It will be a mixture of experience and inexperience when seven members of the Denton and Guyer swim teams compete on Feb. 21-22 at the UIL Swimming and Diving State Meet in Austin.
Five members of the Denton swim team will be making a return visit to Austin for the Class 4A UIL meet to compete in three events, while two Guyer members will be first-timers at the state finals. All qualified over the weekend at the Region II championships held at the Mansfield ISD Natatorium.
Denton’s DJ Lang will be making a second visit to the UIL meet in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, as will the foursome of Bri Broussard, Rachael Crews, Elise Page and Kayla McGill in the 200-yard medley relay. Qualifying for the first time from Guyer is Tristen Parish in the 100-yard breaststroke and Brandi Ruvang in the one-meter diving.
Lang, who has signed to swim for Alabama next year, heads to Austin as the Region II champion in the 200-yard freestyle. The senior turned in a winning time of 1:42.80. Lang finished fifth in this event at the state meet last year with a time of 1:42.71.
Lang also finished second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 46.79, just behind winner Adam Koster of Trophy Club Nelson (46.66).
Lang was a fourth-place finisher in Austin last year with a time of 46.65.
Denton’s 200-yard medley quartet of Broussard, Crews, Page and McGill claimed the regional championship in the event with a time of 1:53.79. This same foursome qualified last year in the event and finished fourth in the consolation finals with a time of 1:54.81.
Parish earned his first berth at the state meet by winning the 100-yard breaststroke, as the senior finished in a time of 58.67.
Ruvang, also a senior, claimed the regional title in the one-meter diving with a score of 266.00.