Memorial High School Mustangs
The Memorial Swim and Dive team has the potential to advance very far and have set out some strong goals
With a large group of upperclassmen who bring experience and enthusiasm, Head Coach Jason Mauss believes that they are key in earning victories.
The team is planning on building off last year, where they broke two relay records from the 1980s, won the district team title and sent many athletes to the state tournament.
“If we stay focused, we believe we have the opportunity to be even better, as we strive to improve our times every day,” said Mauss.
Four returning athletes and state title contenders are Kassidy Kitchel, Oliver Grossman, Romain Joubert and Reid Vandervoort. The boys group returns with three athletes who swam on relays at the state meet last year, as well as Grossman and Kitchel who both qualified in multiple events at state last year.
For the divers, the Mustangs have a young and talented group of athletes.
Every year the team looks forward to the annual Hornet Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (TISCA) Invitational in Corpus Christi that took place in late November, where the boys team placed first overall and the girls team placed second overall. The annual rivalry meet with Stratford is also a highly anticipated matchup. However, the part of the season they love most is when the team competes for championships, as everyone has the opportunity to step up and improve in a very fast environment.
As the team dives into their season, there are plenty of opportunities to support the Mustangs!
“Our swimmers and divers always enjoy seeing their family, friends, teachers and fans cheer them on at the meets,” said Mauss.
Northbrook High School Raiders
The Northbrook Swim team holds a variety of experience and are looking to grow this season
Head Coach Amanda Salazar understands that a portion of each of her teams will begin the season with limited knowledge of the sport, but she believes that is what makes the Raiders so unique.
“Knowing the difficulty of high school swimming, I’m impressed over and over again that these kids do it with a smile on their faces,” said Salazar. “Our experienced swimmers also do a great job of helping us teach the strokes to their newer teammates, and are always there for newer swimmers when they need support.”
Gadiel Montero Perez has been with the Raiders since his freshman year and has continued to be one of their top athletes. He has broken five of Northbrook’s records, and is looking to break more during his senior year. Seniors Grey Mealey and Jalen Barnett have also shown immense improvement in their events since their freshmen year. Senior Yousef Saber has been improving on his times and is a force in the freestyle swim. Junior Jacob Parson has also been a standout swimmer this season in the freestyle and breaststroke swims.
Salazar also believes that her underclassmen have great potential to be title contenders in the coming seasons.
The Raiders are looking forward to the third annual ‘Donut’ meet and the SBISD Invitational.
“We enjoy these meets because they provide wonderful opportunities for our swimmers to compete against some of the best swimmers in the district,” said Salazar. “This really gives them a chance to see the improvement they’ve made by competing at a high level.”
Though a small team in numbers, Salazar knows that each swimmer loves to see Northbrook supporters in the stands during meets.
“I would really enjoy seeing other Northbrook coaches, and faculty and staff take an interest in what these guys are doing in the pool! It takes a lot of hard work and grit to compete in swimming,” said Salazar.
Spring Woods High School Tigers
The Spring Woods Swim team is experienced and prepared, with multiple students ready to make big waves this season
According to Head Coach Loren Gardner, this team is special because most of the swimmers are juniors who have been with the program for three years now. The experience of swimming in a tough district and competitive meets allows Gardner to have confidence in his athletes.
“Hannah Jennings is a leader for us and is poised to do big things this year,” said Gardner.
William Gordon is another swimmer to watch for as he has consistently excelled in backstroke and freestyle swims. Breaststroke standout Alicia Schmidt and freestyle swimmer Landon Wolfram are two others to keep an eye on, as they both perform at the highest level.
The Tigers are excited every time they get to swim, but Gardner is especially ready to see how the team continues to do after their strong performance at the TISCA meet in Corpus Christi, where recently Jennings broke a 26-year-old school record for the 100-meter fly!
“Cheering fans are always appreciated,” said Gardner. The team would love to see more of their fellow students, teachers and community members attend their meets and cheer them on!
Stratford High School Spartans
The Stratford Swim and Dive team is ready to excel during swim meets and take on their competition
Head Coach Casandra Brisbin knew she would need to get creative in training since day one.
Beginning the season at the Tomball Memorial/Dulles swim meet, Brisbin saw her swimmers finish with some of their personal best times resulting in a win at the tri-meet.
“After this swim meet, I got so excited to see the outcome of the full season. We have very talented and motivated athletes that love the sport,” said Brisbin.
Leading the pack are the Moss brother duo, senior Lowell and sophomore Nathan. Also in leadership positions are senior Allison Ortiz, alongside juniors Emma Jackson and Lindsay Wong. Brisbin is looking also at a strong group of underclassmen swimmers; sophomores Elle Burke, Marin Pavlinn and Julian Hemmer, and freshmen Vince Nguyen and Sophia Giesecke.
“There are too many swimmers to name! You will just need to come and see them at our swim meets,” said Brisbin.
Being in a new region this year, Brisbin is most excited to see how the swimmers will do competing versus district opponents. For the last couple of years, Stratford has gotten familiar swimming against powerhouses Woodlands High and Klein High, but now the Spartans are looking forward to new competition. The team has already made a big splash amongst their competitors, breaking multiple records and placing first at the renowned Northeast TISCA meet in late November.
“We are looking forward to competing against Cy-Fair, Cy-Creek, Cy-Ridge and Cy-Woods,” said Brisbin. “Our team goal is to have swimmers make all events in the finals for Regionals and make it to State, of course.”
The Spartans are excited for their school community to cheer them on at their swim meets!