Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Dragon Swim and Dive Teams Compete at UIL State Meet; Senior wins Fourth Straight State Title

Competing in the UIL State Swim and Dive Meet has become quite common for the Dragon student-athletes and coaches, but this year the meet looked a little different because of not only the COVID-19 precautions in place but also the winter storm that hit Texas recently. The change in schedule didn’t affect the Dragons too drastically as both teams still competed well with the Boy’s taking fourth overall in the state and the girls finishing in third place.

The Dragon boy’s team competed on Friday, February 26, with prelims at 10:00 a.m. and finals at 5:00 p.m. The team finished fourth out of 256 teams in Texas 6A. The Dragons were led by performances in the pool from Mason Edmund, Josh Pogue, Andrew Zettle, and others.

Manuel Borowski won the state title in diving and was named as the 6A Male Diver of the Year.

On the girl’s side, the Dragons competed on Friday, March 1, with prelims at 10:00 am and finals at 5:00 pm
The Lady Dragons finished third out of 256 teams in 6A.

Corbyn Cormack led the girls with a record-shattering weekend in the pool. Cormack took the state title in both the 200 meter IM relay and the 100-meter fly events.  Both times were team records for the Dragons. The 200-meter medley relay team featuring Cormack, Hailey Heldenbrand, Morgan Chocholek, and Ryley Heck finished second with an impressive race time of 1:43.74, which qualified them automatically as an All-American relay team. Cormack received the 6A Female Swimmer of the Year honor for her performance in the state meet.

Senior Hailey Hernandez wrapped up her Dragon diving career with another state title. Hernandez took the top spot for the fourth year in a row was the obvious choice for 6A Female Diver of the Year. Diving coach Carolyn Hryorchuk was named Coach of the year for 6A diving.

Complete Results:

State Relay finishes for the Dragon Boys included:

7th 200 medley relay 1:34.31 with Max Hatcher, Andrew Zettle, Christian Balint and Nicholas Swafford. *season-best – All-American Consideration

4th 400 free relay 3:03.28 with Andrew Zettle, Jack Pogue, Mason Edmund and Max Hatcher. *season-best” – All-American Automatic

Individual finishes for the Dragon Boys included:

4th Mason Edmund 200 free. 1:40.00. PR All-American Consideration.

7th Andrew Zettle. 200 free. 1:40.49. (1:39.76 in Prelims). All-American Consideration

13th Max Hatcher 200 IM. 1:53.42

5th Jack Pogue. 100 fly. 49.31. All-American Consideration

7th Andrew Zettle. 100 free. 46.05. (45.25 lead-off 400 free relay). PR. All-American Consideration

9th Mason Edmund 500 free. 4:28.19. (in Consolation Finals, 2nd fastest time in the meet!). PR. All-American Automatic

15th Max Hatcher 100 back. 51.10

Dragon Male Diving Results:

1st Manuel Borowski. Diving 535.10. All-American Automatic

5th Jackson Miller. Diving 497.45. All-American Automatic

6A Male State 6A Diver of the Year: Manuel Borowski

State Relay finishes for the Dragon Girls included:

2nd 200 medley relay 1:43.74 with Hailey Heldenbrand, Corbyn Cormack, Morgan Chocholek, and Ryley Heck *season-best – All-American Automatic

2nd 400 free relay 3:28.87. with Kate Heintz, Bailey Kaiser, Alexis Drap and Corbyn Cormack *season-best – All-American Consideration

Individual finishes for the Dragon Girls included:

6th Kate Heintz 200 free. 1:51.63

1st Corbyn Cormack 200 IM. 1:59.50. PR. All-American Automatic. Team Record

6th Hailey Heldenbrand 50 free 23.59. PR

1st Corbyn Cormack 100 fly 53.13. PR. All-American Automatic. Team Record

8th Kate Heintz 500 free. 4:58.50. season-best

Dragon Female Diving Results:

1st Hailey Hernandez. Diving 582.40. PR. All-American Automatic. Team Record

6A Female State Swimmer of the Year: Corbyn Cormack, Southlake Carroll

6A Female State Diver of the Year: Hailey Hernandez, Southlake Carroll

6A Diving Coach Of the Year: Carolyn Hryorchuk, Southlake Carroll

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