KHS Swim Wins Regionals, 18 From KISD Headed To State
Keller High School’s swimming and diving team won the Region 1-6A Team Championships in both the Girls and Boys divisions on Saturday, February 2, and will send 15 swimmers and divers to this month’s State Championship Meet, along with three other Keller ISD student-athletes.
Keller High’s girls team racked up 407 points at the Regional Meet hosted by Lubbock’s Pete Ragus Aquatic Center. Midland finished in second with 262 points. The KHS boys finished with 367 team points and a commanding 73-point margin in front of second-place Mansfield.
KHS was especially dominant in the relays at Regionals, winning four of the six such events, and qualifying for state in each of them. Its Girls 200-Yard Medley Relay made up of Skye Pineda, Parisa Beladi, Gretchen Mabry, and Margaret Mabry, won its final with a time of 1:48.68 to start off a successful day for Keller High. The Boys 200 Medley Relay team of Sam Lucas, Noah Beladi, Tyler Johns, and Dylan Tran followed-up with a first-place finish, posting a time of 1:34.07 that set new school and regional records.
Later, Keller High collected wins in the Boys 200 Freestyle Relay with Johns, Beladi, Jay Jani, and Michael Merryman, and the Boys 400 Free Relay with Merryman, Johns, Lucas, and Tran, setting another regional record in the latter. The KHS girls teams would finish third and second in those same events, both qualifying for State.
Individual Regional Champions for Keller High included Lucas who set a new team record on his way to winning the Boys 200 Individual Medley, and Johns who won the Boys 100 Butterfly with the fourth fastest qualifying time in the state.
Central High School swimmer Donald Scott also had a successful meet, winning the Boys 200 Free with a time of 1:40.37, and the Boys 100 Breaststroke with a time of 56.92.
Fossil Ridge High School diver Rachel Dickerson won the Region 1-6A Diving Championship with a score of 437.75, edging out Keller High’s Kinzie Etzelmiller who finished with 411.70. Both qualified for the State Championships.
Timber Creek High School swimmer Maci Finder also qualified for State, finishing as runner-up in the Girls 200 Free race with a time of 1:55.91.
Here is a complete list of Keller ISD’s qualifiers for the 6A State Swimming and Diving Championships and their results from the Region 1-6A Meet:
Girls 200-Yard Medley Relay
KHS: Skye Pineda, Parisa Beladi, Gretchen Mabry, Margaret Mabry
1st Place, 1:48.68
Boys 200-Yard Medley Relay
KHS: Sam Lucas, Noah Beladi, Tyler Johns, Dylan Tran
Girls 200-Yard Freestyle
Maci Finder (TCHS)
Boys 200-Yard Freestyle
Donald Scott (CHS)
Girls 200-Yard Individual Medley
Maddie Williams (KHS)
Boys 200-Yard Individual Medley
Sam Lucas (KHS)
Girls 1-Meter Diving
Rachel Dickerson (FRHS)
Kinzie Etzelmiller (KHS)
Boys 100-Yard Butterfly
Tyler Johns (KHS)
Dylan Tran (KHS)
Boys 100-Yard Freestyle
Michael Merryman (KHS)
Girls 200-Yard Freestyle Relay
KHS: Maddie Williams, Kalie Landrum, Megan Hollaar, Sammi Thiele
Boys 200-Yard Freestyle Relay
KHS: Tyler Johns, Noah Beladi, Jay Jani, Michael Merryman
Girls 100-Yard Backstroke
Margaret Mabry (KHS)
Skye Pineda (KHS)
Boys 100-Yard Backstroke
Sam Lucas (KHS)
Boys 100-Yard Breaststroke
Donald Scott (CHS)
Noah Beladi (KHS)
Girls 400-Yard Freestyle Relay
KHS: Maddie Williams, Kalie Landrum, Skye Pineda, Margaret Mabry
Boys 400-Yard Freestyle Relay
KHS: Michael Merryman, Tyler Johns, Sam Lucas, Dylan Tran
Overall, Keller ISD swimmers and divers will compete in 16 of the 24 events at the Class 6A State Swimming and Diving Championship Meet on February 15-16 in Austin. Good luck to all of our student-athletes as they represent KISD at State!