Wakeland Repeats as State Champ; FISD Students Pile Up Medals

Feb 20, 2022

The depth of swimming and diving in Frisco ISD showed in the numbers at this year’s UIL State Championships as District swimmers combined for three state titles and 15 medals in individual events. The depth also showed in a dominant performance by the Wakeland High School boys team, which won its second straight 5A state team title – this time by a whopping 88 points.

“Their attitude from day one of practice was to not settle,” Wakeland coach Griffin Marshall said. “They showed up, worked hard, and you see it in the results.”

The results were impressive for all of Frisco ISD, which sent a District record 91 student-athletes to the state meet, including alternates. All 10 FISD high schools that currently have upperclassmen were represented on Saturday, the final day of the competition at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

Independence’s Sienna Schellenger won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle races at her final state meet. Wakeland senior Conor McKenna was FISD’s other individual champ, winning the 200-yard freestyle to go along with a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly. He also was part of Wakeland’s 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams that took second. Wakeland also finished third in the 200 free relay, giving it medals in all the relay events, which piled up points and added to Wakeland’s cushion in the team standings.

Marshall, who took over as Wakeland coach this year, joked after the meet that he just didn’t want to mess things up. Wakeland has quite a history in swimming, after all, with state runner-up finishes in 2019 and 2020 and last year’s state championship. But each year is a new challenge for each FISD program, and the District’s swimmers are ready for that challenge – and the high expectations.

The Wakeland boys, who became the eighth FISD team to win a state championship since 2005, led six FISD teams in the top 30 of the boys state standings. Frisco was 12th, Reedy 15th, Heritage 24th, Centennial 27th and Lebanon Trail 28th. In the girls standings, Reedy was 11th, Wakeland was 12th and Memorial and Independence tied for 22nd. Liberty was 32nd and Centennial was 33rd.

Team Standings

Top FISD Teams

Boys

1. Wakeland … 259.5

12. Frisco … 68

15. Reedy … 52

24. Heritage … 28

27. Centennial … 26.5

28. Lebanon Trail … 24

Girls

11. Reedy … 78

12. Wakeland … 75

22. Independence … 40

22. Memorial … 40

32. Liberty … 20

33. Centennial … 19

FISD Medalists

Boys

200 free: Conor McKenna, Wakeland (first)

50 free: Tate Bladon, Wakeland (second)

50 free: Jon VanZandt, Frisco (third)

100 fly: Conor McKenna, Wakeland (second)

100 free: Jon VanZandt, Frisco (second)

100 breast: Travis Gulledge, Centennial (third)

100 breast: Jackson Armour, Wakeland (third) 

200 medley relay: Wakeland (second)

Team members: Jonathan Michaels, Alexander Udrys, Conor McKenna, Matthew Beard

200 free relay: Wakeland (third)

Team members: Jackson Armour, Matthew Beard, Aidan Tenkhoff, Tate Bladon 

400 free relay: Wakeland (second)

Team members: Tate Bladon, Jonathan Michaels, Aidan Tenkhoff, Conor McKenna

Girls

50 free: Sienna Schellenger, Independence (first)

100 free: Sienna Schellenger, Independence (first)

500 free: Logan Morris, Wakeland (second)

Diving: Peyton Guziec, Memorial (second)

Diving: Olivia Nelson, Centennial (third)

 

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