Dominic Toledo Sanchez decided to change things up a little bit for his senior year.
The Cedar Park senior chose to focus on the 50-yard freestyle instead of the 100-yard race as he has in past years. He capped off the high school season at the UIL State Swimming & Diving Meet on Saturday, finishing 5th in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.
“My training style has changed,” Toledo Sanchez said. “We got some amount of rest for the meet. I thought it was really helpful. My coach worked on my starts with me and tried to help out with my speed work.”
Other Leander ISD results included Rouse sophomore Zachary Bann, who came in 15th place in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:58.78 while teammate Joe Hunninghake finished 23rd in both the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.
Raiders’ freshman Sophia Rivas qualified for both freestyle sprints, taking 11th in the 100-yard freestyle and 15th in the 50-yard freestyle.
Glenn sophomore Charlotte Langdon became the first-ever Grizzly swimmer to compete at the state meet, where she finished 18th in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 59.49.
For the Timberwolves, the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay team came in 5th place with a time of 3:12.13. Individually, freshman Tomas Wu took home 15th in the 100-yard breaststroke, sophomore Kasey Copley finished 22nd in the 100-yard breaststroke and 17th in the 500yard freestyle.
Bella Zapata led the Cedar Park girls individually with a 13th place finish in the 200-yard individual medley. Senior Addison Leavitt finished 18th in the 100-yard backstroke and sophomore Stella Shipps came in 20th in the 10-yard butterfly.
The Timberwolves’ girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay finished 10th in the state while the 200-yard medley relay was 17th.
“We try and build that team feeling ever since you’re a freshman in the high school,” Toledo Sanchez said. “We brought one freshman and he got to experience this for the first time. I feel like having us to show them how things are done the Cedar Park way is the main factor.”
This was the first season for head coach Josh Geisinger at Cedar Park. He attended Texas and worked for the swimming team, where he was part of the 2010 team that won the National Championship.
In addition to coaching at Lost Creek Aquatics in Cedar Park, Geisinger saw his teams win one state title and finish as runners up four times in his five years as head coach at head coach at Regent’s High School.
“We started out with a new coach and we didn’t know what it was going to be like,” Zapata said. “We started bonding more this year and getting faster. It’s been super fun and I’m super blessed to be here. It ended on a good note.”
Zapata said the crop of freshmen really pushed everybody to get faster this season, as well as Geisinger doing a little recruiting at school to get more people to come out for the team.
“At Cedar Park, we always strive for the best, and even if we don’t achieve it, we're going to keep working hard to get there,” Zapata said. “We just try to set that kind of tone in all aspects.”