By Michael Kinney
The Moore American
MOORE — Halfway through the season, the Southmoore swim team has shown mark improvement from last year. Coach Darin Davis likes what he has seen from his boys and girls team early on.
“This year has been very exciting,” Davis said. “We have doubled the number of swimmers who will be competing as individuals at state from last year, and we still have four to five swimmers who are very close to the state cut. Last year we did not even have enough girls to make a relay team and now they have qualified in two events. It has been great to see our team grow and our swimmers improve.”
The SMH boys are taking first place in Lawton Dec. 14. It was the program’s second ever victory. They are being paced by Duncan Barnhart and Sam Sampson. Tyler Sriver and Mikhael Schisler have also shown steady improvement.
“Reid Hibbs is having another great year as a junior,” Davis said. “He has qualified in every event and should be very competitive at the state meet this year.”
The Southmoore girls also had a strong day at Lawton with a second place finish with Elizabeth Le and Kayla Sriver leading the charge.
Le has qualified for state in every event except for the 500 freestyle. Sriver has qualified in the 50 free and is less than a second away from qualifying in the 100 free as a freshman.
“Elizabeth Le is pushing hard to end her senior year as a top competitor at state,” Davis said. “From the outside looking in, I don’t think that there were a lot of expectations for our team this year other than Reid and Liz. However, as a coach, we still have a long way to go to reach the goals that I set for the program in year two. I am very proud of the effort that our entire team has put forward and we are on track to reach the goals that I envisioned for our team this year.”
The Westmoore swim team has also had a solid first half of the season. At the Lawton meet, the boys 200 freestyle relay qualified for state as did Alexis Trinh in the 500 freestyle.
“The season has been good so far,” Jaguars coach Brent Long said. “The girls have qualified in all three relays and the boys have qualified in two of the three relays. Daniel Pham has qualified in every event except the 500 free. Alexis Trinh has qualified in the 100 free, 200 free and the 500 free. Tiffany Pham, Christine Nguyen, London Donaldson, and Jonathan Yoon are extremely close to qualifying in several events.”
When the season began, Long was looking to build up his squad and the program. And that starts in practice. He is seeing the results of their work.
“The expectations were to become a very good practice team and we are accomplishing that,” Long said. “I also wanted to qualify all of the relays for state and we are one away from doing that. Finally, I wanted to qualify at least five individuals for state and we have two that have qualified and few that are really close. We need to put together some real productive practices and make that final push to improve our times before we start to taper off in mid to late January.”
The Westmoore, Southmoore and Moore swim teams will be back in action Jan. 15 at the Putnam City Invite at Oklahoma City Community College.
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