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Week of November 6
Approximately 250 swimmers representing 23 schools from all over Texas came together on Saturday November 3rd to compete in the Colleyville Christian Fall Invitational Swim Meet held in Grapevine, TX. There were some really close races and lots of personal best times were achieved.
The Grace Junior High Boys Team were able to capture 1st place in the Junior High Division and our Grace Junior High Girls team won 2nd place in their division.
Both the girls and boys teams were able to bring home the gold with their relay events.
The Girls 200 Medley Relay: Won by .2 of a second over Middle Schools of Grandbury. The team was composed of Isabella Hayes, Ashley Taylor, Blakely Roseberry and Jennifer Montier.
Girls 200 Freestyle Relay: Again a very close race winning by a mere .06 of a second. Making up the free relay were: Ashley Taylor, Jennifer Montier, Isabella Hayes and Blakely Roseberry.
Boys 200 Medley Relay: 1st by over 9 seconds. Members of the relay were: Jackson Turner, Michael Green, Seth Wilson, Caden White.
Boys 200 Freestyle Relay: 1st by over 10 seconds. Members of the free relay were: Caden White, Noah Loyd, Seth Wilson, and Michael Green.
Blakely Roseberry (8)-1st 50 backstroke, 1st 50 butterfly
Ashley Taylor (8)-2nd 50 Freestyle, 2nd 50 breaststroke
Jennifer Montier (6)-2nd 50 Backstroke, 2nd 50 butterfly
Michael Green (8)-1st 50 backstroke, 1st 50 Breaststroke
Caden White (7)-2nd 100 Freestyle, 2nd 50 Freestyle
Seth Wilson (7)-1st 50 Butterfly, 6th 100 IM
Lilligrace Bazzell (9): 3rd 200 Individual Medley, 4th 100 Backstroke
Bailey Nickels (11): 18th 50 Freestyle , 21st 100 Freestyle
Elijah Braun (10):4th 100 Butterfly, 7th 100 Backstroke
Joshua Barry (9): 3rd 100 Backstroke, 6th 100 Freestyle
Kaden Kozsuch (9): 1st 100 Breaststroke, 8th 200 Freestyle
The next meet for the High School swimmers will be a preliminary/ final meet in Texarkana TX on November 16-17. The next meet for the Junior High Swimmers will be Saturday December 1st at The Colony.
Week of November 19
Bailey Nickels and Liligrace Bazzell competed in the girls division. Bailey (11th), had a personal best time in the 100 free and Liligrace (9th) was able to place in the top 25 in her two events.
Kozsuch (9), were able to better their 200 Medley Relay time by 6 seconds and their 200 Free
Relay by 4 seconds. Both relays placed in the top 20. All the boys had personal best times in
their individual events and raced exceptionally well.
being a great experience for them. It was wonderful to see some fast racing and set our goals
for the Regional and State Meets coming the end of January and beginning of February.
GLORY TO THE LORD!!!
Grace High School Swimmers ended their Christmas break with an invitational meet hosted by Hudson High School at the Lufkin Swim Center. Fifteen teams from East Texas and Houston areas of the state attended the meet. Grace Community swimmers performed pretty well with some having their best times for the season.
Scoring for the team included:
Bailey Nickels-8th 50 Freestyle and 13th 100 Freestyle
Elijah Braun-9th 100 Butterfly and 11th 100 Backstroke
Joshua Barry-4th 200 Individual Medley and 6th 100 Backstroke
Kaden Kozsuch-7th 200 Freestyle and 8th 100 Breaststroke
Swimmers have a Pre-Regional and JV Championship meet coming up this Saturday, January 12th in Lewisville. It will be the last meet before Regionals which will be held in Mansfield on Friday January 25th.
Week of January 14
Nothing from February 21, 2019 to March 21, 2019.
Coach Taylor graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Kinesiology and a minor in Biology. She competed in three sports while in college: swimming, gymnastics, and golf. One of her first jobs out of college was coaching the women’s swim team at TCU. She did this for two years before marrying her husband, Mark. They have three sons (all Cougars), and three granddaughters.
Coaching swimming has been her passion for the last 30+ years. She has coached swimming at all levels, from summer league to Olympic trials qualifiers. The best part of coaching at Grace is being able to bring God’s Word into every practice and watch each athlete not only improve physically, but mature spiritually.
Jason has been the junior high/high school orchestra director since 2010, the junior high/high school band director since 2014, and the junior high/high school cross country coach since 2013. He has served as National Honor Society advisor and shotgun team advisor. Since he has been at Grace, the instrumental program has won three Texas Association for Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) instrumental state championships. He also serves as the TAPPS state music chair. Jason received his B.S. in Music Education from East Central University, where he met his wife, Angela. They have three daughters who attend Grace. Jason is an avid outdoorsman who loves to hunt and manage conservation lands. He is also a seasoned runner who has completed six marathons and an ultra-marathon 50K, and many other races. One of his favorite races is the Rose City Triathlon where he competed individually, but also enjoys putting together relay teams stacked with several of his students.