The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX


July 19, 2013

Bringing home some hardware

Huntsville Lakers shine at Ponderosa, Trinity Invitationals

HUNTSVILLE — The postseason championship invitational swim meets were held during the weekend of June 29- 30 and the Huntsville Lakers were represented Huntsville well.  Approximately 15 individual Lakers swimmers qualified with top times during the regular season for the 43nd Annual Ponderosa Invitational Championship Swim Meet held at Klein Collins High School. Ponderosa is the elite postseason meet for the over 14,000 swimmers in the Northwest Aquatic League, which includes Huntsville and the Greater Houston area.  

Six Lakers swimmers swam outstanding preliminary races in the mornings at Ponderosa and made it into the A or B Finals each evening. Competing in their last meet as Lakers, Mathew Bitara and Jaron Wagner both won first place medals in the A Finals.  Bitara and Wagner, along with Luke Durham, also did well in the Overall High Point Standings for their age groups finishing third, fourth and fourth, respectively.  The 15-18 year old Boys Freestyle and Medley Relay teams both took first place at Ponderosa. The Lakers finished a respectable seventh place in the final team rankings of their team size grouping at Ponderosa which was ahead of one of their big division rivals College Station.  

Many Lakers swimmers also qualified with excellent gold or silver times for the Trinity Summer Classic held at the Conroe ISD Natatorium on those same days.   Sarah Dawson was named the High Point Winner for 12 year old Girls at the Trinity Invitational.

Individual Results of

Ponderosa Finals:

Mathew Bitara

    3rd place in 17 - 18 Boys Overall High Point Standings

    1st place in A Finals of Boys 15 - 18 50 yard Backstroke

    1st place in A Finals of Boys 15 - 18 100 yard Individual Medley

    3rd place in A Finals of Boys 15 - 18 100 yard Freestyle

    5th place in A Finals of Boys 15 - 18 50 yard Butterfly

    9th place in B Finals of Boys 15 - 18 50 yard Freestyle

Jaron Wagner:

    4th place in 17 - 18 Boys Overall High Point Standings

    1st place in A Finals of Boys 15 - 18 50 yard Breaststroke

    3rd place in A Finals of Boys 15 - 18 50 yard Backstroke

    6th place in A Finals of Boys 15 - 18 50 yard Freestyle

    9th place in B Finals of Boys 15 - 18 100 yard Individual Medley

    9th place in B Finals of Boys 15 - 18 100 yard Freestyle

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