Lang helps lead Broncos to strong showing at regional championships
It was a banner day on Saturday for the Denton Broncos swim team, Denton swimmer DJ Lang and Denton ISD swim coach Chris Cullum.
Competing at the Region 2-4A meet in Mansfield, Denton finished third overall in the boys and girls division, Lang was named the swimmer of the meet and Cullen was named the regional swim coach of the year.
The Broncos won eight of 24 events, with the winners automatically qualifying for the state meet in Austin in two weeks. Denton’s boys 200-yard freestyle relay has also qualified due to their outstanding time to finish second in the event.
Guyer also had an outstanding day, finishing fourth in the girls division and 13th in the boys division, and between the two set 10 new school records.
In the Class 5A meet held at Keller ISD Natatorium, Ryan finished 14th in the boys division.
Lang, a junior, in earning the swimmer of the meet honor, won the gold medal in both the 100- and 200-yard freestyle and was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay team.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Lang finished with a time of 1 minute, 45.11 seconds, five seconds better than the second-place finisher. In the 100-yard freestyle, Lang turned in a winning time of 47.27, a new school record.
Anthony Milbitz, Cody Knapp and Andy Ye joined Lang on the 200-yard medley relay and their winning time of 1:38.48 also was a DHS record.
Milbitz, a senior, equaled Lang’s gold total with three. He won two individual gold medals in the 200-yard individual medley and in the 100-yard backstroke. Milbitz won the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:01.69 and turned in a winning time of 53.51 in the backstroke, a school record.
Freshman Elise Page earned two golds by winning the 100-yard freestyle and was a member of the winning 200-yard medley relay team. In the 100-yard freestyle, Page won in a time of 53.91, while Guyer’s Christina Coon finished a third in 55.18, a Guyer school record.
Page, along with Bri Broussard, Rachael Crews and Kayla McGill, won the 200-yard medley relay with a school-record time of 1:55.56. Page also finished second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.13. Coons later took second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.20, also a Guyer school record.
Knapp, a DHS junior, won two gold medals, one as a member of the 200 medley relay and winning the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:00.37, more than two seconds better than his closest competitor.
Lang, Milbitz, Kevin and Andy Ye teamed to finish second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:29.88, and that time was good enough to earn them a berth in the state meet.
The foursome of Broussard, Crews, McGill and Page finished second in the 200-yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:43.84, a new DHS record. Guyer’s squad of Brooke Scherer, Maegan Merriman, Jodie Stautner and Coon were third at 1:47.58, also a Guyer school record. That same Guyer foursome took second in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a school record time of 3:53.12.
Crews finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:11.74, a new school record for the DHS sophomore.
At the Region 2-5A meet, Ryan’s Mikey Winfrey had the best finish by taking ninth in one-meter diving with a final score of 318.90 points.
The 200-yard medley relay unit of Blaine Gaston, Aaron Lawrence, Austin Pyrch and Richard Szepesi finished 10th with a time of 1:46.76. The same foursome finished 12th in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:35.40.
Lawrence finished 11th in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.67 and was 17th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.23.
Pyrch was 11th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 54.52 and took 15th in the 200-yard individual medley.
Szepesi was 11th in the 50-yard freestyle and 11th in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.53.