COLLEGE STATION, TX (KTRE) - Swimmers from Two Deep East Texas high schools have advanced to the state swim meet in Austin after stellar performances at the regional sweet meet at Texas A&M University in College Station last weekend.
Pineywood Community Academy’s Carter Wood dove for a score of 518.45 and beat his district score by 100 points to win first place at the regional meet, according to Marisa Nash, the coach of the PCA swim team. His score was 100 points than the score he earned at the district meet, and it set a new PCA record.
“He was also awarded diver of the year for our region,” Nash said in an e-mail. “As a freshman!”
PCA’s girls 200-meter medley relay team of Bethany Allen, Sheridan Hamilton, Jordan Armstrong, and Jocelyn Lamb took three seconds off their best time and finished 20th overall at the meet.
Armstrong posted consistent times throughout the meet and finished 24th overall in the 200-meter freestyle event. Jordan Bailey dropped more than a second from his best 100-meter backstroke time and finished 20th at the meet.
Mason Wood shaved more than four seconds off his 200-meter IM after he advanced to the finals, setting a new school record. He finished 16th overall. Mason Wood also beat his best time in the 100-meter breaststroke after he advanced to the finals and finished 15th. In the process, he also set a new school record.
The school’s boys 200-meter medley relay team consisting of Jordan Bailey, Ethan LaRock, Mason Wood, and Leo Kwon took more than four seconds off their best time after advancing to the finals and placed 14th overall.
PCA’s boys 200-meter freestyle relay team of Guy Submanee, Seth Davis, Kaleb Schoubroek, and Carter Wood beat their best time by three seconds and finished 19th at the regional meet.
“Our girls 400 freestyle relay consisting of Sheridan Hamilton, Lexus Poe, Bethany Allen, and Jordan Armstrong dropped an incredible 10 seconds from their best time and finished in 19th overall,” Nash said. “Our boys 400 freestyle relay consisting of Mason Wood, Ethan LaRock, Leo Kwon, and Jordan Bailey dropped close to six seconds from their best time after advancing to finals. In this race, all of our boys performed their 100 in under 1 minute for the first time ever and finished in 14th overall.”
Nash said PCA’s swim team had a great season.
“Every team member showed growth at this meet and we are beyond excited to support Carter in his journey to compete at the state meet in Austin on February 15 and 16!” Nash said.
According to the Nacogdoches High School swim team’s Facebook page, Jackson Castleberry finished second in the 100-meter freestyle. His second-place finish meant he automatically qualified for state.
In addition, the 200-meter medley relay team of Castleberry, Phil Franke, Cooper Hinson, and Tread Woodard finished third. The 400-meter relay team of Castleberry, Zach Fickes, Hinson, and Woodard placed fourth at the regional meet.
A later post stated that that the two relay teams will be going to the state swim meet as well.
“All of the swimmers swam with heart and represented NHS so well,” the Facebook post stated. “Go Dragons! See you in Austin.”