Kingwood Park Swimming Off To Strong Start



Image 1 of 1 Kingwood Park junior Abby Bennett won the 100-yard breaststroke race at the meet against North Shore. The girls' team won the meet 112-43; The boys' team won the meet 133-37. Kingwood Park junior Abby Bennett won the 100-yard breaststroke race at the meet against North Shore. The girls' team won the meet 112-43; The boys' team won the meet 133-37. Photo: Adrianna Maxwell Kingwood Park swimming off to strong start 1 / 1 Back to Gallery

Coming off a year in which both the Kingwood Park boys' and girls' swim teams made it to the state meet, Kingwood Park is picking up where it left off.

Both the Panthers and the Lady Panthers won their first two meets of the season, a head-to-head meet against North Shore, which the boys won 133-37 and the girls won 112-43, and the Tomball Invitational, which the boys won by 111 points and the girls won by 314.5 points, giving Kingwood Park a 425.5 point victory over second place Fort Bend Dulles.

"It's good to see those results," said senior Alexis Baker. "It's letting us know we're on the right track."

At the North Shore meet, a Kingwood Park swimmer finished first in 20 of the 22 events, first and second in 14 of the events, and first, second, and third (or more) in 11 of the events.

There were 13 schools at the Tomball Invitational. A Kingwood Park swimmer won 11 of the 22 events and finished first and second in five of the events. Kingwood Park took first, second, and third place in the boys 100-yard freestyle race.

"Those first two meets showed us that we're coming back as strong as we ever were," said junior Emma Frey.

The North Shore meet and the Tomball Invitational took place Sept. 29 and Sept. 30.

Girls' coach John Dissinger admitted swimming in meets on consecutive days can be physically challenging, but he liked that the team got to compete in those two meets because it simulates the regional and state meet, which takes place over two consecutive days.

"It really builds confidence for those big championship meets, which are back-to-back," said junior David Clark. "If you do it early in the season, you're ready for it at the end of the season."

The boys' team graduated several seniors and has several freshmen on the team. Boys' coach Greg McLain was looking to find out who this year's team is and what their strengths and weaknesses are during those first meets.

"We have a lot of work to do, but they're a talented young group," was his assessment. He said that nobody in the program was satisfied with their 11th place finish at the state meet last year

The girls team did not graduate any seniors from last year's state team, which finished fourth at the state meet.

"Finishing so close to the top, we definitely have more drive this year, more motivation," Baker said. "It's helping push us."

Frey wakes up at 5 in the morning to be at practice, which starts at 5:45. She said getting up that early is tough, but she is excited for the season and ready to work hard.

"The system's in place," Dissinger said. "It's a hard system, but if they follow it, they'll be successful."

Kingwood Park's next meet is the Magnolia Sprint Invitational on Oct. 21. McLain said that meet will be a great opportunity to swim short events against teams they expect to see at the regional meet, which takes place Feb. 2 and 3.

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Kingwood Park swimming off to strong start
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