Regional Swimming Recap from Coach Buckalew

Regional Swimming Recap from Coach Buckalew

On Thursday, January 18th, 2018, the Viking Swimmers competed in the TAPPS Regional Championships ever.  A total of 19 swimmers, 6 girls and 13 boys traveled to the U of H main campus to compete in this event.

At the end of the day, the Viking Men Swimmers had their strongest showing ever at a TAPPS Regional Swim Meet.  The Viking Men had their 1st Regional Champion in Mac B in the 100 Backstroke and finished 3rd in the Men's Division I Group.  Other Automatic state qualifiers for the men's team were Tom N 3rd in 50 FR, Michael T - 2nd in 100 BR, Daniel M - 3rd in 100 FR and all three men's relays qualified for State taking second in each of the three relays swum. Other men swimmers adding points for the Viking total were Martin M in the 100 Breast and 200 IM and Denis F in the 100 Fly.

The Viking Ladies team sent 6 swimmers to Regionals and while they weren't able to have any automatic state qualifiers they are expecting call-ups in both the 200 Medley Relay and the 200 Free Relay where they placed 5th in each race at Regionals. Nicole K, Hanadi A, Kiera C and Hazel S were all members of these two relay teams.  Lady Vikings scoring individual points were Handai A in the 50 Free and the 500 Free and Nicole K in the 100 Free.

Men's automatic State qualifiers, Mac B, 1st in 100 BK, Tom N 3rd in 50 FR, Michael T, 2nd in 100 BR, Daniel M, 3rd 100 FR. Waiting on call ups are: Dennis F in the 100 Fly and Martin M in the 100 Breast and 200 IM.  Automatic qualifiers on relays for 400 free relay & 200 Medley Relay, (Mac B, Michael T, Dennis F, Tom N). On the 200 free relay; Mac B, Daniel M, Dennis F and Tom N. 

Lady Viking Possible State qualifiers: 200 Medley Relay and 200 Free Relay; Nicole K, Hanadi A, Kiera C, Hazel S - (awaiting call-ups). Individual Lady Vikings waiting on call ups are Nicole K 100 Free and Hanadi A. in the 50 and 500 Free.

Congratulations to everyone on the Viking Swim Team!