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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...

Coppell junior Claire Jiang warms up for the intrasquad meet on Nov. 21 at the YMCA. After Coppell High School was limited to virtual learning only for five days, the Coppell swimming team returned to action on Friday with an intrasquad meet at the Coppell YMCA.

Swim back in water for intrasquad meet

Sreeja Mudumby, Communications Manager November 30, 2020

The Coppell swimming team jumped back into the water on Nov. 21 for an intrasquad meet. With some people in and some people out of practice, times differed from individual to individual. “It really...

Coppell senior Krithi Medhuri competes in the girls 200-yard medley on Feb. 1, 2020 at the Lewisville ISD Westside Aquatic Center. The intrasquad meet will take place on Friday from 1:40 p.m. at the Coppell YMCA.

Swimmers prepping for intrasquad meet before break

Sreeja Mudumby, Communications Manager November 19, 2020

On Friday, Coppell swimming team will have an intrasquad tournament at 1:40 a.m. at the Coppell YMCA.  Winning at the Trinity Dual swim meet and the Vaquero battle, Coppell focuses on improving individual...

Coppell junior Lane Jacobs stays ahead of a pack at the Coppell Invitational on Sept. 4, 2019 at the course at Coppell Middle School West.

Understanding mental, physical aspects of pacing, distance racing

Anjali Krishna, Co-Sports Editor November 16, 2020

Whether pushing off the starting block for a 500-yard freestyle or starting a 5K run alongside many others, distinct patterns emerge as long-distance racers compete using various strategies tailored to...

Coppell assistant swim coach David Conrad teaches Coppell sophomore swimmer Hudeep Mallipeddi and senior swimmer Sofia Simula correct foot position during practice before school on Tuesday at the Coppell YMCA. Conrad coaches the varsity II team, and it is his fourth year as a swimming coach. Photo by Nandini Muresh

Coach’s Box: Conrad helping students find intrinsic motivation through experience

Sapna Amin, Staff Writer November 9, 2020

David Conrad is an assistant coach for the Coppell swim team and teaches conceptual physics. With the mere mention of Conrad’s swimmers, his eyes glisten and a smile lights up his face After more than...

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