Saturday, March 2, 2024

Making a splash: Granbury High School swim teams take home first place

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Granbury High School’s swim teams clinched first place at their first meet of the new year Jan. 6 and closed out their regular season.

The competition consisted of 12 events ranging from distance diving to freestyle and everything in between. The Granbury team consists of a boys’ team with 17 students and a girls’ team with 14 students. There is a variety of ages among the students, but they all have the same passion for swimming.

Each student is ranked based on their performance and then scored by a point value. Once each event is finished, the points are then counted to see where the most points landed. The boys team raked in a total of 361 points with the next closest school coming in at 244 points. The girls team earned 437 points while the next closest team scored 308 points.

Kensington Loving and Avery Young placed first in the 200-yard medley relay; Mylie Erezo placed first in the 50-yard freestyle as well as the 200-yard relay alongside Madison Erezo and the 400-yard freestyle relay alongside Young; Braxton Heffernan placed first in the 50-yard freestyle as well as the 200-yard freestyle relay alongside Noah Brown; Jina Kim placed first in the 100-yard backstroke; Michela Petretto placed second in the 200-yard IM; and Heffernan and Cameron Ward placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

“It was really exciting and great to see them come together as a group,” GHS head swim coach Charles Overton said. “They really all started to click and mesh, and coming home with a first-place win at a big invitation like that for the first time this season was really great. We went up against some really fast teams, and it was nice to see their hard work and dedication they have put in all year pay off.”

The teams are now getting ready to compete at the district meet Jan. 26, where the boys team hopes to redeem its title as previous district champion; the girls placed third last year. The boys team also was the regional runner up for the fourth year in a row. The girls’ team placed fourth at the regional level. Five students also qualified for the state championship.

“We would love to win district for both the boys and girls and then be regional champions as well,” Overton said. “We are going to try to get as many kids as we can to qualify for state and make a big impact at that level.”

To keep up with the teams, follow them on Facebook under Granbury High School Pirate & Lady Pirate Swim Team.