Written by SportsDayDFW.com
HP girls win Class 4A swim title; Carroll boys, girls dominate in 5A
AUSTIN — It was like they knew it couldn’t happen a second time. For Highland Park’s girls swim team, failing to win the 4A girls state championship was seemingly an impossible scenario.
Highland Park, which had its 10-year state championship winning streak snapped last year by Frisco, regained the title Saturday, and by the time the Scots got to celebrating, they already had personalized t-shirts, fashioned in the school’s familiar blue and gold.
The front read “2012 State Champions.” The back had a listing of all the Scots’ state titles and the words, “We’re Back.”
“It was a ‘just do it’ kind of thing,” Highland Park swimmer Ann-Claire Karalyos said. “And we just went after it.”
The Scots won with 269 points, 69 more than second-place Magnolia West.
Dominance was a theme for area schools. The Southlake Carroll boys and girls each won state 5A titles by at least 68 points.
The Carroll girls were led by Emily Zapinski, who finished second in the 500-yard freestyle; Lyndsie Gibson, who finished second in the 100 backstroke; and Grace Kazmierski, who finished second in diving and helped all three Carroll relay teams take first place.
For the Carroll boys, Ted Singley won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, John Remetta finished second in the 100 breaststroke and Jonathan Roberts was second in the 500 freestyle.
Highland Park had a swimmer in girls events, and the depth showed. Winning all three relays (getting contributions from Karalyos, Lauren Murski, Tanner Harris, Kate Boyer, Meredith Kelly and Annelyse Tullier) brought the Scots back to the familiarity of a state championship.
Southlake Carroll knows the feeling, too. For the boys, it was their second straight title, and they’d like to continue the tradition.
“It’s crazy in Texas, the level we compete at,” Singley said. “To win two state championships in a row, the bar is raised a little more.”
Home school to champion: Rockwall-Heath’s Claire Walters was new to the state championship atmosphere, to standing atop the champion’s podium and to even the school initials emblazoned on her suit.
Walters was home-schooled until this year. A junior, she wanted a taste of the classroom environment before college. And she wanted to swim for a high school team.
“You’re trying to get points for your team you’re trying to represent,” she said. “You want to make everyone else at school proud.”
Walters won the 4A 200 freestyle and finished second in the 100 butterfly.
Repeat champs: Richardson Pearce’s Adam Bull won the 4A 200 individual medley for the third consecutive year. Next year, at the University of Florida, he plans to focus on longer distance races. He showed he was ready, winning the 500 freestyle.
McKinney sophomore Sammie Hashbarger established a similar pattern of repeats. She won the 4A 100 freestyle as a freshman and won it again Saturday. She also finished third in the 50 freestyle.
Briefly: Prosper’s Destiny Nelson won the 4A 100 breaststroke in the closest race of the day. Less than one second separated her from the fifth-place swimmer. … Frisco’s Corey Nix set a 4A record in the 100 freestyle. … Lovejoy’s Emily Nightingale, who finished second in the 4A 500 freestyle last year, won the event Saturday.