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Swimming: Denton’s Lang, Knapp, Milbitz qualify for state finals

Profile image for By Lauren Jette / For the Denton Record-Chronicle
By Lauren Jette / For the Denton Record-Chronicle

AUSTIN — Denton will have a shot at four medals in the Class 4A finals today after impressive performances in Friday’s preliminaries at the state meet.

Denton junior DJ Lang qualified in fourth place in both the boys 200-yard freestyle and 100 freestyle.

Senior Cody Knapp qualified in the 100 backstroke, while senior Anthony Milbitz qualified in the 100 breaststroke.

“I was happy with the team’s performance,” Denton coach Chris Cullen said. “The first day, you shoot for the top eight, and [today] for the medal stand.”

Despite a rocky start in the 100 freestyle, Lang was able to improve on his time from the regional meet and claim a spot in the state finals.

“They told us to take our marks, and when I did my back twitched,” Lang said. “Usually that would disqualify you, but they just told us to take our marks again, but the second time I was just a little out of it.”

Lang said he was aiming to swim even faster today.

“I’m shooting for first or second in the 100 free and hopefully second in the 200 free,” Lang said.

To prepare for the finals, Cullen said, the team was going to stick to its regular routine of eating dinner, relaxing, sleeping and eating a good breakfast.

“They’ll be ready,” Cullen said. “They have their goals for the finals.”

The boys 200 medley relay team finished in 10th place with a time of 1:39.76. Lang, Milbitz, Knapp and sophomore Andy Ye turned in a time of 1:55.76.

Milbitz also competed in the 200 individual medley.

The girls 200 medley relay team of juniors Bri Broussard and Kayla McGill, sophomore Rachael Crews and freshman Elise Page finished 14th with a time of 1:55.76.

Page posted a time of 55.33 in the 100 freestyle.