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Rowden earns state berth; Swimmer makes 3rd trip

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, February 12, 2014

{{{*}}}Katey Rowden will once again make a splash on the big stage in Austin.

The Decatur junior earned her third straight trip to the University Interscholastic League’s state swimming championships this week. Rowden, who finished second Saturday at the Class 4A Region II meet in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, received call-ups in both events Monday.

“God’s got a plan, and whatever he wants is going to happen,” Rowden said Tuesday morning. “I’m really excited it’s going to happen. I’m beyond blessed to be going down again.”

Rowden competed at the state meet at the University of Texas as a freshman in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Last year, she made it in the 50.

Saturday at regionals, she posted her best times in the 50 and 100 butterfly.

She took second in a close race in the 50, finishing in 24.8. Kaylee Brawner of Granbury won the race in 24.67.

In the 100 butterfly, Aledo’s Meredith Schlosberg edged out Rowden, finishing in 59.53. Rowden touched the wall in 59.7.

Rowden also helped the Decatur team of Allie Blevins, Emily Howdeshell and Guirnalda Lopez take sixth in the 400 relay at regionals. The quartet swam a 4:14.08.

Blevins, a freshman, finished seventh in the 200 and 500. She turned a personal best 2:13.05 in the 200, trimming two seconds off her time. In the 500, she shaved seven seconds off, finishing in 5:51.66.

Fellow freshman Ethan Miles took 13th in the 50 freestyle, swimming 24.48.

“They worked so hard all year long,” said Decatur swim coach Brooklyn Huffman. “All that hard work paid off. They had a great weekend.”

Boyd’s Jake Bryans closed his career in the pool with an eighth-place finish in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.24. He turned in a career-best 59.11 in prelims to make the finals.

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