Two-time State Champion
SBS swim sweeps state with senior Leighton Chapman bringing home two gold medals.
Winning big at the TAPPS Division II State Swim Championship, two-time state champion Leighton Chapman ‘23 secured gold medals in the men’s 200-free and the 500-free to become the 2023 TAPPS Division II State Champion in both events. Leighton was also recognized as the Regional Swimmer of the Meet and blew away the competition with the top times in his events.
Director of Athletics Mike Walker commented, “We are so proud of Leighton’s state championships as a senior. Year after year, he has proven to be one of the top swimmers in the state of Texas. Leighton is an incredibly hard worker and has committed himself to consistent improvement; his wins are no accident but the result of persistent dedication.”
Leighton was part of the SBS men’s teams that won second place in the 400-free relay and bronze overall at the state championship. “Our swimmers were competing against 15 other athletes from across the state, so to place high in multiple events is a huge deal,” said Coach Mark Hahn.
Leighton Chapman described his road to state: "From the time I qualified for state my sophomore year, I dreamed of winning it. I trained six days a week for six years, year-round, limiting vacations and time off. It finally paid off. Last year, I placed second in both of my events, so this year, winning first in those same events was a great way to finish my swimming career at SBS.”
He continued, "Coach Hahn showed me the Second Baptist School swim records last year as a goal to strive for. Last year, I set three school records, and this year I worked hard to set another three. The highlight of the year was swimming with my younger brother Ford ‘26 for the first and last time in the 400-freestyle relay, where we won district and two weeks later took silver at state."
Mike Walker concluded, "Coach Hahn has been leading SBS swim for nearly 20 years and has four team state championships. This season was especially successful for our men’s team, and we are proud of our experienced swimmers' leadership and the newcomers' progress. Thank you, SBS swim, for representing our school so well all season long."
TAPPS Division II Swim Championship
- Leighton Chapman '23 - 1st place (gold) - Men’s 200-free
- Leighton Chapman '23 - 1st place (gold) - Men’s 500-free
- Leighton Chapman '23 - Regional Swimmer of the Meet
- Men’s 400-free relay - 2nd place (silver)
- Relay members: Leighton Chapman '23, Sam Milinski '25, Jackson Tidmore '23, Ford Chapman '26
- Men’s team - 3rd place overall (bronze)
- Team members: Leighton Chapman '23, Sam Milinski ‘25, Jackson Tidmore '23, Ford Chapman '26, Hudson Songer '23, Aidan Burke '24