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SBS Swim Team Places at State Meet

SBS Swim Team Places at State Meet

The 2021 TAPPS State Division 2 Swim Meet was held Tuesday, February 9, at the Walker/Davis Natatorium in San Antonio. This has been a unique season for SBS swimmers. Due to various restrictions, the varsity swim team was only able to practice a total of six times during the past three months. The one and only meet that the swimmers attended was the TAPPS State Meet. Coach Mark Hahn says, “Even with the limited number of workouts and competitions, this was an exciting season. I am so proud of the 16 swimmers that competed at TAPPS.”

The 2021 TAPPS State Swim Meets were divided this year due to protocols for Covid with separate women’s and men’s meets. The women finished 6th out of 23 teams, and the men’s team finished 3rd out of 21 teams. The men’s team was awarded the TAPPS State 3rd place plaque, and each swimmer on the team received a bronze medal. 

The SBS swim team continued their tradition of excellence at this year's meet. The men’s team has finished in the top 4 the past 12 years in a row and top 3 in 11 of the past 12 years, including 3 state championships and 2 state runner-ups. The women's team has now placed in the top 6 in 9 of the last 12 years. 

This year’s seniors and team captains were Savannah Neal, Claire Tidmore, Jefferson Trammell and Spencer Locascio. Claire Tidmore shared about the swim meet experience, “The state swim meet is always one of my favorite traditions that really bonds the team together. I am extremely proud of how resilient and flexible the team was this year and cannot wait to see how the team does next year.” 

Jefferson Trammell explained the difficulty of competing with a shortened practice season. “With only six official swim practices, it was tough to get back into shape. However, the team did well in the state meet, and I set my new personal record for the 50 and 100 yard freestyle, which I was very excited about.” Savannah Neal agreed and said, “I am beyond proud of our team for persisting despite the limitations of the year. I'm going to miss all the younger swimmers, but I know they will carry on the strong spirit of the SBS swim team for years to come.”

Coach Hahn praised the team captains for their leadership, saying, "I am amazed how the four seniors on the varsity swim team stepped it up and kept the team motivated during this sometimes difficult and strange season. Each showed great motivation and awesome leadership during their senior year."