After dominating the district meet winning 19 out of 24 events just one week prior, the Sharyland High School swimming and diving team found the waters at the Region VIII-5A swim meet in Brownsville to be rougher. With swimming powerhouses such as McAllen Memorial, who took the boys’ championship for a sixth consecutive year, and Los Fresnos, whose girls pulled out a seven-point first place finish over C.C. King, the Rattlers finished fourth place for their boys and girls teams at regionals.
La Joya High School, whose girls placed fourth and boys placed fifth at the district meet the week before, placed 16th and 15th, respectively, at the regional meet last weekend.
Hernandez Goes to State Meet
The highlight of the meet for Mission area schools was the second place finish in the girls’ 1-meter diving event by Sharyland’s Cecilia Hernandez, qualifying to advance to the state meet. In the swimming events, only the first place finishers qualify for the state meet, but the top two boy and the top two girl divers qualify for state.
Her score of 307.55 was enough to beat out Brownsville Hannah’s Kelley Jimenez, who scored 306.55 to place third. After the meet, Sharyland diving coach Leslie Ortiz had high praises to sing for her top diver.
“I am very proud of Cecilia this year,” said Ortiz. “She has worked very hard and her determination has paid off. In the regional meet she performed great. Her last dive, which was a forward two summersault, really put her over the top and gave her the advantage over Kelley Jimenez, who is a senior from Hanna.”
Since Sharyland High’s pool has been unavailable for practices this year, the Rattlers swimmers and divers had difficulty getting in essential daily practice time. After succeeding against such stiff competition at the regional level, Ortiz is proud of Cecilia and looks forward to the state meet.
“She has been up against some great divers her three years, and Saturday she was able to show that she can exceed over any of her competitors,” said Ortiz. “It has been a tough year for us without having a place to practice until recently, when we were allowed to practice in Weslaco. I believe Cecilia will work hard to represent Sharyland at the state level. We are anxious to go and be a part of a great event.”
The Lady Rattlers and the Rattlers’ boys 400 freestyle relay teams both came in third in their respective races.
4A Regional Swim Meet
At the Region VIII-4A meet, held in San Antonio, the Veterans Memorial girls’ team placed ninth out of 21 teams with a score of 81 points and the boys placed 12th out of 22 with a score of 41 points. Mission High School’s girls team tied for 19th and the boys placed 22nd.
Individually, the only top 10 finisher for either Mission school was Patriot Roy Hinojosa, who placed 10th in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:44.81. Neither school had a state qualifier come out of the regional meet.
In the 200-yard medley relay Christine Sauceda, Rhianna Garza, Roxie Guajardo and Vanessa Moreno placed sixth, while Rhianna Garza, Destiny Cantu, Kivani Sanchez and Roxie Guajardo placed eighth in the 200-yard freestyle relay for the Lady Patriots.
For the VMHS boys, Jorge Roura, Roy Hinojosa, Bernardo Garza and Gavin De Leon placed 12th in the 200-yard medley relay and the same four swimmers placed 11th in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
All of the Lady Eagles’ 10 points came as a result of their 12th place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team was made up of swimmers Lidia Contreras, Kimberly Cantu, Aleida Cantu and Karolina Vargas.
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