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Dragon Pride Spring Sports Review: Swimming and Diving

Apr 28, 2014 01:42PM ● Published by Dia

Photo Courtesy of Rex Teter.

Season Update

2014 5A Boys State Champions

2014 5A Girl s State Runner-Ups

As the 2013-2014 swimming and diving season came to a conclusion, one thing proved for certain: both the boys and girls teams showed their dominance once again. The current district championship streak is now at 10 years and running. The boys team won its fourth consecutive state title, and the girls team fell just one point short of a three-peat, finishing another great season in the top two in the state.  Owning the state of Texas over the past four years, the Dragons swimming and diving team ranks as the number one program in the state, boasting scores of talented athletes at the next level.

Continuing their excellence in district for the ninth year in the row, both Dragon teams came away with championships in district. Using a great regular season to propel postseason dominance in the state meet, the Dragons tapped into the remedy for their recent successes. The boys team enjoyed their four-peat in dominant fashion, totaling 45 points more than state runner-up Northside Brandeis to finish the meet with a score of 192. The girls team also made waves in the state tournament; however, they fell just short of capturing a state title, totaling one point behind state champion Austin Westlake to end a remarkable year. Once again, head coach Kevin Murphy’s teams have honored the gift and protected the tradition.

 

About the team

Running through competition in district 5-5A, the 2013-2014 boys and girls swimming and diving team enjoyed another season of bliss, extending its streak of finishing in the top three in the state to five consecutive years. The boys took home the 5A state trophy, and the girls finished as the 5A runner-up.

Several end-of-season accolades were handed out to Dragon athletes as the girls and boys teams produced a combined 45 regional qualifiers. University of Texas commit Jonathan Roberts led the boys team in 2013-2014, finishing a great career for the Dragons in dominant fashion. An All-American, Roberts won both of his individual events for the second year in a row, winning the 100 backstroke and the 500 free. Making his final meet his most memorable, Roberts recorded an astonishing 4:16:90 in the 500 free, good enough to place him in the top five nationally in the event’s history. A 200-medley team of Roberts, senior Austin Arkes, freshman Gus Karau and senior Kris Kolde also took home first place with a time of 1:34.93.

The girls team, which produced 21 of the swimming and diving team’s 45 regional qualifiers, featured many great talents within the program, proving to be atop of a district home to three of the top five teams in the state. The 400-meter relay team of Casey Rose, Rebecca Upton, Alexa Baran and Emily Gibson won first place in the state tournament with a time of 3:28.61. Rose will return as the only underclassman from this year’s relay team. Gibson followed her gold in the 400-meter relay with a bronze medal in the 200 IM 2:03.52, ending a stellar career as a Dragon. 

 

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The boys and girls swimming and diving teams have won their district titles a record 10 years in a row.

 

Head swim coach: Kevin Murphy

Assistant coach: Lynne Gorman

Diving coach: Carolyn Hryorchuk

 

BOYS

Aaron Cosenza       Sr

Alex Moraru              So

Andrew Walker         So

Austin Arkes             Sr

Austin Whalen         So

Brandon Everett       Jr

Carson Klein             Jr

Connor Dobbs         Sr

Eric Hart                     Fr

Evan Kolde                Fr

Gavin Springs           So

Griffin Rea                 Fr

Gus Karau                 Fr

John Everett              Jr

Josh Villarreal           Fr

Kris Kolde                  Sr

Kyle Derevyanik        Jr

Kyle McCall               Jr

Luke McFarland      Fr

Matt Barnhart          Jr

Matt Wiseman         Sr

Nate Hernandez       So

Taylor Willenbring   Sr

Wesley Song             Jr

 

 

GIRLS

 Abby Cosenza          Fr

Alexa Baran               Sr

Annika Ittiruck          So

Ashley Baker          Jr

Brooke Parra             So

Casey Rose                Jr

Elizabeth Nedrow    Sr

Emilee Torres            Jr

Emily Gibson            Sr

Haley Vassios           Sr

Heather Carpenter   Fr

Jaycie Adamson       Jr

Jennifer Owston      Jr

Jennifer Talbert        Jr

Katelyn Johnson      So

Katie Nedrow            So

Maddie Keiser          So

Maddie O’Brian        Jr

Miranda Faust          Fr

Nasha Luevit             So

Olivia Coffey             So

Rebecca Upton        Sr

Sarah Zobrist            Sr

Taylor Schimek         Jr

 

 

 

 

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