The Swimmers came into Saturday with one goal, finish strong on the biggest stage, and that they did. Three different Leopards each broke a school record at finals of the Region 3-5A Swimming & Diving Championships held on Saturday at the FISD Aquatics Center in Frisco.
With over 30 lifetime best performances to choose from, it was going to take breaking a school record, and qualifying for the State 5A Championships to really set yourself apart from the rest of the team. Sophomore James Vaughn started things off with a bang, shattering his own school record in the 200 IM (1:54.56) and earning the first automatic state birth for the Leopards. Later in the meet he would just miss the school record in the 100 yard butterfly clocking in at a sizzling :51.41, finishing 3rd assuring himself the first pickup to the state meet.
Not to be outdone, Senior Emma Ream, who owns 3 school records, broke one of those school records in the 50 Free (:24.53) which was good enough to earn her a call-up to the state meet next weekend. Feeling good with one state birth, Emma came back minutes later and swam the 100 Butterfly (:59.84) just missing another of her school records by 1/100th of second, but it was still good enough to earn her 2nd individual state birth.
With the team cruising to one of it’s best overall Regional performances in program history, sophomore Natalie Womack added a 3rd new school record of the meet. This was Natalie’s 2nd school record, this time in the 100 yard backstroke (:59.94), becoming the first Lady Leopard to go under 1:00 in the event. Natatlie’s 3rd place finish earned her the 4th call-up to the state meet.
In addition to the 5 individual swims that have been invited to the state meet, the Lady Leopards also added two relays, the 200 yard Medley Relay (J. Pages, S. Carevic, N. Womack, E. Ream) and the 400 yard Freestyle Relay (N. Womack, J. Pages, S. Carevic, E. Ream) earned an invitation to the state meet, making this Regional Championship meet the most successful in program history!