Stepping up to the block were this year’s 14 TISCA, Texas Interscholastic Swim Coach Association, qualifiers who dove into a record breaking meet Nov. 17 and 18 at the Mansfield Natatorium.
A total of four school records were broken and several best times were achieved by the meet’s end. The records were broken in prelims on Friday and then re-broken at finals on Saturday in the 200 I.M by freshman Maci Finder, the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle by freshman Amelia Cicerelli , and the 400 freestyle relay by Cicerelli, freshman Molly Donaldson, Finder, and sophomore Carolyn Kosek.
“During and after the race it didn’t feel like I went that fast and soon after I couldn’t move,” Cicerelli said.
Coach Betsy Murphy, Timber Creek’s new swim coach, was extremely pleased with how the meet turned out. “The swimmers really stepped it up.” she said “[They] put [their] hearts into it. I love watching [them] race.”
With five individuals and two more as part of relay, seven out of the 13 Timber Creek swimmers made it to finals.
“I think the team has great potential, we’re already breaking some records. I think we have a good chance of placing well at district.” Coach Murphy said.
The team traveled to and from the meet together both days, which provided some quality team bonding time spent making jokes on the bus and on the pool deck. Though much time is spent together during practice, swim meets are where they get to cheer on one another and celebrate the success of hard work.
“I was super excited going in [high school swim],” Cicerelli explained. “ I love it, mostly the meets and watching everyone cheer as a team,” Cicerelli explained.”
As said by Finder, the swim team is an “irreplaceable family”.
A list of those who competed along with the new school records can be found below:
Anna Lea Hankins (Alternate)
New 100 Freestyle record- 53.30 – Amelia Cicerelli
New 50 Freestyle record- 24.6 – Amelia Cicerelli
New 200 I.M record- 2:14.80 – Maci Finder
New 400 Freestyle record- 3:44.87 – Amelia Cicerelli, Molly Donaldson, Maci Finder, and Carolyn Kosek