Caycee Holson made the finals and brought home a seventh-place finish at the USA Swimming Long Course Texas Age Group Standards Championships at the University of Texas in Austin last month.
Coach Nancy Wendell said that Holson swam right at her best times at the TAGS championships.
Holson swam 37.82 seconds in the 50-meter backstroke to finish seventh. She was the first TAGS finalist for Fit-N-Wise Quest Aquatics.
In the 50 freestyle, Holson swam 32.70, finishing 12th. In the 100 backstroke, Holson went 1:25.47, taking 19th.
“Making it to finals is a big deal,” said Wendell.
Quest scored two team points, the first points for the club at TAGS.
“I’m hoping as we get more people to qualify for TAGS, we can make it in to the team-point competition,” Wendell said.
The TAGS championships were Holson’s final event for Quest. Her father, Ron, recently accepted a coaching job in Post. She will join a team in Lubbock. Wendell connected her to a swim club there.
“TAGS was bittersweet,” Wendell said. “This was Caycee’s last meet with us, and although we will see her at future TAGS events, I will miss her. She has been with the team since it started.”
Holson started taking swim lessons at Fit-N-Wise then worked her way up to Texas Amateur Athletic Federation. When Quest was started because of the success of the TAAF team, AquaRacers, Holson made the transition easily. She continued to move up the ranks of USA Swimming quickly.
Wendell said that it was a hard swallow finding out that Holson was leaving a week before they left for TAGS.
“I know that Caycee will be OK, and I know that Quest will be OK,” she said. “We’ll see each other again so everything will work out.”