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December 6, 2012

Huntsville swimmers dominate meet on senior day

HUNTSVILLE — The Hornets swim team did two things Tuesday: They saluted seven Huntsville High School seniors, swimmers who have meant a great deal to the Hornets’ growing program, plus they continued to tune up for the stretch run that takes them through the district, region and state meets early next year.

At a four-team meet in Conroe, the Hornets had a dominating performance against teams from Caney Creek, Willis and Barbers Hill. The Hornet girls and boys finished first in 19 of the meet’s 24 events.

Convincingly, Huntsville won all six of the relay races on a day the Hornets said thanks to seniors Jaron Wagner, Colson Slaven, Matthew Bitara, Shelby Beverly, Sierra Wagner, Connor Davis and Chris Gunnels.

The meet got off to a super start when Sierra Wagner, Sydney Beverly, Shelby Beverly and Logan Beverly teamed up to win the girls 200-yard medley relay. The Lady Hornets’ No. 1 team touched the wall in 2:00.71, while the second-place team from Willis finished in 2:10.05. Huntsville’s second team of Kelsey Hill, Paige Losack, Kate Jones and Jesslin Castilleja took third in 2:12.54.

The Hornet boys’ team of Andrew Bitara, Peter Davidhizar, Jomar Pueyo and Gunnels finished first in the 200 medley relay. They swam a 1:55.44 time, while Willis took second in 1:57.74. Huntsville’s No. 2 team of T.J. Dawson, Connor Davis, Ryan Gormey and Charlie Blalock finished third in 2:13.84.

In the girls 200 freestyle race, Castilleja finished first and Courtney Smith took second. Andrew Bitara won a close race over Willis’ Will Waidhoffer in the boys 200 freestyle, while Hornet teammate Dalton Smith placed third.

Shelby Beverly won the girls 200 individual medley in 2:28.24. Kelsey Smith placed fifth in that race.

Gunnels won the boys 200 IM, while Dawson took third and Gormey was fourth.

Huntsville made one of the meet’s strongest showings in the girls 50-yard freestyle. Sierra Wagner and Logan Beverly finished 1-2, and Lady Hornets Castilleja, Kate Jones and Losack placed fourth, fifth and sixth. Katie Blalock finished 14th in the same race and Rainee Thompson was 17th.

Slaven won the boys 50 freestyle in 23.22 seconds. Pueyo was third in 24.98, Connor Davis took fifth and Charlie Blalock was eighth.

In the girls 100-yard butterfly, Logan Beverly swam second in a time of 1:07.50. Courtney Smith took fourth and Sara McClanahan was fifth.

Slaven finished first in the boys 100 butterfly. Nam and Dalton Smith placed second and third.

Shelby Beverly won the girls 100 freestyle. Her sister Sydney took third and Kate Jones was fifth. Colleen Thompson placed eighth, Delaney Guzinsky was 10th and Katie Blalock swam 11th.

Stihl Vaughn of Caney Creek won the boys 100-yard freestyle. Connor Davis was fourth for Huntsville in a time of 1:00.88. Chance Miller placed sixth, Davidhizar was seventh, Charlie Blalock took eighth and Gormey was ninth.

In the girls 500-yard freestyle, Kelsey Hill breezed to a first-place finish in a time of 6:25.47. Cleo Lewis of Caney Creek finished second in 7:07.52.

Andrew Bitara won the boys 500 freestyle in a time of 5:02.10.

Huntsville’s 200-yard freestyle relay team of Sierra Wagner, Kelsey Hill, Logan Beverly and Shelby Beverly breezed to victory in a time of 1:49.00. The Lady Hornets also took third in that race with Courtney Smith, Sara McClanahan, Colleen Thompson and Paige Losack teaming up to post a 2:02.87 time.

In the boys 200 freestyle relay, Slaven, Jaron Wagner, Gunnels and Davis finished first in 1:40.31. Huntsville also placed third and fifth in that race. Charlie Blalock, Davidhizar, Dawson and Gormey swam a 1:49.98; Miller, Dalton Smith, Nam and Mads Theisen took fifth in 1:54.04.

Sierra Wagner won the girls 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.47. Thompson finished fifth in that race in a time of 1:23.10.

Jaron Wagner won the boys 100 backstroke in 57.15 seconds, while Gunnels took second in 1:09.30.

Huntsville finished second, third and fourth in the girls 100-yard breaststroke. Sydney Beverly, Losack and McClanahan touched the wall after Willis’ Kendall Veronico, who won the race in 1:17.35. Guzinsky finished seventh in that race.

Jaron Wagner, Pueyo, Dawson and Davidhizar finished in the top four spots in the boys 100 breaststroke. Wagner hit the wall in 1:06.25.

Huntsville’s team of Sydney Beverly, Courtney Smith, Kate Jones and Castilleja won the girls 400-yard freestyle relay in a swift time of 4:34.77. Thompson, Guzinsky, Katie Blalock and McClanahan took third in 5:14.15.

The Hornets closed the meet in style, winning the boys 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:41.37. Andrew Bitara, Pueyo, Slaven and Jaron Wagner blasted the second-place team from Barbers Hill by more than a minute.

Huntsville’s swim team will be back in action late next week at the Class 4A-and-under TISCA meet in Frisco.

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