The Waxahachie swim team competed at the District 16-4A swim meet on Saturday at Splash Station in Cleburne.
Five relay teams qualified for Waxahachie to advance to the regional swim meet in Conroe on Feb. 13-14.
In the individual events, eight swimmers qualified for the regional meet for Waxahachie.
“I was very proud of the effort of our swimmers at the district meet,” WHS swim coach Tamara Pruitt said. “We are swimming against schools with much larger swim programs and swimmers that compete in year round competitions, so to be able to place in the top-six in the individual events is great.”
Caleb Brown placed second in the 50-meter free style, earning a trip to Conroe.
“Senior, Caleb Brown, missed winning the 50 free by 14/100ths of a second. He should do well at the regional meet and I expect him to make it to the finals on Saturday,” Pruitt said.
The top-six places in each district event advanced to regionals.
“Sophomore, Kristi Clem qualified in two events again, and I also expect her to swim in the finals at regional,” Pruitt said.
Clem earned third place in the 50-meter free and 100-meter free while Jory Hamilton earned fifth place in the 200 individual medley.
Tori Kvapil finished sixth in the 200-meter freestyle to advance to the regional meet.
Waxahachie boys who advanced are Logan McDonald, Hunter Storz, Justin Miller and Stephen Erickson.
McDonald earned sixth place in the 50-meter free while Storz finished in sixth place in the 200-meter free.
Miller earned sixth place in the 100-meter backstroke as Erickson earned sixth place in the 100-meter breast stroke.
The boys qualified three relay teams by placing third in the 200-meter medley, 200-meter free and the 400-meter free. The following boys were a part of the relays: Daniel Adkins, Logan McDonald, Caleb Brown, Chris Tosch, Justin Miller, Eddie Sneed, Stephen Erickson, Conrad Bates, Hunter Storz and Blake Wright.
The girls qualified two relay teams as they placed third in the 200-meter medley and second in the 200-meter free. The girls relay teams were made up of Kvapil, Morgan McDonald, Hamilton and Clem.
“Our girl’s 200 relay team placed fifth at regionals last year and I also expect them to do well again this year. To advance to the state competition, you have to win regionals or be in the next top-eight times in the state. It’s very difficult to reach that level, but with swimming, anything is possible when you’re talking about 100ths of a second differences in many placings,” Pruitt said.
This season, the WHS swimmers had to overcome several tough odds to advance to the regional meet.
One of those odds was practicing outdoors at the Waxahachie YMCA.
The team practiced in all types of weather conditions, something no other school had to do.
By overcoming several hardships, the success of this year’s team is remarkable.
With many underclassmen, the Waxahachie swim program will compete for the regionals in several years to come.