Dripping Springs High School had a strong showing at the UIL State Swimming Championships, with swimmers advancing to finals in three relay and five individual events. DSHS had top-10 finishes by Danny Henry in both the 500-Yard Freestyle and 200-Yard Freestyle, the girls’ 400-Yard Freestyle Relay, sophomore Savannah Karas in the 100-Yard Butterfly, and freshman Julia Carter in the 100-Yard Freestyle.
Henry was fifth in the 500 Freestyle (4:36.25) and sixth in the 200 Freestyle (1:41.69), breaking his own school record in both events. A senior, Henry will be continuing his swimming career at the collegiate level, having committed to TCU.
In the girls’ competition, Savannah Karas placed eighth in the 100-Yard Butterfly (58.39) and 12th in the 200-Yard Individual Medley (2:10.72). Julia Carter was 10th in 100-Yard Freestyle (53.79).
All three state-qualifying Tiger relay teams advanced to the finals. The top DSHS finish was recorded by the girls’ 400-Yard Freestyle team that placed eighth (3:41.38); that team was comprised of Savannah Karas, Bella Sites, Riley Dalton, and Julia Carter. In the 200-Yard Freestyle Relay, Addison Simons, Audrey Williamson, Kenleigh Embrey, and Julia Carter placed 13th (1:41.65). The boys’ 400 Freestyle Relay team of Josh Dowdy, Ben Adams, Quinn Mauck, and Danny Henry was 14th (3:18.98).
In the team standings, DSHS was 16th on the girls’ side with 52.5 points and the boys were 24th with 33 points.
Carter also qualified for the state meet in the 200-Yard Freestyle. Diver Jackson Cimato was the other DSHS state qualifier.