Dominic Toledo Sanchez was a busy man on Friday afternoon and his schedule won’t get any lighter on Saturday.
The Cedar Park sophomore qualified for the state final in all four events he competed in Friday afternoon at the Swimming & Diving State Meet. His Saturday schedule consists of races in the 100-yard backstroke and freestyle and the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays.
“It’s exhausting,” Toledo Sanchez said. “I just kind of keep going and going and going. It’s tiring. I train every day, twice a day for two hours each practice. That helps a lot. But I just tell myself ‘just a little bit more’ and that helps too.”
The junior finished second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 45.70, came in at 51.05 in the 100-yard backstroke, good for sixth place.
In the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard freestyle relays, he swam the anchor lap with Jay Lenner, Braden Sullivan and Vladimir Ivanov. In both events, his anchor leg was the fastest individual leg of anybody in the competition.
“Last year, I was in the finals just like this year, but I got sick,” Toledo Sanchez said. “What would make me happy the year is actually doing well and hopefully placing in all of them.”
Nine other Timberwolves qualified fort he state final in both the relays and individual events.
The girls’ 200-yard medley relay, featuring Addison Leavitt, Lauren Partridge, Kelly Digby and Sophia Roach finished second. and the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay of Roach, Riley Barlage, Bella Gamez and Bella Zapata came in fourth place to qualify for the finals.
Individually, Partridge came in sixth with a time of 1:06.26 in the girls’ 100-yard breaststroke and will compete for a state title on Saturday.
Lenner placed fifth in the boys’ 50-yard freestyle to qualify for the state final. He will also swim in the consolation final of the boys’ 100-yard freestyle, finishing in 15th with a time of 48.54 in prelims.
Digby will be swimming as an individual on Saturday too, placing 14th in the girls’ 100-yard butterfly and earning a spot in the consolation final.
“I'm really excited since it’s my first time at state,” Digby said. “My big goal was just to make it to state and I really didn’t expect to make finals, so that was just kind of icing on the cake. We did really well as a team and we had a good time.”
The girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay team of Stella Shipps, Barlage, Gamez and Zapata will race in the consolation final of the girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay. They missed the top eight by less than a second.
Individually, Zapata swam the girls’ 200-yard IM in 2:14.76, good for 16th place and a spot in the consolation final, while Partridge missed out by finishing one spot back of her teammate in 17th. Zapata will also swim in the consolation final of the 100-yard backstroke after a 15th place (1:00.94) finish.
Braden Sullivan finished in 19th in the boys’ 100-yard IM, missing the consolation final by less than a second.
Senior diver Nicole Massaro finished in 19th place in the girls’ one-meter diving competition with a score of 163.55.
Alyse Dysart placed 18th with a time of 5:24.41 and missed out on the consolation final in the longest race of the meet, the girls’ 500-yard freestyle.
“I’m just kind of expecting everybody to have fun and cheer each other on,” Digby said. “I think all of our relays can do really well. It’s a big deal. We’re a good team collectively. It means a lot and I enjoy it. I’m just excited and I think we all are.”