Swimmers Complete Season at State Championships

Cypress, TX (February 21, 2016) CFISD swimmers captured one medal and several top-10 finishes at the UIL Swimming and Diving State Meet, held Feb. 19-20 at the Texas Swim Center in Austin.

Cypress Woods High School’s 200 freestyle relay team of sophomore Faith Kitzman, freshman Sydney Stanford, senior Katelyn Klewitz and freshman Mikayla Schnibben won CFISD’s lone medal with a third-place time of 1:37.58.

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“[Winning bronze] is very hard to do as the state meet is very fast,” said Chris Pease, Cypress Woods head coach. “Getting on the podium for us was great, not only for our program, but for CFISD. Adjusting our relays paid off for us.”

The Wildcats’ 400 freestyle relay team of Faith Kitzman, Sydney Stanford, sophomore Claire Smith and Mikayla Schnibben placed fourth with a time of 3:30.08, narrowly missing the podium by 0.42 seconds.

The Cypress Woods girls placed ninth overall in the state with 93 points, one position better than 2015. It marked the Wildcats’ third top-10 finish in four years.

“I am proud of our swimmers and divers,” Pease said. “Friday was a rough day for Cy Woods, as we had freshmen jitters and first-time qualifiers; however, their 212 spirit and effort showed up Saturday. I was proud of how our swimmers and divers finished Saturday.”

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Cypress Woods’ other state-qualifying girls finished as follows:

  • Sydney Stanford
    • ninth place, 100 freestyle (52.09) and
    • 13th place, 200 freestyle (1:53.91);
  • Claire Smith
    • 10th place, 100 butterfly (56.67) and
    • 12th place, 100 backstroke (57.58); and
  • Isabelle Decker – 11th place, 1-meter diving (334.35).
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“Isabelle Decker dove exceptionally well this weekend. I am proud of her,” said Mandy Brush, district diving coach. “She is a sophomore and this was her first trip to state. She is a talented diver and will have continued success the next two years.”

The Cypress Ranch High School girls’ swim team placed 13th overall at the state meet with 56 points. State-qualifying Mustang girls’ swimmers placed as follows:

  • Madison Kinsey – eighth place, 100 butterfly (56.00);
  • Beth McNeese – 12th place, 500 freestyle (5:06.18);
  • 400 freestyle relay team (Madison Kinsey, Lauren Wall, Beth McNeese and Abigail Jones) – eighth place, 3:35.37; and
  • 200 freestyle relay team (Madison Kinsey, Beth McNeese, Ivani Kamidoi and Abigail Jones) – ninth place, 1:38.82.

“We were very happy with our performance at the state meet this weekend,” said Bryan Hutchinson, Cypress Ranch coach. “The girls had their best finish at 13th. It was a great showing for CFISD as a district and we were proud to be a part of that.”

In the boys’ tournament, Cypress Ranch placed 10th overall with 66 points. The Mustang boys were led by their 400 freestyle relay team, which placed fifth with a time of 3:07.98. Team members are juniors John Sowell, Dylan Neumann, Sean Morey and Luke Bowman.

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The Mustangs had two other top-10 finishes:

  • 200 freestyle relay team (John Sowell, Dylan Neumann, Sean Morey and Luke Bowman) – sixth place, 1:26.24; and
  • Sean Morey – seventh place, 50 freestyle (21.08).

“Our boys, for the second year in a row, finished 10th,” Hutchinson said. “It is a great testament to the team-first philosophy of these kids.”

The Cypress Creek High School boys placed 29th overall with 21 points. The Cougars had a 10th-place finish in the 100 backstroke from junior Zac Hawes (59.06), an 11th-place finish in the 100 backstroke from junior Jared Wallace (51.64) and a 13th-place finish in the 200 medley relay from team members Jared Wallace, Zac Hawes, Riley O’Hara and Chase Gonzales (1:37.43).

The Cypress Woods and Langham Creek boys tied for 39th place overall with 14 points apiece.

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Langham Creek’s 200 freestyle relay team of sophomores Brandon Quinteros and Jacob Swain and seniors Connor Ferguson and Robert Jordan placed 10th overall with a time of 1:26.71. It was the team’s second-fastest time ever, and the Lobos’ first relay to make state in five years.

“This group of boys trained hard all season and were some of the driving force that led the Lobos’ swim team to a successful season,” said Kyle McDaniel, Langham Creek swim coach. “The entire school is proud of their accomplishment and can’t wait to see what this state championship visit inspires in the younger members of the Lobos swimming and diving team in seasons to come.”

Cypress Woods senior Danny Silva broke the school record in the 50 freestyle, finishing 12th with a time of 21.31. Junior Grant Norgan placed ninth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:32.76.

“The state meet is fast and competitive in swimming and diving,” Pease said. “CFISD is making progress in the state meet with great coaches and, most of all, a great dive coach.”

Courtesy of the District