Jesse Stovall can now call herself a state champion.
The Nacogdoches senior brought home two medals from the 2018 UIL State Swim Meet this past weekend. Stovall won gold in the 50 Freestyle and silver in the 100 Freestyle.
"We were nervous going into the events," Nacogdoches swim coach Carrie Scroggins said. "Especially in the 50, because a half-second can separate last from first. We were definitely nervous about how close it could be."
This was the fourth time Stovall swam in the 50 meter race at state. She had never done better than ninth.
"It was stressful," Stovall said. "In the last 25 meters, I only take one breath. When I hit the wall there was a moment of panic that my opponentout touched me."
This was her only time in the 100 meter race.
"No it was not less stressful," Stovall said. "I wish I could say it was. I knew the other racers had good times.To see I broke 52 seconds meant so much. I didn’t need a gold medal to make me happy with that time."
Scroggins was just as happy for her senior.
"It was rewarding to see," Scroggins said. " She has put a lot into it. She eats right. She sleeps right. She handles her school work."
Complete results from this weekend can be found here.
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