Saturday, the BHS swim team competed at the Cowtown Shootout. The meet is called a Shootout because there is a tournament-like competition throughout the day swimming the 50 free. Every competitor begins (and there were 136), but only the top 16 move on. After the top 16 swim for a second time, the top eight move on. This continues until the final two are left. We had three girls make it to the top 16: Kelly Center, Amelia Flug, and Aaliyah Young. We had one boy in the top 16 – James Miller. After the top 16 swam, Aaliyah and James qualified to move to the top 8. Aaliyah advanced to the top four, and the the final shootout, where she swam against a swimmer from Mansfield. She finished in second place out of 108 other girls. James finished in 7th place, beating out 135 other competitors.
While the 50 free was being spaced out, the other events comprised the Pentathlon – a 100 IM, then a 50 each of the breast stroke, back stroke, fly, and the original freestyle. Six of our 8 girls competed in all five events and finished in the following places: Amelia Flug – 8th; Aaliyah Young – 11th; Tiffany Graham – 19th; Abigail Brown – 32nd; Vegas Jankowski – 40th; and Abby Gillis – 58th.
The boys finished the Pentathlon as follows: James Miller – 10th; Payton Brown – 14th; Colton Page – 36th; Isa Galoob – 37th; and Nathan Melia – 41st.
The team as a whole finished in third place, outscoring 13 other teams, including the one across town. Aaliyah Young set a new school record in the 50 free with her time of 25.82. All in all, it was a pretty great day at the pool. Next stop is District. Wish them all well.