More Victoria swimmers qualify for state at regionals
Victoria hosted the final day of the TAAF Region 16 swim championships on Sunday at the VISD Aquatics Center. Swimmers that are 11 years old and older went up against the best in the South Texas region today, with more than 200 swimmers competing.
For Victoria, 12 relay teams qualified for state by placing in the top three of their event. Four of those groups took first place, including the Girls 11-12 200-meter freestyle relay, Girls 13-14 200-meter freestyle relay, the Women 18 & Over 200-meter freestyle relay, and the Women 18 & Over 200-meter medley relay.
In the individual events, 18 Victoria swimmers are headed to state, with many qualifying in multiple events. Also, 18 gold medals were won by Victoria swimmers on the second day of the meet. For the girls, Kate Lynn Pratka, Cristina Cervantes, Callie Edmonds and Jessie Schumacher all earned three gold medals each. For the boys and men, Townes Van Gundy, Ean Palmquist and Brandon Palmer ended the day with first-place finishes.
The state meet will be July 29-30 in Edinburg, Texas.
Victoria TAAF State Qualifiers (11 & Over):
Girls 11-12: Katelynn Cuellar, 11 1st in 50-yard backstroke Kate Lynn Pratka, 12 1st in 50-yard butterfly 1st in 50-yard freestyle 1st in 100-yard IM Sophia Hinojosa, 11 3rd in 50-yard backstroke 3rd in 50-yard breaststroke Hannah Immenhauser, 12 2nd in 50-yard breaststroke Girls 13-14: Cristina Cervantes, 14 1st in 100-yard freestyle 1st in 50-yard butterfly 1st in 100-yard IM Emma Pratka, 14 2nd in 100-yard freestyle 2nd in 50-yard backstroke Callie Edmonds, 13 1st in 50-yard backstroke 1st in 50-yard breaststroke 1st in 50-yard freestyle Women 15-17: Kyleigh Nethery, 15 3rd in 100-yard freestyle 3rd in 50-yard freestyle Jessie Schumacher, 16 1st in 50-yard backstroke 1st in 50-yard breaststroke 1st in 100-yard IM Women 18-24: Kara Pohl, 19 2nd in 50-yard backstroke Kelcey Cooper, 18 2nd in 50-yard butterfly 2nd in 50-yard freestyle Christine Brown, 23 3rd in 50-yard butterfly Women 35-39: Christie Mayer, 38 2nd in 50-yard backstroke 2nd in 50-yard breaststroke 3rd in 50-yard freestyle Boys 11-12: Townes VanGundy, 11 1st in 50-yard backstroke 3rd in 100-yard IM Boys 13-14: Ean Palmquist, 14 2nd in 100-yard freestyle 2nd in 50-yard backstroke 1st in 50-yard freestyle Men 15-17: Eric Flores, 16 3rd in 100-yard freestyle 3rd in 200-yard freestyle Willie Immenhauser, 17 3rd in 50-yard breaststroke 3rd in 50-yard freestyle Men 35-39: Brandon Palmer, 39 1st in 50-yard butterfly 1st in 50-yard freestyle 1st in 100-yard IM