HC Swim Brings Home Gold in 2023 SPC Championship

Eight swimmers and one diver represented HCHS this weekend in at the SPC State Championships in Lewisville, Texas. The HCHS girls placed 3rd, and the HCHS boys placed 6th in the 3A state-wide competition.
First-year diver and freshman Rex Wiseman earned 1st place in the SPC 3A State Diving Championship with a score of 265.45 – a personal best and season-best score. Rex is an avid trampolinist. With a lot of hard work, practice, perseverance, and skill, Rex translated his skills into competitive diving. Rex scored 9 team points.

The Mustang swim team was led by finalists Senior Matthew Thibault. Junior Kendall Wallace and Freshman Clark McCormick:

Senior Matthew Thibault placed 2nd in State in the 50 freestyle with a time of 23.57. In the 100-yard freestyle, Matthew placed 8th place, dropping nearly a second, with a personal best and seasonal-best time of 56.28.  

Junior Kendall Wallace placed 1st in State in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.73, and Kendall placed
2nd in State in the 100 Breaststroke with a 1:07.51. Kendall was a high point scorer for the girls swimming with 16 points.

Freshman Clark McCormick placed 2nd in State in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:.33.71 and placed 5th in the 100-yard free with a 1:01.42.  

Freshman Bekah Gerard placed 4th in State in the 100 Breaststroke with a 1:19.61 and placed 7th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 29.86.   

Nate Sun placed fourth in the 100 Fly with a 57.40 (56.93 Personal Best and Season Best). In the 100 Breaststroke, Nate also placed 4th with a season-best time of 1:10.12. Nate was a high point scorer for boys swimming with 10 points.

Micah Gordon had a season-best performance and personal-best time 1:14.91 in the 100 Breaststroke and also had a season and personal-best time in the 50 freestyle at a time of 27.31.

Jordan Bany’s butterfly leg of the 2OO Medley Relay proved invaluable as a member; they placed 3rd in State.

In addition, Jordan placed 11 in the 100 backstroke and 15 in the 50 Free.

Victoria Lunam consistently dropped time all season. As a member of the 200 Free Relay Victory, she got a season-best and personal best time in her leg of the relay with a 30.38. Victoria also improved her time in the individual event too. During the meet, she got a season-best and personal best time, dropping more than a half second in the 50 freestyle (later beating her time again in the relay) and the 100-yard free, dropping more than 3 seconds to a 1:10.71.   

As mentioned, the Lady Mustangs were dominant in the relays. For the first time all season, the fastest lady Mustangs combined their talents in the 2OO Medley Relay. Each lady shone in their specialty stroke.   Clark McCormick (Backstroke 33.21), Bekah Gerard (Breaststroke 35.84), Jordan Bany (Butterfly 36.16) Kendall Wallace (Freestyle 25.39) combined for a time of 2:10.60 and placed 3rd.

In the 200 Freestyle Relay, the lady Mustangs secured the fastest time of the season, dropping close to three seconds and placing 2nd.  Junior Kendall Wallace (25.38), Freshman Victoria Lunam(30.38),  Freshman Bekah Gerard(28.04),  and Freshman Clark McCormick (25.25), combined for a time of 1:49.05. The time was only 1.47 seconds off the school record. 

A special thanks to Matthew Thibault, Nate Sun, Micah Gordon, Rex Wiseman, Kendall Wallace, Jordan Bany, Clark McCormick, Bekah Gerard, and Victoria Lunam for all your hard work and dedication this season. Sorely missing from this year’s competition were teammates Sophomore Lucca Incerpi and Sophomore Ali Bruckner, who also had so amazing drops in times in their events this year but were unable to make this year’s competition. We hope they’ll be able to join us next year, and thank you for your hard work and dedication this season too.