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Coppell swim senior Sean Li leads Coppell swim as team captain. Li takes on New York University as a business major and looks to continue swimming in college.

Making waves at state

Namir Awan, Staff Writer March 21, 2024

Three rounds.  More than 200 teams in Class 6A look to send one individual swimmer to the state championship in search of a medal. Three stages stand in between every swimmer and a spot in the championship.  As...

Coppell sophomore Emery Darrow attempts a reverse pike dive at Coppell YMCA on Jan. 24. As Coppell dive team captain, Darrow has broken several school records and consistently places in competition.

Diving for greatness

Namir Awan, Staff Writer February 1, 2024

Confidence.  Confidence is what Coppell sophomore dive captain Emery Darrow must meticulously demonstrate when she steps onto the diving board. Looming beneath her? A 10-foot monster unlike any...

Coppell High School senior Katy Jost qualified for the Junior National swimming competition after placing second at the Lakeside Aquatic Club Fall Classic for 500-yard freestyle. Jost has swam competitively for more than five years, and appreciates the progress she has made and the rewards of her hard work.

Jost aspires for new heights in swim

Yug Talukdar, Staff Writer December 7, 2023

Putting one arm forward, rippling through the water, Coppell senior mid-distance swimmer Katelyn Jost glides swiftly yet rapidly across the pool. Jost holds multiple school swim records, which haven’t...

Coppell juniors Diego Rivera-Mieses and Annie Chang swim in the rubber duck relay on Sept. 29 at the Coppell Family YMCA. Coppell Swim’s annual Vaquero Battle redefines a typical swim meet as it honors Coppell teachers through friendly intrasquad competition.

Swim team giddyups for good times at annual Vaquero Battle (video)

Kayla Nguyen and Rhea Chowdhary October 17, 2023

  The Coppell swim and dive held its annual Vaquero Battle, featuring a variety of intersquad competitions. The meet allows students to invite friends and teachers to compete in different...

Video: Get to Know a... varsity swimmer

Video: Get to Know a… varsity swimmer

Kayla Nguyen, Staff Photographer January 31, 2023

Wondering what it takes to be a Coppell High School varsity athlete? Watch The Sidekick staff photographer Kayla Nguyen interview Gabriel Campos and take a deep dive into the life of a Coppell varsity...

Coppell ISD Athletic Director Kit Pehl has initiated several changes in his first three years as athletic director to set the stage for the future of Coppell athletics. Pehl’s vision of a harmonious athletic department as well as a prioritization of winning and growing student athletes has prompted several coaching changes and there remains a continual drive for growth, improvement and excellence within Coppell Athletics.

Out with the old, in with the new

Meer Mahfuz, Staff Writer March 31, 2022

Carousel. A term that is often used to describe coaching and athletic changes across three levels of athleticism is quite literally what Coppell athletics has been experiencing in its recent history.  Everything...

Coppell varsity sophomore swimmer Sean Li competes in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke at the Coppell Family YMCA on Monday. The annual Vaquero Battle returned from a year of hiatus featuring a cannonball competition and fun student/teacher games.

Vaquero Battle reinforces community through a bounty of fun

Shrayes Gunna, Staff Writer October 20, 2021

The air in the YMCA is scented with chlorine that immediately hits the crowd. There is a sudden eruption of applause and laughter, which with one glance from the stands to the pool, a brash yellow meets...

2021 Vaquero Battle bringing changes to tradition

Olivia Cooper, Staff Photographer October 18, 2021

This year, the Coppell High School swim team is resuming an annual community tradition after it was interrupted by COVID-19 last year. The Vaquero Battle started as an intersquad swim meet several years...

Coppell swimming and diving coach Amanda Ross teaches during eighth period on Friday. Ross is a new coach at Coppell High School and has been coaching swimming for 10 years.

Coach’s Box: Ross starting year teaching perseverance

Anette Varghese, Student Life Editor September 17, 2021

Amanda Ross is Coppell’s new swimming and diving coach. This is her fourth year as a swimming coach and her first year at Coppell, previously teaching in Grand Prairie. She developed a love for water...

Coppell sophomore swimmer Asher Johnson practices his 25-yard freestyle on Nov. 19 at the Coppell YMCA. Johnson and the rest of the 200-meter relay team were disqualified after a false start at the Class 6A Region II Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday.

Swimming season ending after relay disqualification at regionals

Meer Mahfuz, Co-Sports Editor February 9, 2021

It only took a fraction of a second for the relay to take a turn for the worst. A split second where Coppell sophomore swimmer Nathan Kim was still in the water while junior swimmer Scott Moyer was starting....

Red and Black on Deck is a Sidekick series detailing the next seven days of Coppell varsity sports. It will be posted every Monday for the rest of the 2020-21 school year. Graphic by Samantha Freeman

Red and Black on Deck: 2/1-2/7

Meer Mahfuz, Co-Sports Editor February 1, 2021

Boys soccer continues the first round of its District 6-6A campaign by hosting Marcus in the rivalry match at Buddy Echols Field on Tuesday and travels to Hebron on Friday. Both matches begin at 7:30 p.m....

Coppell junior swimmer Bella Malick practices a butterfly stroke at the Coppell YMCA on Tuesday. Malick’s passion and self drive about her goals encourages her to attend optional practices every school day.

Malick swims the extra lap by attending optional practices

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer January 27, 2021

Time.  For Coppell junior swimmer Bella Malick, life is all about time. Ten years of swimming. Two hours of practice per day. Two minutes and 22 seconds to swim the 200-yard individual medley.  Five...

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