Centennial’s Eagle, Woolsey are state bound
Centennial junior Zack Eagle won’t be alone at the UIL Class 5A State swimming and diving championships this season.
Joining Eagle at state this year will be freshman diver Harli Woolsey. Eagle, who won a bronze medal last year at state in the 100-yard butterfly, will be making his third trip to state.
The pair qualified for state over the weekend at the Class 5A Region II championships in Mansfield.
The winner and second place finisher qualified for state.
The UIL Class 5A state swimming and diving championships will take place Feb. 16-17 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center on the campus University of Texas in Austin.
In the team standings, the Spartans scored 88 points to finish 10th and the Lady Spartans were 17th with 40 points.
“We swam really well,” Centennial coach Jeremy Martin said. “The kids were really motivated in what they wanted to achieve and made it happen.”
Eagle won a pair of events at regionals. He took first in the 200 freestyle in a school-record time of one minute, 43.36 seconds. In the 100 butterfly, Eagle won in a time of 51.37.
“It actually felt a little normal,” said Eagle, who admitted he didn’t get proper rest before the regional meet this season. “I didn’t expect (to qualify for state) because that isn’t a good attitude to have but it felt like it was deserved. I put in a lot of work this season to get back to state.”
Woolsey made history twice as the first Lady Spartan to qualify for state and she is the first Centennial girls student-athlete to qualify for state in two sports. Woolsey ran with Lady Spartans’ cross country team that finished third at state this season.
Woolsey, Centennial’s first diver, scored 288.80 points to win the diving title.
“I was so happy (to be going to state),” Woolsey said. “I was so proud getting to stand on the podium and getting to go to state in a sport that I was finally able to compete for a school. I don’t think anything could top being able to go to state as a team for the first time (in cross country). I don’t think anything could top that but it was a close second.”
Also in boys competition, junior Matthew May placed 19th in the 500 freestyle in a time of 5:56.26 and finished 22nd in the 50 freestyle in a time of 25.30.
The team of Eagles, freshman Parker Hancock, junior Ras Bumgardner and May finished seventh in the 200 freestyle relay in a time of 1:36.62. In the 400 freestyle relay, the team of Eagle, senior Beau Brown, freshman Parker Hancock and May placed ninth in a time of 3:40.89. The team of Brown, seniors Collin Ray and Matthew Farley and Bumgardner finished 14th in a time of 2:03.97.
In girls action, junior Taylor English placed 11th in the 100 backstroke in a school-record time of 1:08.09 and finished 20th in the 50 freestyle in a time of 28.28. In the 200 freestyle, freshman Jadyn Martin was 18th in a time of 2:18.79.
The Lady Spartans team of sophomore Elaina Chasteen, Martin, English and junior Abbie Qualls placed ninth in the 400 freestyle relay in a school-record time of 4:13.31. In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Chasteen, Qualls, English and Martin finished 10th in a school-record time of 1:52.47. The team of Martin, Qualls, junior Ashlee Sliddell and Chasteen placed 16th in the 200 medley relay in a time of 2:19.25.