Redhawks dive down deep for districts


Michael Martin

A few Redhawk athletes get the opportunity to swim for a regional title following the completion of the district meet. With Covid spiking and rosters continuously changing, the athletes are hopeful to get to continue through their season.

Harley Classe, Sports Editor

It’s on to the regional meet for several Redhawks swimmers after scoring top finishes at the District 9-5A meet at the Bruce Eubanks Natatorium on Friday. 

On the girls’ side, junior Maria Oushalkas won the 200 freestyle and finished third in the 500 freestyle. For the boys’ team it was the 200 medley relay of Keith Taylor, Henry Nguyen, Jeffrey Jung, and Jeremy Lin that advanced. 

“We were really pleased to get our boys to advance, it was a huge accomplishment. It’s something I challenged the boys with early in the season,” head coach Nick Dion said. “With Maria and her individuals, we took a look at that and knew we were going to have an opportunity to have obviously a district championship with her in the 200 freestyle. Kudos to them for the hard work that they put in and putting themselves in that position.” 

Advancing to the regional meet in two events is what junior Maria Oushalkas expected. 

“I think my performance was very good and I’m happy with how it went,” she said. “I expected 1st and 3rd and that’s what I got.”

On the boys side of things, junior Henry Nguyen saw a personal best, helping the 200 medley relay advance.

“The boys relay did pretty well at districts,” Nguyen said. “I went a personal best and my teammates also did good which led us to qualify for regionals.”