Swim and Dive District meet

Swim and Dive competed at the District 13-6A Championships at Woodforest Natatorium on Jan. 20. The girls placed third at the meet and the boys placed fourth; both will be advancing to the Region 4-6A championships where they will compete on February 2-4.

The swimmers and divers were led to their placements by 1st year head coach Chris Peace.

“Being that it’s my first year here at Grand Oaks, I was really excited with all the time drops and all the work that they’ve put in and looking forward to the regional meet,” Coach Peace said.

Top swimmer, senior twin brothers Lucas and Brayden Hoke who went one and two in the 500 freestyle stroke bring great promises to the program.

“But I have a set of twin boys, boys that are seniors, Lucas and Brayden Hoke,” Peace said, “and they finished one two in the 500 freestyle and they did really awesome”

Lucas Hoke placed 1st in the 500 Freestyle and 6th in the 200 free. L. Hoke feels proud in his performance in district and feels prepared to compete and hopefully make it to state for one last ride before he goes to swim at Colorado School of Mines.

“We have a really fast district, so I had to rest a little bit before the meet to make sure that I was in good enough shape to make it out,” L.Hoke said. “The 500 Free I really wasn’t concerned about, but the 200 Free, I had to make sure I just got out, especially because I prefer the 500 free over the 200 Free in terms of my performance.”

Top Girl Swimmer,  junior Emily Burger also performed well at the district meet; Burger placed 3rd in the 100 backstroke and 6th in the 50 Free-stroke.

“I thought I did pretty well in everything” Burger said.

Other athletes that performed well were Xena Zanders, Ava Olanyk, Reiya Samant, and Emily Burger, who placed 2nd in the 200 Medley relay.

“I’m hoping that our girls 200 medley relay can make it to state,” Peace said. “They’re going to be in a tough battle with College Park and Klein and Tombal, but we’re hoping to bring them this year.”

Along with the swimmers, amazing Divers including Adrian Tapia will be advancing to regionals and show great promise to make it to state after his 3rd place finish at districts.

“I feel I performed well at districts, it was my best competition yet and I’m pumped for regionals,” Tapia said.