The Reedy High School girls swimming and diving team, which won its first regional title in school history, led a strong performance by Frisco ISD swimmers at the 5A Region III Swimming and Diving Championships at Bruce Eubanks Natatorium.
Reedy won the girls title with 304 points, and the Wakeland High School boys nearly gave FISD a sweep of the team titles. Highland Park won the boys title with 297 points, a mere two ahead of Wakeland at 295.
FISD swimmers won a total of 13 individual titles at the meet. Seven of them were won by Reedy swimmers – girls and boys.
“These kids are so special,” Reedy coach Jennifer Beagle said of her team. “They’re elite kids and swimming at another level, and although they’re doing that, they’re having so much fun.”
Six FISD girls high school teams finished in the top 10, with Reedy followed by Wakeland (4th), Frisco (5th), Lone Star (8th), Centennial (9th) and Independence and Liberty, which tied for 10th. Five District boys teams finished in the top 10, with Wakeland followed by Reedy (5th), Memorial (6th), Independence (7th) and Frisco (9th).
Together, they helped ensure that FISD will have another strong presence at the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be Feb. 15-16 in Austin.
Beagle was named the region’s Girls Coach of the Year and Wakeland coach Melissa Howard was named the Boys Coach of the Year. Reedy senior Abby Koczo was selected as the Outstanding Girls Swimmer of the Meet after winning the 200-yard individual medley, the 100-yard backstroke and swimming the third leg of the champion 200-yard freestyle relay. Her teammate, senior Amelia Liu, also won two individual events – the 50- and 100-yard freestyles – and was part of the champion relay foursome. Liu’s time of 23.46 seconds in the 50 free broke the pool and region records.
Liu was named the Outstanding Girls Swimmer of the District meet two weeks ago.
“It’s pretty cool to have one athlete earn Swimmer of the Meet at the District Championship, and then one of her teammates earns it at the Regional Championship two weeks later,” Beagle said.
Two boys from FISD won multiple events. Reedy sophomore Michael Belair won the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke, while Wakeland senior Ty Gibbs won the 200-yard freestyle and anchored the Wolverines’ 400-yard free relay.
A list of the qualifiers for the state meet can be found on the UIL's website:
--- FISD INDIVIDUAL WINNERS ---
-- Girls --
Abby Koczo, Reedy, 200 individual medley
Abby Koczo, Reedy, 100 backstroke
Amelia Liu, Reedy, 50 freestyle
Amelia Liu, Reedy, 100 freestyle
Lindsey Ryalls, Frisco, 100 butterfly
Joelle Reddin, Lone Star, 500 freestyle
Jadyn Jannasch, Frisco, 100 breaststroke
Reedy 200 freestyle relay: Gianna Sangalang, Hanna-Mary Cook, Abby Koczo, Amelia Liu
Wakeland 400 freestyle relay: Noelle Tong, Mira Liska, Lydia Medigovich, Jenna Hood
-- Boys --
Ty Gibbs, Wakeland, 200 freestyle
Michael Belair, Reedy, 100 freestyle
Michael Belair, Reedy, 100 backstroke
Wakeland 400 freestyle relay: Jack McKenna, Conor McKenna, Brendan Debergh, Ty Gibbs
--- TOP 10 TEAM STANDINGS ---
-- Girls –
1. Reedy (3-4)
2. Lovejoy (262)
3. Highland Park (246)
4. Wakeland (169)
5. Frisco (153)
6. Grapevine (149)
7. Colleyville Heritage (129)
8. Lone Star (117)
9. Centennial (111)
10. (tie) Independence (99)
10. (tie) Liberty (99)
-- Boys –
1. Highland Park (297)
2. Wakeland (295)
3. Lovejoy (263)
4. Colleyville Heritage (179.5)
5. Reedy (161)
6. Memorial (132)
7. Independence (128)
8. The Colony (119)
9. Frisco (111)
10. McKinney North (95)