Experience should pay off for Eagle
As a freshman last season, Centennial’s Zach Eagle approached swimming at the UIL Class 5A state swimming and diving championships as “like any other meet.”
After not advancing to the “A” final in either the 200-yard individual medley or 100 backstroke, Eagle said he had learned his lesson about the state meet.
“I learned swimming at state isn’t just another meet,” Eagle said last year. “It was a lot different. The nerves are definitely gone now.”
Friday night, Eagle will make history becoming the first Spartan and BISD athlete to compete in two state swimming championships. That goes along with Eagle’s plan to compete all four seasons at state.
The goal for this season is to reach the “A” finals on Saturday at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin.
Eagle comes into the meet with the sixth fastest time in the 100 butterfly and he’s seeded 11th in the 100 backstroke.
“My goal is to make it to the ‘A’ final and we’ll just see what happens from there,” Eagle said. “I think there is a chance to medal but I’m not too confident. My main goal is make the top eight.”
The experience he gained last season will pay off in his second visit to the deck at the state meet.
“I think it will help a lot,” Eagle said. “It will take a lot of the nerves and jitters off. Now I know what to expect. I have a little bit more of a picture of what is going to happen.”