Sophomore swimmer, Seanna Muhitch, and sophomore diver, Mack Molloy, advanced on February 8 to compete at the state’s 6A UIL Swimming and Diving Championships. After a successful place and personal best for the two athletes at Regionals, the two will both qualify for state for their first time.

Muhitch finally claimed her spot in the state competition after narrowly being edged out last year.

”I am super excited to be going to state because I have worked extremely hard to get where I am at,” Muhitch said. ”It is a really good experience for me to have and I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do.”

The rising sophomore swam personal records in both the woman’s 500-freestyle and 100-breaststroke. Muhitch who already owns eight out of the 11 women’s swimming records at Timber Creek, demolished her previous records to set her on her path towards the state competition. Swimming a 4:56.31 for the woman’s 500-freestyle and a 1:05.23 for the 100-breaststroke, Muhitch is one of Timber Creek swim’s youngest state qualifiers.

Molloy also made a name of himself this season by being the sole diver to represent Timber Creek at state. At Regionals, Molloy competed in the 1 meter 11 dive event and scored a 454. Molloy advances to state shy of breaking the Timber Creek record for the 1 meter 11 dive which sits at a 514. Molloy is also one of the youngest divers in Timber Creek history to compete on the state level. Molloy describes the experience as “a major accomplishment”.

Head Coach Samantha Tudor had nothing but kind words for the two.

“I am absolutely thrilled that these two deserving athletes were able to qualify in one of the hardest regions in the state,” Tudor said. ”They’ve put in a lot of work 7 days a week, mostly twice a day and it’s paid off to compete at this top level with other athletes across the state.”

The two will be sent off to state on Thursday, February 17 at 9 a.m. and will compete in Austin at the the University of Texas at Austin for chance to win gold on February 18 – 19.

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By Dalton Pastorius

Dalton (he/him) is a senior and one of two opinion editors for the Timber Creek Talon. He has a passion for news and politics and is also the special projects editor for TCTV.