GHS swim wins region meet
The Granbury Lady Pirates won their first ever regional title as part of a successful Region 2-5A meet for GHS swimming at Mansfield High School on Saturday.
The Lady Pirates combined for 293 points, over 100 more than second-place Den-ton Braswell (179). The Pirate boys came in second as a team with 338 points, meaning that GHS won the unofficial combined regional team title. No GHS team – boys, girls, or combined – had ever finished better than third at a regional meet.
All six Granbury relay teams qualified for the state meet for the first time in school history. The Pirate boys also sent two swimmers to state in individual events.
State-qualifying relays for Granbury were:
Girls 200 Medley Relay: Kinsey Brawner, Caroline Rezsofi, Mary Power and Raegan Brown
Boys 200 Medley Relay: Brock Holmgreen, Daniel D’Souza, Sean Atchue and Jaxon Castillo
Girls 200 Freestyle Relay: Trinity Belott, Raegan Brown, Mary Power and Kinsey Brawner
Boys 200 Freestyle Relay: Sean Atchue, Daniel D’Souza, Brock Holmgreen and Jaxon Castillo
Girls 400 Freestyle Relay: Trinity Belott, Raegan Brown, Ashley Loveless and Kinsey Brawner
Boys 400 Freestyle Relay: Cutter Willmeth, Brady Willmeth, Jonah Delaney, Nicolas Rodriguez-Prelipcean and Sean Atchue
Brock Holmgreen qualified individually in the 200 individual medley and the 100 backstroke, while Sean Atchue qualified in the 50 freestyle.
GHS head coach Jason Pullano was named the girls coach of the meet. On Twitter, Pullano said he was proud of the journey GHS swim has taken.
“When I arrived in Gran-bury in 2014, the Lady Pirates had just finished fifth in the region while the Pirates had finished 10th,” he said. “Fast forward five years, and we’ve finally accomplished the goal that we set out to achieve all those years ago.
“A great debt is owed to the GISD and GHS administration that have supported our kids, to the Hood County YMCA and its staff for homing us and rarely (if ever) saying no to my absurd requests, to the first group of swimmers in 2014-15 that bought into this idea (and the teams that followed their lead), to the assistant coaches and team coaches that have lifted our swimmers along the way (Cindy Newman, Jennifer Pullano, Ashley Carney, Deneen Carter and Janet Steenberge), and finally to the incredibly hard working group of swimmers and parents that have shown their capacity to perform is directly proportionally to their capacity to prepare.”
The Pirates and Lady Pirates will compete at the UIL Class 5A state meet at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin from Feb. 15-16.