Girls Swim Team Wins State Title


Photo by Alex Kiszkiel

Kami Boutotte, Author

Wrapping up their season, the girls swim team won the state title at the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center Sat., Feb. 16th.

“Everyone deserved it,” senior Kaitlynn Sims said. “We worked really hard for it and really wanted it.”

Over 30 different teams from across Texas competed at the meet, and Montgomery outscored them all. The Lady Bears finished with a score of 186, while Magnolia scored 159, Friendswood scored 150 and Austin Johnson scored 149.

“After the last event, we all walked off the bulkhead and started bawling,” freshman Kaitlyn Weightman said. “We were all hugging each other and jumping around.”

Many of the girls won first place in relay events. Seniors Valerie Brilanti, Kelli Curington, Sims and junior JoJo Daspit took the gold for the Girls 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:47.39. Then, Curington, Sims, Daspit and Weightman won first in the Girls 400 Freestyle Relay with a time of 3:29:57. Curington, Weightman, junior Haley Nelson and sophomore Kendall Wilson also placed 7th in the Girls 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:40:01.

“The relays were probably the best part of all,” Sims said. “Winning the relays was definitely better than winning individually.”

Not only did the girls win relays together, but they also won individual events. Sims broke the state record for the Girls 500 Freestyle, with her time of  4:39:73. The second place time was 18 seconds slower. Daspit won the Girls 100 Freestyle with a time of 50.41.

“We’ve grown closer since freshman year, and I think that contributed to our success at state, with us all supporting each other and cheering for each other,” Sims said. “I think that really helped us.”

Even though they did not win first prize, several girls did place near the top of their divisions. Sims took the silver in the Girls 200 Freestyle with 1:47.10, and Weightman placed 13th with 1:55.32. Daspit placed 4th in the Girls 50 Freestyle in 23.61. Junior Morgan Whitaker placed 16th in the Girls 100 Butterfly.

“They’re amazing, and I’ve never had a group like this,” coach Dale Villemez said. “They’re like extra daughters to me, so it’s just really gratifying to watch them come out here and perform like I knew they could do.”