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GRACE BOYS WIN STATE/GIRLS TAKE 2ND!
On Tuesday February 9th, the Grace Community boys swim team won the 2021 TAPPS Division II State Title and the girl’s team brought home the 2nd place trophy. Down by 5 points to San Antonio TMI with 4 events to go, the boys were able to place high enough in the final events to give them a 274.5 to 229.5 point advantage at the end of the meet.  The boys captured 1st place in the 200 yard Medley Relay with a time of 1:45:14 and first in the 200 yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:34.18.  Joshua Barry and Michael Green were able to achieve individual top 3 honors in the 100 yard backstroke (2nd) and 100 yard breaststroke (3). 
 
The girls team held a solid 2nd place position behind TMI with a score of 282.5 to 225 and Frassati Catholic at 188.  The girls team also brought home gold in the 200 yard Freestyle Relay with a time of 1:49.10 and silver in the 200 yard Medley Relay with a time of 2:01.35.  Senior Talia Thompson led the girls with a second place finish in the 50 free and a 3rd place in the 100 yard freestyle. The Cougar swimmers had an outstanding meet setting 7 new school records.  Three Junior and Swimmers were also selected to the Academic All-State Team:  Talia Thompson, Liligrace Bazzell and Kaden Kozsuch.

GIRLS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:
Talia Thompson (12): 2nd 50 yd. Freestyle, 3rd 100 yd Freestyle 
Blakely Roseberry (10): 3rd 200 yd. Freestyle, 4th 100 yd. Backstroke 
Ashley Taylor (10): 4th 100 yd. Breaststroke, 7th 50 yd. Freestyle
Liligrace Bazzell (11): 7th 100 yd. Backstroke 
Emalee Dupuis (9): 7th 200 yd. Individual Medley, 14th 100 yd. Breaststroke 
Isabella Hayes (9):12th 100 yd. Backstroke, 27th 50 yd. Freestyle
Sidney Boone (9): 29th 100 yd. Freestyle, 33rd  50 yd. Freestyle 
GIRLS RELAY RESULTS:
200 yd. Freestyle Relay-1st (Bazzell, Taylor, Roseberry, Thompson)
200 yd. Medley Relay-2nd (Roseberry, Taylor, Bazzell, Thompson)
400 yd. Freestyle Relay-5th (Bazzell, Hayes, Dupuis, Boone)

BOYS INDIVIDUAL RESULTS:
Elijah Braun (12): 4th 100 yd. Butterfly, 7th 50 yd. Freestyle              
Joshua Barry (11): 2nd 100 yd. Backstroke, 4th  200 yd. Freestyle 
Michael Green (10): 3rd 100 yd. Breaststroke, 4th 200 yd. Individual Medley 
Kaden Kozsuch (11): 4th 100 yd. Breaststroke, 7th 200 yd. Individual Medley 
Eli Coffey (11): 5th 50 yd. Freestyle, 8th 100 yd. Breaststroke 
Colton Harmon (10): 11th 100 yd. Freestyle, 14th 50 yd. Freestyle 
Caleb Wilson (10):17th 100 yd. Backstroke, 28th 50 yd. Freestyle 
Seth Wilson (9): 5th 200 yd. Individual Medley 
BOYS RELAY RESULTS:
200 yd. Medley Relay-1st (Barry, Green, Braun, Kozsuch)
200 yd. Freestyle Relay (Green, Braun, Coffey, Kozsuch)
400 yd. Freestyle Relay (Barry, Coffey, Harmon, S. Wilson)

Janet Taylor

Janet Taylor

Head Coach

Coach Taylor is the head coach for the high school and junior high swim programs. She believes that many life skills can be learned through swimming, such as goal-setting, developing a plan of action to reach those goals, time management skills, and a strong work ethic. She understands how important relationships are in swimming, and how these friendships tend to last a lifetime. Most of all, Janet believes in Colossians 3:17 and wants to instill this verse into her swimmers. “whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

Janet graduated from TCU and was a three sport letterman in swimming, gymnastics, and golf. After graduation, she was head women’s swim coach at TCU for several years. She is in her 25th year of coaching at Grace and has led the Cougar swimmers to six state championships. Over the past 45 years of coaching, Janet has coached swimmers to all levels of achievement, from learn to swim to Olympic Trial qualifiers.

Jason Montier

Jason Montier

Assistant Coach

Jason has been the middle school/high school orchestra director since 2010, the middle school/high school band director since 2014, and the middle school/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.