March 11, 2019
Just want to brag on our high schoolers a bit....
Most of our high school group swims for the public or private school while swimming for Ohana. This means they are working a tremendous schedule with double practices Mon through Friday, Saturdays with us and a mix of meets swimming the full schedule for their schools and for Ohana. By the time the season finishes in Feb/Mar most have gone through 2-4 tapers sacrificing some training in order to go fast earlier for high school. I can say without a doubt ending our second short course season was even more excellent than our first. These kids can and will push through all sorts of obstacles in life in order to race. It is not always a successful swim, and this is expected; however, they can almost always successfully get beyond the bad race and move into the next - a tremendous life skill they can use forever. They amaze me every day!
We have students at three private schools and they all made it to their TAPPS State meet in Dallas in February. Concordia - Alexa Escamilla for relays, Emma Kiel for relays and 100 Breast. Northland - Kenzie Hoffman made it in 100 Free and 200 IM. Frassati - Genevieve Manning - made it in 50 and 100 Free, both relays and her Medley relay won the meet! Fantastic job ladies!
Our UIL/public school athletes swim at Klein, Klein Cain, Klein Collins and Klein Oak. At JV Districts our swimmers from Klein and Oak stole some shows in the pool with Reilly Vander Neut winning the 200 Free and Kendall Mills winning the 500 Free - neither were anywhere near seeded to be a player, but they took the top of the podium from unexpected heats and lanes while dropping some major time! Angela Wu is one who swims faster in practice than at meets but she finally got it right and raced her tail off. Maddie Buffington shined in the pool just as she does in theater productions.
At the Varsity level, the goal is to "get out" of districts to earn a Regional berth - top six in each event make it to Regions. This is no easy feat for any athlete. Oak's Taryn Kooyers made it in 100 Fly, Lauren Kriendler got her 100 Free, Riley Johnson made her 100 back, Sammy Wittmer in the 50 and 100 Free, Marissa Carlson in the 100 Fly and 100 Back, Halli Williams in the 50 and 100 Free, and Jordan Hennig in the 50 Free and 100 Back. We have two new swimmers who also made it on their relays - Genna Davenport has rejoined us after swimming only high school for the fall and she brought her friend Macie Lindenmeir with her from Cain - so happy to have them both! Bryson Wylie earned his first A time at Districts which set him up nicely for our Champs meet (more on that later- very exciting)!
At Regions, the goal then becomes going for a 6A State berth - the top 2 in every event make it automatically and the next top 8 times from all over Texas qualify as call-ups. Texas is a fast swimming state with alot of depth in every event. All of Ohana was racing lights out, best times, best relay splits, making finals and most of all seeing them from all of their different schools being supportive of not only their Ohana, but their friends on other clubs. We have some great kids. Three of our Klein ladies made the state team: Marissa Carlson a relay, Halli Williams for her 50 Free and 2 relays, and Jordan Hennig for her 50 Free and 3 relays.
The State meet tensions rise - the meet is unbelievably fast! It was a bumpy start for the Klein team in prelims with both girls and boys Medley relays getting disqualified (a moment of truth - process and move on or let it ruin the meet). They processed and got on with business! Halli had the bittersweet experience of being tied as first alternate for finals - she could have walked away from the swim off but chose to swim and put up a better time, hooray! Jordan Hennig also a little bummed with her prelim performance, was 9th and finished 9th in the 50 Free final. The second day was better for the ladies - the 200 Free Relay won (the photo for the article)! If you would like to see the footage, here is a link - Klein is lane 4 from top (Longbottom, our Halli Williams, Vindiola, our Jordan Hennig).
The moral of the video is twofold: state meets are super loud! And winning a turn can and will win a race (kids get ready for ALOT more turn work!).
2019-20 High School Swim Season - Prep is already beginning!
So proud of them all! And looking forward to the 8th graders moving up!