Centennial's Eagle makes history at state swim meet
When Centennial sophomore Zack Eagle stepped on the deck of the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin Saturday afternoon he had one thought in his head, to do something special.
“I always qualify for TISCA (meet finals) and ended up in the outside lane where no one expects you to win,” Eagle said. “Today, I had this thought in my head that I could show them something amazing from an outside lane. I wanted to show them something that they wouldn’t expect.”
Eagle did just that coming out of lane one to finish third in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 50.86 seconds at the UIL Class 5A swimming and diving championships.
At the end of the race, Eagle wasn’t sure where he finished until he looked at the timing board.
“I just saw the three next to my name and I flipped out,” Eagle said. “Then I looked at coach and he was jumping around. I didn’t know where my parents were (in the stands) but I knew they would be freaking out. Then I heard my dad scream.’
The sophomore made history becoming the first Burleson ISD athlete to medal at state after becoming the first to win a regional title.
Eagle said he was beside himself after seeing he had finished third. Seconds later he saw that Lubbock’s Justin Fell had finished one-hundred of a second behind him in fourth place.
As a freshman, Eagle set his goals for his high school swimming career.
On the medal stand, Eagle said he felt really good and that all his hard work had paid off.
His plan sophomore was to qualify for the ‘A’ final at the state meet and then medal in his junior year.
Now he’s ahead of schedule and could challenge next season for a state title.
Later in the meet, Eagle competed in the 100 backstroke ‘B’ final and finished 16th overall in a time of 54.05. Eagle said the emotions he was going through after his medal performance hurt him in his second event.
“I was freaking out so much after the 100 fly that I didn’t warm up as a much a usually do,” Eagle said.
That’s just another experience Eagle can build on next season.