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Another Southlake Dynasty

Apr 02, 2013 10:13AM ● By tina

Carroll's swimming & diving program makes waves of glory as the reigning 5A powerhouse - Photo courtesy of Rex Teter

Dragon Sports by Rick Herrin

The latest local powerhouse dominating the state sports landscape is Carroll’s swimming and diving program. They have built a dynasty, blazing a path to the top of the podium each year, making Carroll the team to beat in Class 5A swimming and diving. The program is simply wringing wet with success after winning the Class 5A team titles again this year.

At this rate, Coach Kevin Murphy might want to pack a swimsuit for the state meet. After each title, Murphy’s tradition has been to dive head first into the pool. Fully dressed in his dress clothes and green tie, Murphy got drenched again this year — the routine is becoming more familiar and entertaining each successive year.

“Every year is different, with different captains, leaders and relay swimmers and different line-up combinations and possibilities,” says Murphy. “It’s very exciting to see our Dragons strive toward their state championships.”

Along with the titles came the accolades…

·      Jonathan Roberts, 5A Boys Swimmer of the Year

·      Bryce Klein, 5A Boys Diver of the Year

·      Kevin Murphy, 5A Coach of the Year

·      Carolyn Hryorchuk, 5A Diving Coach of the Year

Along with the accolades came more team history…

The Dragon boys swim team won the 5A state swimming and diving title for the third consecutive year, producing a commanding three-peat of impressive point totals. The Dragons finished with 279 total points, 112 points ahead of second-place The Woodlands. The Lady Dragons also defended their title. The two programs have five state titles between them, all won in just three years.

And more individual history…

Jonathan Roberts, a junior, finished the year in fine fashion winning the gold in the 200- and 500-meter freestyle events. Along the way, he established a 200-meter state record with a time of 1:36.14. “Jonathan Roberts is a kid that humbly goes about his work with a smile on his face and with words of encouragement for all the swimmers on our team,” Murphy says. “As a junior, he is already one of the very best high-school swimmers in the nation.”

Roberts was also part of a school-record setting and gold-medal-winning 400-meter freestyle relay with teammates John Remetta, Grayson Macgruder and Jake Tovey.

Dragon diver Bryce Klein, an SMU signee, made his return to the top of the state podium. Klein won the 5A one-meter diving title and set the state record for points with 622.05. It marked the second title in three years for Klein, who was an Olympic hopeful last summer.

“He will do a fine job at SMU next year, putting SMU diving on the map for the next four years,” Murphy says. “He is the very best male diver in the history of Texas high-school diving.”

The Lady Dragon 200-meter free relay team finished second and was composed of Lindsay Schultz, Emily Zapinski, Ashlin Anderson and Emily Gibson. The time of 1:35.89 set a school record. Gibson also finished second in the 100-meter fly with a school record of 55.73.

The girls’ 400-meter free relay added another second-place win with the team of Schultz, Zapinski, Alexa Baran and Rebecca Upton. Lauren Crown added to Carroll’s outstanding diving performance with a second-place finish.

“What makes our Dragon swim and dive teams so strong is that they define their individual success by the success of the team,” Murphy says.

Rick Herrin is the Carroll ISD Communications and Marketing Department's Video Webmaster.  He also works closely with the athletic department covering events and managing sports news for the district.  He is a long-time follower of Dragon athletics and formerly covered Carroll as a sports reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Grapevine Sun.