fort Bend, the defending champion, also came in under the mark, but her 1:02.89 wasn’t quite fast enough to catch Ramey.

The Frisco Fightin’ Raccoons battled throughout the meet with the Houston Stratford team, but the Raccoons came up on top, finishing the meet with 187 points to Stratford’s 156.5. Frisco’s highest placement came in the 400 free relay, where Lindsay Ryalls, Emily Sandwisch, Rylee Lin, and Mallori Allen outtouched Magnolia for a 3:30.48 to Magnolia’s 3:30.71.

The other two relays went to College Station A&M’s Maria de Figueiredo, Yanichka Ariunbold, Danielle Scott, and Jessica Peng, who won the 200 free relay in 1:37.58, narrowly outswimming Magnolia West’s 1:37.85, and Houston Stratford’s Morgan Reyna, Brittany Baerg, Emma Stephenson, and Kaitlyn White, who won the 200 medley in 1:48.13, just ahead of Frisco’s 1:48.56.

Stephenson won her second gold medal of the meet in the 100 fly, where she clocked 55.13 to second-place Denison freshman Lindsay Looney’s 55.38. Looney took a title of her own in the 200 IM, winning the event in 2:02.68.

Sophomore Gabrielle Kopen of Prosper won a pair of titles in the mid-distance free events, defending her double individual championships from last year. She didn’t quite hit her 5A state record in either event though. She won the 200 free in 1:47.13 and the 500 free in 4:44.56, narrowly missing her records from last year’s meet: 1:46.80 and 4:42.16.

Abby Koczo, another freshman, won the 100 back for her Frisco Reedy team, finishing well ahead of the field in 55.78.

Sine Scribbick, a junior from San Antonio Alamo Heights, won the 1 meter diving gold medal, scoring 479.75 points to second place Frisco Liberty’s Lauren Burrell‘s 406.35.

Top Teams:

  1. Frisco: 187
  2. Houston Stratford: 156.5
  3. College Station A&M: 137
  4. Magnolia: 131
  5. San Antonio Alamo Heights: 123

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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