The 2020 UIL state swim meet will take place at The University of Texas at Austin's Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Saturday February 15th. VYPE DFW gives you storylines and athletes to watch before the season's final event.
Southlake Carroll Can Continue Dynasty: It shouldn't be a surprise that the state power qualified as many top tier swimmers as it did. We start on the girls' side because the group includes Kit Kat Zenick in the 50-yard Freestyle and 100-yard Freestyle, Riley Francis in the 200-yard Freestyle, Corbyn Cormack in the 200-yard Individual Medley, Hailey Hernandez in the 1-meter Diving, and three relay teams (200-yard Medley, 200-yard Freestyle and 400-yard Freestyle). Meanwhile, the boys' team will lean on Ryan Perham in the 50-yard Freestyle and 100-yard Butterfly.
Flower Mound Will Make A Splash: The 6A girls program continues Lewisville ISD's athletic tradition by sending 50-yard Freestyle and 500-yard Freestyle swimmer Maggie Gholston and its 200-yard Freestyle Relay team to the Forty Acres.
Others to Watch: Keep an eye on Mansfield's Maddie Mechling in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard Backstroke, Allen's Anni Fan in the 100-yard Butterfly and Rockwall-Heath's Alaya Smith in the 100-yard Breaststroke.
Trio Leads Area District: Frisco ISD, one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, will send notable competitors to the end of the season event. Frisco Wakeland will be represented by 100-yard butterfly swimmer Conor McKenna and its 200-yard Freestyle Relay team, while Frisco Lone Star's Joelle Reddin will compete in the 200-yard individual medley and 500-yard Freestyle.
Three Schools Will Battle In Two Events: Aledo's Elijah Sohn qualified for the 100-yard Freestyle and 200-yard Freestyle, The Colony's Morgan Gullette did the same in the 200-yard Freestyle and 500-yard Freestyle, and Lucas Lovejoy's Jed Michael Jones and Eason Jones will compete in the boys and girls' 200-yard individual medley.
Others to Watch: On the boys' side, you'll see Fort Worth Boswell's Hunter Boniface in the 100-yard Butterfly and Mansfield Legacy's Eric Stelmar in the 100-yard Backstroke. In girls' competition, McKinney North's Kiara Xanthos will travel to Austin to swim the 100-yard Breaststroke.
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