Vista Ridge senior overcomes illness to qualify for consolation final

Ethan Gogulski will compete in the 100-yard backstroke consolation final on Saturday afternoon


Vista Ridge senior Ethan Gogulski was up against a lot more than 23 other swimmers at the Swimming & Diving State Meet prelims on Friday night. 

The Texas A&M-bound swimmer was still recovering from the flu. but still managed to qualify for the consolation finals in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing in 10th place with a time of 51.01. He missed the finals in the 200-yard freestyle after a 22nd place finish. 

"I’m not feeling too great, but I’m just trying to stay positive,” Gogulski said. “There can be a lot of competition here, so it can be really intimidating so I just try to stay in my own lane. 

Sickness has apparently made its way around the pool. One of the swimmers Gogulski was set to go up against had to withdraw because of illness. 

Before the start of last year after Vista Ridge head coach Caitlyn Goodfellow had taken over the reigns, Gogulski came to her and asked if he could join the team a bit later than some of the other swimmers. 

She took one look at him in the pool and added him to the roster. 

“He went all out this year,” Goodfellow said. “It’s hard when you go in with high expectations and something like the flu hits you. He’s getting closer. I’m all right with what he did. As long as he tries his best that’s all that matters. 

Gogulski holds a host of school records including the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke and was part of the 400-yard freestyle relay that broke the school record earlier this season. 

He said it’s been awhile since he’s finished the 100-yard backstroke in under 50 seconds, but that’s a goal for the consolation final. 

“I probably just want to get close tony best run,” he said. “(The Vista Ridge team) was always a fun group of people to be with and it gives you something to do and it’s always a good time.”