For the second straight season, Decatur sophomore Katey Rowden will be making a trip to Austin for the state swim meet. Rowden finished first in the 50-freestyle at the 2-4A regional meet in Mansfield Saturday, recording her personal best time of 25-flat.
“She was real excited,” Decatur coach Doris Dennard said. “She knew she needed to get her time down, and she did.”
Rowden advanced to state in the 100-freestyle as a freshman, and just missed out this year, finishing second.
Swimmers had to win their event at regionals to advance to state. Considering the region grew this year, advancing was even more difficult.
The state meet is Feb. 22-23, which gives Rowden a week-and-a-half to get her time down.
“We are trying to get to a low 24,” Dennard said. “We’re already working on her dive and kick to try to fine-tune some things.”
The Lady Eagles finished eighth overall with 113 points, while Byron Nelson captured first with 470.
“We really dropped our times overall,” Dennard said about the boys and girls relay teams. “Overall it was a good meet for us, swimming some of our best times.”
The girls 200-medley relay team of Madeleine Semmelmann, Baley Phariss, Rowden and Haley Dennard finished fourth with a time of 2:06.
The same group took fifth in the 200-freestyle with a 1:51.
The boys team of Logan Huff, Trey Dale, Robert Davilla and Daniel Smyers took 16th in their 200-freestyle relay with a time of 1:46.
Smyers is the lone senior on the Eagles squad, and Dennard says he will be missed.
“We hate to lose him,” she said. “He’s been a wonderful addition and a joy to have on the team.”
Boyd’s Jake Bryans also had a good meet, recording all 17 points for the Yellowjackets.
He took eighth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1, then captured 11th in the 100-yard butterfly with a 1:06.
Below are local individual results from the finals of the 2-4A regional meet:
Katey Rowden 1st 25.00
Haley Dennard 9th 27.38
Katey Rowden 2nd 54.78
Haley Dennard 12th 1:23.07
Baley Phariss 13th 1:23.12
Jake Bryans 11th 1:06
Jake Bryans 8th 1