The Dallas Morning News
■ The Southlake Carroll and Highland Park boys won state swimming titles.
Senior LeVant breaks two former Dragons’ state records in process
AUSTIN — Southlake Carroll won its eighth consecutive Class 6A swimming championship Saturday afternoon at the Jamail Texas Swim Center, but it also gained something else.
Jack LeVant, who grew up idolizing the lengthy list of state champions and record holders that came before him, raised the bar even higher for a new generation.
The Stanford-bound senior set state records in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle, and on both occasions he surpassed a fellow Dragon.
“It’s kind of crazy to think that I might leave an impact for the future generations of Dragons, and hopefully if I do, it’s something that will motivate them, and maybe one day I’ll have another Dragon break my records,” said LeVant, who swam the 200 in 1:33.57 and the 500 in 4:16.78. “That would be something I’d love to see.”
He beat the time set last year by Alex Zettle in the 200, and the 500 was extra sweet. Jonathan Roberts, a senior swimming for UT, was on hand to see his record go down.
“I’ve been looking at that record on the board for four years,” LeVant said.
LeVant also swam on two gold medal-winning relay teams in the 200 free and 400 free. Freshman Jackson Miller won the diving competition, helping boost the Dragons’ point total to 247 — well ahead of secondplace The Woodlands (196).
The Carroll girls finished runner-up to The Woodlands, 253 points to 215. The future looks bright for the Dragons, especially in diving. Freshman Hailey Hernandez won gold and sophomore Bridget O’Neil claimed silver.
New streak: For the second year in a row, Highland Park made it an area sweep of the boys championships. The Scots scored 189 points to edge second-place Georgetown (175) in Class 5A.
They set the tone early with a class record-setting performance in the day’s first event, the 200 medley relay. The team of Felix Van Cauwelaert, Henry Wang, Peter Paulus and Omar Hmimy finished in 1:33.51.
Ethan Nguyen replaced Wang on the 200 free relay squad that won silver.
Van Cauwelaert also took second in the 200 free (1:39.72) and fifth in the 500 free (4:35.86), while Wang (56.94) and Nguyen (57.98) grabbed silver and bronze in the 100 breast.
Seeing clearly: Lovejoy senior Raime Jones needed to clear her mind before the 5A 500 free final. She also had to hope that her goggles stayed clear.
Earlier in the morning, she lost her goggles and finished eighth in the 200 free. She had no problems dominating the 500. Jones’ time of 4:52.88 was nearly 7 seconds faster than her closest competitor.
“I had the idea that I should just go for it,” said the Minnesota transplant who’s signed with Yale. “Even if I was gonna get really tired at the end, I was like ‘Might
as well put what I have into it.’”
Back on top: Mansfield Lake Ridge senior Hunter Jaynes reclaimed his spot atop the medal stand.
The diver who is headed to Alabama blew away the Class 5A competition with 506.5 points to reclaim the title he won as a sophomore. He said the pressure got to him in 2017 when he took second.
Briefly: McKinney Boyd senior Vanessa Pearl broke the 6A record in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.12) and took home another gold medal in the 200 IM (1:57.20). ... Allen senior Jason Park set a 6A mark in the 100 back (47.09) to go with a silver medal in the 100 butterfly (47.50). ...
The Colony senior Emily Garfield held off Lakeside Aquatic Club teammate and Frisco sophomore Jadyn Jannasch for 100 breaststroke gold, setting a 5A record in the process. Garfield finished in 1:01.74, with Jannasch claiming silver (1:02.71). “[The record] was on my mind before I swam, and it’s really fun to get that,” said Garfield, who won silver in the 200 IM (2:02.95). ...
Frisco Liberty senior Jiwoo Oh overcame a slow start in the 100 breaststroke and held off a trio of Highland Park swimmers for gold. He swam 56.92, out-touching Wang by one-hundredth of a second. Oh missed the 2017 state meet with a stomach virus. ... Grapevine senior David Hallaron won gold in the 200 IM (1:49.54) before claiming second in the 100 back (49.92).