Rouse made a big jump at the district swimming meet last week. After qualifying two individuals for the regional meet last year, the Raiders will have 17 swimmers at the regional meet this season.
Cedar Park finished atop the standings in both the boys and girls team competitions, while Rouse finished second overall. Glenn, meanwhile, came in third place in the boys’ competition and fifth in the girls’ standings.
“It was a big improvement,” Rouse head coach Chris Eikenberry said. “The biggest reason was going from 6A to 5A, which can change up competition level. We didn’t swim against slower teams, we just swam against teams with fewer numbers.”
Eikenberry, who is in his first year as head coach of the Raiders, said the team benefitted from a more focused training regiment and the quality of the workout has taken a step in the right direction compared to last season.
Rouse senior Natalie Saul won the girls’ individual competition with 221 points after winning the 200-yard medley relay, the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle and a second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Cedar Park sophomore Dominic Toledo Sanchez took home the boys’ title after winning the 100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard freestyle relay, the 100-yard backstroke and the 400-yard
Eikenberry said Saul and fellow Rouse captain Dillon Ingram were influential in helping the team stay together last year. And now, this season, the duo has conned that trend and created another unified team.
The regional swim meet for Cedar Park, Rouse and Glenn is on Feb. 3 and 4 at Texas A&M and the state meet on Feb. 17 and 18 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center at the University of Texas.
“How well we performed at the district meet can be an indication of what the regional meet can look like,” Eikenberry said. “For a few individuals, the state meet isn’t out of their grasp. That would be phenomenal for all of our swimmers.”