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Fort Bend area swimmers among top seeds for state

Houston Chronicle logo Houston Chronicle 2/13/2021 By Jack Marrion, Staff writer

Fort Bend ISD and Lamar Consolidated ISD could have several appearances on the medal stand at the UIL state swimming and diving championships, if regional performances are any indication.

Clements, Dulles and George Ranch will be represented in Class 6A competition. The 6A girls state meet is scheduled for Feb. 19, while the boys will compete Feb. 26. All events are at the Bill Walker Pool and Josh Davis Natatorium in San Antonio.

Clements freshman Kayla Fu could be in for a memorable state debut, one meet after winning two Region V-6A championships. Her regional time of 50.44 seconds in the 100-yard freestyle was the second fastest in the state, while her 23.29 in the 50 free ranked third.

The Clements boys send all three relays to state, including their regional-champion 200-yard medley relay (1:33.29). The Rangers also earned state call-ups in the 200 (1:23.88) and 400 (3:04.57) freestyle relays. Their 400 time was the third fastest in the state. Clements advanced all three relays last year, with both freestyle relays reaching the ‘A’ final.

Alex Fu won the 100-yard butterfly (48.96) and 100-yard breaststroke (56.36). He returns to state after a 13th-place finish in the butterfly last year but projects to finish higher in his new state event, ranking second in the breaststroke.

Teammate Anthony Liu earned a state call-up in the butterfly (49.75), in which he placed ninth last year.

Dulles senior and University of Pittsburgh signee Beaux Hoffman makes her fourth state trip in the butterfly after a state call-up time of 55.74. Hoffman was fifth in the state last year with a 54.99, placing seventh as a sophomore and 10th as a freshman.

George Ranch sends both its 200 free relays to state, the girls with their regional-championship time of 1:36.39 and the boys their call-up time of 1:26.31.

The Longhorns added three athletes competing at state for the first time individually, including backstroke regional champion Reese Voelkel, who swam a 49.94. Ashlyn Hembree earned a call-up in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.00) and University of Houston signee Keely Rollinson made state in the butterfly (55.47).

LCISD projects to have another strong showing, particularly in freestyle events, in Class 5A, with the girls scheduled to compete Feb. 20 and the boys Feb. 27.

Fulshear and Terry boast three of the top sprinters, with Briana Roberson, Jake Litchfield and Dereck Montgomery all clocking regional times ranking third in the state or better.

Roberson, who signed with the University of Georgia, is the No. 2 seed in the 200 free (1:51.61) and No. 3 in the 100 free (51.16), wining the regional title in both. The Chargers senior was the state silver medalist in both as a junior, placing fourth in the 200 as a sophomore.

The Fulshear girls should score well at state, with teammate Kailey Kennedy taking a regional-championship time of 23.99 in the 50 free to San Antonio and both freestyle relays returning. The Chargers made the ‘B’ final in both last year but are the top seed in the 200 (1:37.96) and No. 2 in the 400 (3:36.13) after regional victories.

Litchfield, committed to Texas Christian University, is the No. 2 seed in the 50 free (20.80) and No. 3 in the 100 free (45.59) after winning both at the regional meet. The Chargers senior reached the top final in both last year, earning a silver medal in the 50. Fulshear returns its 200 free relay to state as well, earning a call-up with a 1:29.52.

Montgomery, a senior at Terry, earned state call-ups in the 50 (20.84) and 100 (46.50), already improving on his state times from last year. He reached the ‘A’ final in the 50 as a junior.

Foster senior Mitchell Imrie returns to state in the breaststroke (56.59) and butterfly (50.64), winning the regional title and ranking No. 2 in the state in the breaststroke. It marks his fourth appearance in that event, highlighted by a fifth-place time of 57.70 as a junior, a meet that included an 11th-place finish in the butterfly.

Teammate Angelo Zaina was called up to state in the butterfly (51.53) and backstroke (52.02), making the ‘B’ final in both last year. The Falcons also send their medley relay (1:36.11) and 200 free relay (1:29.13), both of which reached the ‘A’ final last year. Their medley won regional gold and is ranked No. 3 entering the state meet.

Foster sophomore Lola Trujillo returns to state in the 50 free after her 24.22 earned a call-up. She was also the regional champion in the butterfly (56.94). The Falcons added call-ups in the medley (1:51.78) and 200 free (1:42.07) relays after placing ninth and fourth at state last year.

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