Redhawk swim team makes big splash at Region III-5A meet


Yong Oh

For the fourth straight year, senior Jiwoo Oh qualified for state after the Region III-5A meet on Friday and Saturday and will go for a state championship in four events: 200 medley relay, 100 fly, 100 backstroke, and 400 free relay.

Kasey Harvey, Sports Editor


10 swimmers are on their way to the state meet in Austin Feb. 16-17 after qualifying at the Region III-5A meet on Friday and Saturday at the Bruce Eubanks Natatorium.

“I’m expecting some really good swims,” swimming coach Emily Nightingale said. “I think they’re going to be better at state than they were at regionals and they’re the best they’ve been this year and the past few years at regionals. Hopefully I’ll see a couple state champions but if anything I just want them to swim their best. I’m expecting some really good times and some really fast swims.”

For the fourth time, senior Jiwoo Oh will head to state. As the regional champion in the 100 breastroke, Oh broke the pool and region record with a 57.96 time that was previously broken two weeks before.

“It’s nothing new because I’ve been to state my past four years but it’s still exciting,” Oh said. “I was happy because somebody else broke it. He broke my past record and I re-broke it. It was a plus, my goal is just to get first.”

Since 2012, the girls’ swim team has not sent anybody to state, but this year the 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay advanced.

“This year we just really dominated,” senior Julia Cole said. “It was super surprising. It was a good turnout. I was really happy with it. State is super competitive. We won at regionals so that was really exciting. I think a really good goal at state would be to beat the team record right now. We are about half a second away from the team record. Maybe not even worry about what place we get, just to have the record on the board.”

Swimmers advancing to state are:

Julia Cole: 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Jack Easton: 200 medley relay, 50 free, 100 back, 400 free relay

Justin Jung: 200 medley relay, 400 free relay

Rishabh Kumar: 100 breaststroke

Hannah Nguyen: 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Jiwoo Oh:  200 medley relay, 100 fly, 100 breaststroke, 400 free relay

Lina Parks: 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Noah Rose: 200 medley relay, 200 IM, 100 back

Mallory Showalter: 200 free relay, 400 free relay

Austin Urbine: 400 free relay