STAGS recap!

Dax Hill
Feb 26, 2019

Good afternoon Lone Star!

This past weekend LSAC athletes competed at the STAGS (South Texas Age Group Swimming) Championships in San Antonio. Over the course of the 3 day meet we saw some big time performances, efforts, and time drops!

STAGS is a championship level meet consisting of an AM prelims session and a PM evening session; to attend this meet you must post a qualification time standard. All qualifying athletes compete in the AM with the top-16 in each event returning for finals at night. Athletes qualifying 9th-16thcompete in a Consolation Final; athletes qualifying 1st-8thcompete in the Championship final with a chance to become the fastest athlete in South Texas (Waco-to-Brownsville).

Leading the charge was Jake McGill placing in the top-3 4 times in his 7 races scoring 99 of the 129 points for the boys’ 11thplace team finish. He also qualified for an additional 3 events heading into the TAGS--totalling 5 qualifying events. Jake was on fire wire-to-wire over the three days and while his success may seem sudden it began in September; it’s a perfect example of what happens when you show up to practice and work the process. Ian Clennan chipped in with a 6thplace finish in the 1650, Marco Guzman added a 16thplace finish in the 100 breast and a 7thplace finish in the 200 breast, and Jaden Yue added in a 13thplace finish in the 100 back.

On the ladies side it was an effort by committee as they competed to a 10thplace finish. Antonia Leese led the way  with an impressive 6thplace finish in her 100 breast and followed it up with a huge effort in the 200 breast placing 11th. A big time swim came from Kendal Kurowski in the 100 backstroke: Feeling under the weather Kendal showed some big time leadership answering the call in front of the 10 and under girls racing her way to a second place finish in the consolation final.

The 10 and under girls showed up to show out this weekend. Savanna Guidry notched in her first AA-time standard in the 100 free, Daphne Hofkamp continues to close the gap on the 50 fly TAGS time, Savina Smith qualified for finals in 5 out of 5 events, and Citlali Daguet notched her first AA-time in the 200 free…while swimming her fastest 50 and 100 free…in the same race! 

Last but not least—Annie Wang. This was Annie’s final short course STAGS with our team. Annie has been on our team since she was 6 years old and is the only swimmer on our team to have been with us since moving facilities from Mikki Kresbach (Round Rock HS pool) to the YMCA. She has consistently set the standard of what it means to be a Lone Star athlete not only competitively but as a student and teammate. She finished out her final STAGS as the champion in the 50 freestyle. During her short course career she has held 16 age group records including every 50 freestyle record and all but one 100 freestyle record. Way to go Annie!

Looking forward LSAC will be competing at TAGS (Texas Age Group Swimming) Championships down south in the Woodlands next weekend as we bring the short course season to a close. We are so very proud of all our athletes this year and everything they have accomplished thus far. We also look forward to seeing new athletes step up and qualify for these STAGS and TAGS meets over the upcoming long course season!

Thanks,

Coach Dax