3/5/2019 –This year’s Bulldogs took a bite out of the record board with five new records, and they were just a blink away from making it six. The board, which is on the north wall of the Michael D. Holland Aquatic Center on campus, was updated this week to reflect records set over the 2018-19 championship season.
Starting the record breaking was sophomore Kailey Turner, who lowered the 100-yard fly mark at the District 21 Championship meet on Jan. 30 at the Tomball I.S.D. Aquatic Center. Turner’s mark of 57.87 lowered Dove Niccum’s 58.47 set at the UIL 5A Texas State Championships in 2017, when the Lady Bulldogs won the state title.
Turner is new to Magnolia this year, relocating from Huntsville last summer. During the championship season, she competed in the 100-yard butterfly and was a mainstay on all three relays, two of which (200-yard Medley and 200-yard Free) placed fourth at the state championships, while the other (400-yard Free) was eighth.
Three of the five records were set by boys, and all were at the Region 6 Championships on Feb. 2 at the Michael D. Holland Aquatic Center.
Sophomores Gustavo Ott and McKinley Mouton joined seniors Mason Machicek and Torsten Henze to chop nearly three seconds off the eleven-year-old, 200-yard medley relay record with a 1:39.08. Ott led off with backstroke, followed by Machicek’s breaststroke, Henze’s butterfly and Mouton’s freestyle. The foursome are District 21 Champions, region silver medalists, and placed fourteenth at state in the event.
Ott and Henze went on to set records in individual events.
Ott took exactly four seconds off the 500-yard free record with his 4:44.40 at the region meet, where he placed second. Ott went on to place seventh at state in the event. The old record of 4:48.40 was set by Forrest Lundy five years ago. Ott’s sophomore season was filled with strong results, which included earning District 21 Champion titles in the 200-yard I.M. and 500-yard free. At the region meet, Ott took silver in the 500-yard free and bronze in the 200-yard I.M.
Henze, who is graduating this year, ended his high school swim career with a record in the 100-yard butterfly. Henze took 1.15 seconds off another Forrest Lundy record. Henze lowered the record to 52.00 from 53.15. Season highlights for Henze included District 21 Champion in the 50-yard free and sliver medalist in the 100-yard butterfly at both the district and region meets.
The last record of the season came from junior Olivia Gonder, who lowered her own 100-yard breast record by 0.75 seconds to 1:05.01 at the state championships, where she earned a bronze medal. Gonder is the District 21 and Region 6 Champion in the 100-yard Breaststroke and 200-yard I.M. She also holds the school record in the 200-yard I.M. (set during the 2017-18 season), an event she placed fifth in at state.
OH, SO CLOSE…
Sophomore Noelle Marsh nearly made it six new records for the Bulldogs in the 2018-19 season, as her 23.68 in the 50-yard free at the Region 6 Championship came within 0.06 seconds of erasing Caitlin Clements’ 2015 mark of 23.63. Marsh has a few more seasons to take a run at the record. The future looks bright for her, considering she is coming back from an injury and had strong showings through the championship season, including bronze (50 free) and silver (100 free) medals at the region meet and a sixth (100 free) and eighth (50 free) at the highly-competitive state championships.