16 members of the Bishop Lynch swim team competed this past Friday in the 2018 TAPPS State Championships in Mansfield.
Going into the meet, the Lady Friars were projected to finish seventh while the boys were projected to finish 14th.
The girls finished in a tight competition and ended up seventh with a total of 52 points. They were only five points away from sixth (Awty) and 16 points from fifth (Duchesne). The boys doubled their score projection, finishing 12th overall with 25.5 points. They were a mere 2.5 points from 11th (Dallas Parish), 5.5 points from 10th (Awty), and 8.5 points from ninth (Prestonwood Christian).
The Lady Friars were led by junior Ailish Tierney, who accounted for 20 of the team's points with her third-place finish in both the 100 freestyle (54.35) and 100 backstroke (1:01.27).
Sophomore Lindsay Hudspeth also had an outstanding meet, accounting for 18 of the team's points with her third-place finish in the 200 IM (2:17.06) and fifth place finish in the 100 backstroke (1:03.78).
Senior co-captain George Smith led the men's team, with eight of the team's points with his ninth-place finish in the 200 IM (2:14.77) and sixth-place finish in the 500 free (5:24.82).
Freshman Luke Weber moved up three spots and dropped anotherthree3 seconds in his 100 breaststroke, finishing 12th overall with a time of 1:10.00.
Junior Joe Weber jumped up seven spots accounted with his ninth-place finish in the 100 freestyle (53.37).
Freshman Zachary Ponewash dropped another 2.2 seconds in his 200 IM (2:24.47) to finish 15th overall.
The boys 200 free relay (Shaughnessey Smith, Luke Weber, Killian Baker, Joe Weber) moving up five spots and dropped four seconds to finish fifth with a 1:34.81. This was the first time that all four boys had splits under 24 seconds.