Tiger Swimmers Qualify for State Competition
February 3, 2020
Based on their performances at the Region V Meet Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at Texas A&M University, several members of the Dripping Springs High School swimming and diving team have qualified for the state meet. DSHS had more combined girls' and boys' regional competitors – 35 – than any other school. Both teams placed second in the team standings. The Lady Tigers totaled 267 points and boys scored 260; LBJ High School won for both with 309 and 283 points, respectively.
DSHS had state qualifiers in seven individual events and three relays. Three swimmers – freshman Julia Carter, sophomore Savannah Karas and senior Danny Henry qualified in two individual events each, while also contributing as a relay team member. In the individual rankings, DSHS had two swimmers finish among the top 10: Danny Henry was sixth with 263 "power points" and Julia Carter was 10th with 236. The top two regional finishers are automatic state qualifiers, then the best eight times across all regions are added to the qualifying list.
Julia Carter has qualified for state in both the 100-Yard Freestyle in which she placed third (53.56), and the 200-Yard Freestyle in which she was fifth (1:56.01). Savannah Karas will compete in the 100-Yard Butterfly (third, 58.80) and the 200-Yard Individual Medley (seventh, 2:16.28).
Danny Henry was third in both the 200-Yard Freestyle with time of 1:43.18 and the 500-Yard Freestyle in 4:36.54, qualifying in both events. He broke the school record in the 200 Free, which had been set in 2015, and broke his own record in the 500 Free, which he set last year.
Also breaking a school record enroute to a state qualifying spot was diver Jackson Cimato; he placed third at regionals with score of 332.80.
Three DSHS relays also qualified based on having one of the top-eight regional times, outside of the automatic qualifiers. For the girls, both the 400-Yard Freestyle team that was third in 3:40.93 (Savanah Karas, Addison Simons, Riley Dalton, Julia Carter) and the 200-Yard Freestyle Relay team that was fourth in 1:42.60 (Addison Simons, Audrey Williamson, Riley Dalton, Julia Carter) will be headed to the state meet. For the boys, the 400-Yard Freestyle Relay team that earned a fifth-place regional finish in 3:18.79 (Josh Dowdy, Benjamin Adams, Quick Mauck, Danny Henry) will advance.
The Tiger swim teams are coached by Andrea McCarthy. The state meet will be held Feb. 14-15 at the University of Texas Jamail Swim Center.