Port Aransas has a new state bronze medal swimmer. Her name is Hannah Waters, and she’s 8 years old. Waters was one of sixteen Port Aransas Swim Team youth who traveled to Waco last weekend to compete in the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation State Games of Texas. She took the third place win in the 25-meter breaststroke, with a time of 22.21.
State qualifying swimmers had to have placed first or second in a regional competition held in early July.
Coach Nana Ward said this year more swimmers qualified for the state meet than has in previous years. She attributes the team’s success to the hard work of the swimmers, as well as an abundance of help from parents. She said Jim McClelland helped to coach the swimmers this year, also aiding in a successful year.
The team is already making plans for next year by hosting a silent auction fundraiser at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 4, at Trout Street Bar and Grill, 104 W. Cotter Ave. An awards ceremony also will be held at the event (see story Page 2A.)
Ward said she hopes to have a fall league to run September through December. She feels last year’s fall league was helpful in getting so many of the swimmers to the state meet. Those interested in participating should e-mail Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Results from the state meet follows:
Girls 8 and Under
25 M Breaststroke, 3rd, Hannah Waters, 22.21.
Girls 10 and Under
25 M Breaststroke, 19th, Wynne Parsons, 21.91.
25 M Backstroke, 9th, Allison Hille, 18.75.
25 M Freestyle, 9th, Allison Hille, 15.39.
50 M Freestyle, 13th, Allison Hille, , 34.20.
100 M Medley Relay, 9th, Team A (Hailey Clark, Parsons, Garlough, Kylee Barwise), 1:14.95.
50 M Freestyle, 11th, Jenna Ward, 28.14.
50 M Backstroke, 11th, Jenna Ward, 33.40.
50 M Butterfly, 13th, Jenna Ward, 31.82.
10th, Jenna Ward, 1:12.80.
Boys 8 and Under
25 M Backstroke, 17th, Ian McClelland, 23.37.
25 M Breaststroke, 5th, Conner Kreutziger, 24.58.
50 M Freestyle, 14th, Ian McClelland, 38.56.
Boys 10 and Under
25 M Backstroke, 15th, Ryan Brown, 19.72.
25 M Breaststroke,16th, Ryan Brown, 22.09.
25 M Butterfly, 28th, Cas Ward, 23.32.
50 M Freestyle, 24th, Forrest Garlough, 36.55.
50 M Breaststroke, 26th, Elliott Morris, 42.05.
200 M Freestyle, 15th, Elliott Morris, 2:30.93.