Showing the depth of Frisco ISD’s swimmers and divers, there will be an FISD-record 91 student-athletes heading to Austin this week for the UIL State Meet in Austin.
The 91 FISD student-athletes, which includes alternates, will be at the meet Friday and Saturday (Feb. 18-19) at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. The swimming and diving preliminaries are on Friday and the finals begin Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
The Wakeland boys are the defending 5A state champions and earlier this month won the 5A Region III championship. At last year’s state meet, FISD athletes won three individual state championships and earned medals in 13 events. Wakeland’s title last year was FISD’s seventh state team swimming and diving championship since 2005.
Story from the Regional Meet (published Feb. 8, 2022)
Wakeland won the boys team championship and Frisco ISD had a dozen individual event winners Tuesday at the 5A Region 3 Swimming and Diving Meet at Bruce Eubanks Natatorium.
Wakeland, the defending 5A state boys champion, finished off a dominant performance with 472 points to finish well ahead of Lovejoy (289) in second. Other FISD boys teams in the 10 of the standings were fourth-place Reedy (191), sixth-place Frisco (146), seventh-place Lebanon Trail (121), ninth-place Heritage (103) and 10th-place Lone Star (92).
Prosper Rock Hill won the 5A girls region title with 337 points and was followed by Reedy (283) in second place and Wakeland (234) in third. Other FISD girls teams in the top 10 of the standings were Memorial (207) in fifth, Centennial (123) in seventh and Independence (117) in ninth.
Wakeland’s Conor McKenna was named the TISCA Boys Swimmer of the Meet and Independence’s Sienna Schellenger won the TISCA Girls Swimmer of the Meet honor. Schellenger set 5A Region 3 meet records in both the 50-yard freestyle (22.85 seconds) and 100 freestyle (49.96). McKenna set a region meet record in the 100 butterfly (48.03) and was part of the Wakeland boys relay team that set a meet record in the 200 medley relay. Other FISD swimmers who set meet records were Frisco’s Jon VanZandt in the 100 free (45.05) and Centennial’s Travis Gulledge in the 100 breaststroke (56.13).
Memorial’s Lauren Liston was named the 5A Region 3 Girls Coach of the Year and Reedy’s Jenny Beagle was named the 5A Region 3 Boys Coach of the Year. Claudia Sunday, who coaches all of Frisco ISD’s divers, was named the Region 3 Girls Dive Coach of the Year.
The top finishers in each event advanced to the UIL State Swimming and Diving Meet, which will be Feb. 18-19 at the University of Texas in Austin.
FISD 5A Region 3 Event Winners
Sienna Schellenger, Independence, 50 free
Sienna Schellenger, Independence, 100 free
Maria Oushalkas, Liberty, 200 free
200 free relay: Memorial
(Mia Remorca, Kylie Tran, Ella Elvanbuena, Eden Addison)
Conor McKenna, Wakeland, 100 fly
Conor McKenna, Wakeland, 200 free
Jon VanZandt, Frisco, 50 free
Jon VanZandt, Frisco, 100 free
Travis Gulledge, Centennial, 100 breast
200 medley relay: Wakeland
(Jonathan Michaels, Conor McKenna, Alexander Udrys, Aidan Tenkhoff)
200 free relay: Wakeland
(Jackson Armour, Aidan Tenkhoff, Matthew Beard, Tate Bladon)
400 free relay: Wakeland
(Tate Bladon, Jonathan Michaels, Matthew Beard, Conor McKenna)