West Brazos swimmers

West of the Brazos Swim Team members will compete today at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Region I Swim Meet in hopes of qualifying for the Texas State Games.

Swimmers from the West of the Brazos and Freeport teams will be taking their shot at state berths today at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Region I meet in Shenandoah.

A number of girls and boys from each team enter today’s meet in position to snag a top-three finish that would qualify them for the Texas State Games in two weeks in College Station.

The West Brazos girls 100 medley relay team in the 9-10 age group of Abigail Miksch, Kate Chilton, Makena Nichols and Gianna Kallus is the top seed in the region. Their time of 1 minute, 11.11 seconds is eight seconds better than the second-seeded team. The 100 free relay team in the same division — Hope Kadlecik, Emerson Montgomery, Kesleigh Corn and Larissa Bracken — is a No. 2 seed with a time of 1:04.51.

No. 2 individual seeds are Miksch in the 9-10 25 backstroke (17.98) and Kendall Dean in the 13-14 50 backstroke (32.71). Third seeds include Reagan Worden in 6U 25 backstroke (28.38) and 25 free (25.68); Kate Chilton in 9-10 25 breaststroke (20.93); Makena Nichols in 9-10 25 butterfly (16.32); the 13-14 200 medley relay team of Kendall Dean, Gracie Bible, Kamryn Moore and Audrey Vacek (2:26.48); and the 13-14 200 free relay with the same foursome (2:09.86); fourth seeds include Chilton in the 9-10 50 free (37.95), Miksch in the 9-10 100 IM (1:29.24); Dean in the 13-14 100 free (1:03.07) and 50 free (28.05); and Katie Bible in the 15-17 50 free (30.72).

Lacie Welch leads the fifth seeds in 8U 50 free (47.73), joined by Kallus in 9-10 25 free (15.88) and Bible in 15-17 50 breaststroke (39.93); and sixth seeds are Welch in 8U 25 free (21.18), Kallus in 9-10 25 backstroke (19.41), Nichols in 9-10 25 free (15.91) and Bible in 15-17 100 free (1:11.76). Seeded eighth in 13-14 are Gracie Bible in 50 breaststroke (39.16) and Moore in 50 butterfly (35.97).

West Brazos boys with No. 2 seeds all compete in the 15-17 age group. They are Dakota Mann in 100 free (56.31) and 50 butterfly (27.02), James Massengale in 50 breaststroke (34.15), and the 15-17 200 IM relay team of Dylan Foster, Massengale, Mann and Jacob Bailes (1:57.39).

Other seeded boys include Benjamin Bailes in 9-10 25 backstroke (19.56) at No. 3; Foster is seeded fourth in 15-17 50 backstroke (30.60) and 100 IM (1:07.86); Drew Miksch is seeded fifth in 8U 50 free (50.89); sixth, Benjamin Bailes in 9-10 25 butterfly (20.58); eighth, Rene Rodriguez Jr. in 13-14 50 backstroke (36.58); and Drew Miksch in 8U 25 free (23.32) and Benjamin Bailes in 9-10 25 free (17.74) are seeded 10th.


The Freeport Swim Team has three No. 4 seeds who will be trying to climb a notch into a state-qualifying position. They are Makayla Adams in 8U 25 backstroke (25.13), the 11-12 200 medley relay of Gracie Collins, Kelsie Myers, Kaileigh Patton and Penelope Perkins (2:50.86) and the 11-12 200 free relay with the same four swimmers (2:27.76). Seeded seventh is Kelsie Myers in 11-12 50 breaststroke (43.74); ninth is Patton in 11-12, 50 butterfly (43.24); and Adams is seeded 10th in both 8U 50 free (54.09) and 25 free (22.79).

On the boys side the lone top 10 seed is Kasey Adams in the 11-12 division who is seeded ninth in both the 100 free (1:18.08) and 50 backstroke (38.99).

Joel Luna is sports editor for The Facts. Contact him at 979-237-0160 or at joel.luna@thefacts.com

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