Swim team rides wave of momentum into regionals


Sydney Rowe

Coppell senior Johan Pretorius races the 200-yard individual medley using the breaststroke at the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center on Jan. 18. Many elite swimmers from the Coppell swim team are competing in the Class 6A Region II Swimming and Diving Meet today and tomorrow at the LISD Westside Aquatic Center.

Pramika Kadari, Executive News & Enterprise Editor

This weekend at the Lewisville Westside Aquatic Center, many of Coppell’s elite swimmers who advanced past district are racing in their last meet of the year, the Class 6A Region II Swimming and Diving Meet – except for the ones who advance to state. 

Preliminary rounds take place today and finals on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. both days. 

After seeing Coppell junior Cole Tramel crush two records at the district swim meet and advancing swimmers to regionals for six relay teams and seven individual events, the team is ready to keep rolling off its momentum. 

“My goal right now is to get the school record for the 200 medley relay,” Coppell sophomore Nathan Lim said. “That’s what my goal is for regions. It’s kind of a long shot, but it would be really nice to get the record. I just have to try my best.”

In addition to the six relays (200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay for both genders), Coppell’s individual qualifiers are senior Johan Pretorius (for 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley), senior Aurelie Migault (100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle), Tramel (500 freestyle and 200 freestyle), junior Ivan Lau (for 200 individual medley) and junior Shreya Tirumala (for 100 backstroke). 

“Meet wise, we’ve done really well this season, better than last year,” Lim said. “Everyone’s been training really hard. For most of us, our efforts have shown through. Most of us have dropped a significant amount of time and it’s been good for the entirety of the swim team.”

As the season nears its conclusion, the swimmers are taking time to appreciate these final meets together.

“As a team, we’ve just bonded together, especially between the underclassmen and upperclassmen,” Coppell senior captain Reesha Goes said. “At first, we were disconnected, but then through these meets and getting to know each other, we’ve become stronger as a team.”

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