By Brandon C. Williams
FRIENDSWOOD’s swim team dominated in their season-opening meet last weekend as the men’s and women’s teams combined for 792.5 points in the event that also included Clear Brook, Clear Creek, Clear Lake, Clear Springs and Alvin.
The Friendswood men’s team captured first place with 432 points, placing ahead of Clear Lake (341 points) and Clear Creek (326 points). Thomas McHenry helped lead the way for the Mustangs, winning the men’s 50 freestyle while also being part of a team that included Josh Haffelder, Vinnie Gangitano and Max Hardt that won the men’s 100 freestyle relay. Hardt won first place in the men’s 50 breaststroke and men’s butterfly and was also part of the team of Nicholas Calapan, Haffelder and McHenry that finished second in the men’s 100 medley relay.
Hardt placed second in the men’s 50 breastroke, while Haffelder finished third in the men’s 50 breaststroke.
In the women’s field, Olivia Theall won each of her events, as the sophomore claimed top honors in the women’s 50 freestyle, the women’s 50 backstroke, the 100 freestyle, the 50 breaststroke and women’s 50 butterfly. Theall’s performance helped lead the Mustangs’ women to a third-place finish with 360.5 points.
The Friendswood 100 medley relay team of Theall, Mara White, Anna McHenry and Reagan Hopkins finished second, while the 100 freestyle relay team of Theall, White, McHenry and Michelle Danley also placed second. McHenry also placed third in the women’s 50 breaststroke.
The Mustangs girls took first and third place in the diving competition, with Lilly Ellis winning with a total of 163.90 points and Emily Pate finishing third with 156.40 points. In the men’s division, Gabriel Costa finished second with 180.90 points and Andrew McMichael placed third with 139 points.