The state swim meet proved to be very productive for the Mansfield ISD this past weekend, with two gold medalists and countless other placings.
In the 5A competition, Lake Ridge’s Hunter Jaynes won a state championship in the 1-meter dive event with a point total of 473.50.
“I feel as if the hard work and effort I put into doing what I love every day has paid off and that I know that being a state champion is the beginning of something special that’s coming from the city of Mansfield,” Jaynes said. “I’m so proud to represent my coaches and my city at such a high standard on such a big stage.”
Jaynes is the first ever diving state champion from the Mansfield school district, and Lake Ridge diving coach Jerry Smith, who was also selected as the male dive coach of the year at the state meet, said his diver’s performance at state was superb.
“Being a sophomore and keeping his head in the meet against divers that finished higher than him last year is a great accomplishment,” Smith said.
Legacy’s Haley Yelle brought home a pair of silver medals, finishing second in the 200 freestyle event with a time of 1:47.69 and second in the 500 free with a time of 4:47.86.
“Haley is a great kid, a hard worker and a competitor,” Legacy coach Nick Johnson said. “It was an exciting race, and you always want to win, but sometimes you come up short. I am proud of her. She swam well.”
Legacy teammates Jeff Jameson finished second in the boys 500 free with a time of 4:37.79 and Sam Sok was fifth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.73.
The Legacy boys 400 freestyle relay of Caden Williams, Jameson, Sok and Nicholas Tullbane finished fourth with a time of 3:15.58.
Timberview’s Matt Garza was fifth in the 100 butterfly event with a time of 51.44.
In the 6A division, Mansfield’s Mike Thibert won a state championship in the boys 100 free with a time of 44.49 and finished sixth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:39.46..
“He had a very good swim in the 100 free,” Mansfield coach Matt Bold said. “I think he wanted to redeem himself after finishing sixth in the 200. He came back and raced with a mission.”
Nate Miller finished fourth in diving for Mansfield.
The boys finished seventh overall at the competition, which is the highest finish in school history for Mansfield.