Mission accomplished. Huntsville’s varsity swimmers did exactly what coach Lisa Fountain asked them to do.

On Saturday, they slashed time off their personal-best marks and showed improvements in the season’s last meet. No one from Huntsville High School advanced to the Region II championships, but Fountain said that hardly matters.

“We had a fantastic meet,” she said Saturday evening. “Out of a total 27 races we competed in, we had a total of 25 personal-best times. That was really awesome. Basically, everybody did a great job.”

Two HHS records fell during the District 14-5A meet Saturday at Klein High School. Senior Daniel Cazort broke his own record in the 50-yard freestyle, swimming a 23.32-second time. His old mark was 23.53. On Saturday, he placed eighth in district.

Junior Justin Stanfield bettered his Hornet record in the 100-yard freestyle. He swam a 51.91 time Saturday, which was much faster than his 54.81.

“He smashed his old record,” Fountain said.

Stanfield finished ninth Saturday.

The Hornets’ 200-yard freestyle relay also did well, finishing seventh, just one spot from a regional berth. Cazort and Stanfield teamed with Tait Cooper and Philip Klespis to post a time of 1:40.43.

“They were really disappointed because they qualified for regionals last year with a 1:45. They swam faster this year and didn’t qualify for regionals,” Fountain said.

The boys’ 200-medley relay of Stanfield, Stephen Myers, Cazort and Klespis cut three seconds off their best time, finishing ninth in 2:00.60.

On the girls’ side, Huntsville’s 200 freestyle relay team of Johanna Hornung, Andrea Cox, Courtney Chandler and Shelby Becak finished eighth in a time of 2:00.74. That was three second better than their seed time, their coach explained.

Hornung also improved her time in the 200 freestyle, posting a 2:24.54 on Saturday, which was nearly five seconds better than her best time this season.

“That’s a pretty significant drop,” Fountain said.

Cox also made a big improvement in the 100 freestyle. She turned in a time of 1:08.19 on Saturday and finished 26th, right behind Hornung (1:05.33) and Becak (1:06.67).

As soon as Saturday’s meet ended, Fountain started looking ahead to next season when the Hornets and Lady Hornets likely will be training in the city’s new swimming pool.

“We’ve only got one senior, and from what I understand, we have a lot of seventh- and eighth-graders coming up. The pool is supposed to be done by July,” she said, “so we’re hoping to start the 2006-07 school year in that new pool. That’ll be great.”

Recommended for you