Friendly feuds to be held at Vaquero Battle


Tracy Tran

Coppell sophomore swimmer Krithi Meduri competes in the Dragon Hunt Invitational at the Carroll Natatorium in Southlake on Oct. 17. The Vaquero Battle meet will be held tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. in the Coppell YMCA. Photo by Tracy Tran.

Joanne Kim, Staff Writer

Tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., the Coppell swim team holds its annual Vaquero Battle meet at the Coppell YMCA. 

This meet, unlike most, is not a competition against rival high school swim teams. Instead, it is a competition amongst the Coppell swimmers themselves, intended to promote a fun yet competitive atmosphere, encourage team spirit and garner the swim team more recognition in the community. All students, teachers and parents are encouraged to attend.

There are eight events for both boys and girls: the 100-yard freestyle, the 25-yard dolphin kick underwater, the 50-yard butterfly, the 50-yard breaststroke, the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard butterfly, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 100-yard backstroke

However, these events are not all the meet will consist of. Small entertaining segments will also be taking place between races.

The first segment is the teacher appreciation event, and multiple teachers invited by swimmers will participate in a mixed 100-yard freestyle relay. The second is a basketball challenge. During this segment, CHS basketball players race against the shortest members on the swim team. While the basketball players are free to swim however they like, the swim team members are only allowed to swim using their legs.

“We’ve all practiced really hard for [the Vaquero Battle],” Coppell freshman swimmer Yuna Otsuki said. “It’s going to be a fun meet. There’s going to be a lot of people we know coming to watch us, so we can show everyone the progress we’ve made this year.”

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