All six swimmers from the Red Oak High School swim team qualified for the regional meet to be held Feb. 2 and 3 at the University of Houston.

The boys and girls teams both placed fourth in overall competition with every swimmer placing in individual events.

“We work each week to improve our times. Swimming is like other sports, you keep an eye on your competition in the district and region, then work hard to beat them. Deep inside each swimmer is the dream of swimming at the state meet, but we focus on one meet at a time and just do our best each week to improve,” coach Gretchen Gnoza stated.

Maddie Hooper took fourth in the 200 meter freestyle and third in the 100 meter butterfly. Casey Krywalski took fifth in the 200 meter individual medley and eighth in the 100 meter backstroke.

For the boys, senior Jeremy Gnoza won the district title in the 500 meter freestyle and second in the 100 meter breaststroke. Zach Gnoza took fifth in the 200 meter individual medley and eighth in the 100 meter breaststroke. Bobby Krywalski took fifth in the 50 meter freestyle and sixth in the 100 meter butterfly. Andy Palmer took sixth int he 200 meter individual medley.

The boys finished third in both the 200 meter medley relay and the 200 meter freestyle relay.

“We work each week to improve our times. Swimming is like other sports, you keep an eye on your competition in the district and region, then work hard to beat them. Deep inside each swimmer is the dream of swimming at the state meet, but we focus on one meet at a time and just do our best each week to improve,” Gnoza continued.

“. I tell the kids not to dwell on the fact that our team is considerably smaller than the others. The other teams know the Red Oak swimmers are tough competition and will place high at every meet,” Gnoza said.