Record number headed to regionals
When the water had settled at the end of the District 7-5A swimming and diving championships last Thursday, Centennial had qualified 11 individuals in 12 events and all six relays for the regionals championships.
To qualify for regionals an individual or relay team had to finish in the top six at the event held at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium.
Centennial will be sending the most competitors to regional competition in the programs history.
“We swam really well,” Centennial coach Jeremy Martin said. “We were on the podium for every event except the one on the guys side. We snuck in on one of the girls events and landed on the podium. It was awesome to watch.”
The next competition for Centennial will be the Class 5A Region 2 championships at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium Feb. 3-4.
In the combined team scores, Granbury took the title with 327 points, Centennial was second (185.5 points) and Burleson was third (152).
The Spartans finished second with 136.5 points and helped Martin earned district coach of the year honors. Granbury was first (200 points) and Burleson placed third (72). Granbury won the girls title with 127 points, Burleson placed second (80 points) and Centennial was third (49).
Centennial’s first state competitor, sophomore Zach Eagle, had a big day for the Spartans winning a pair of events and helping a relay team to a title.
Eagle won the 100-yard butterfly in a school-record time of 52.77 seconds. He also won the 100 backstroke in a time of 55.29 seconds. Garrison Guidry finished fifth in the event in a time of 1:02.27.
Lindy Spann won the 50 freestyle in a time of 23.62 and Cade Schreiner was fifth in a time of 24.96. In the 100 breaststroke, Brendan Smith placed second in a time of 1:08.07 and Harrison Martin finished fifth in a time of 1:12.38.
In the 100 freestyle, Spann finished second in a time of 52.35 and Schreiner was sixth in a time of 56.81. Smith placed third in the 200 individual medley in a time of 2:17.35 and Martin was fourth in a time of 2:21.62. In the 500 freestyle, Matthew May placed third in a time of 5:59.98 and Ryan Russell was fourth in a time of 6:07.33. Guidry placed sixth in the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:09.50.
Centennial set school-records in both the 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay. In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Guidry, Smith, Spann and Eagle finished first in a time of 1:33.20. The team of Eagle, Smith, Martin and Spann placed second in the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:45.67. In the 400 freestyle relay, the team of Harrison, May, Schreiner and Guidry placed second in a time of 3:48.53.
The Lady Spartans qualified three individuals in a four events along with three relay teams.
Individually, Tessa Steward finished third in the 100 freestyle in a school-record time of 1:01.70 and placed fifth in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:12.07. Seleca Steward finished fifth in the 100 butterfly in a school-record time of 1:12.46. Abbie Qualls placed sixth in the 200 freestyle in a time of 2:19.33.
The relay team of Tessa Steward, Qualls, Seleca Steward and Taylor English placed fourth in the 200 medley relay in a school-record time of 2:07.19. In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Tessa Steward, English, Qualls and Seleca Steward finished in a time of 1:55.97. The team of Elaina Chasteen, Lauren Pinkley was fifth in the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 5:08.32.