Swimmer finishes season-best time at meet
East and West Victoria High School, along with Tuloso-Midway High School, gathered at the VISD Aquatic Center for a varsity swim meet in Victoria.
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• GIRLS: 1. Tuloso-Midway, 63; 2. Victoria East, 16; 3. Victoria West, 14.
• BOYS: 1. Tuloso-Midway, 67; 2. Victoria East, 24; 3. Victoria West, 9.
The ice pack wasn't all that helped Morgan Loudenslager withstand the pain in her ankle.
Swimming her season-best time in the 100-yard freestyle made the Victoria West junior feel much better.
"I feel like I did pretty well," she said, "considering I hit my ankle."
Loudenslager hit her ankle on the wall during the turn in the 50-yard freestyle, which she won in a time of 28.60 seconds during a tri-meet with Victoria East and Tuloso-Midway on Thursday night at the Victoria Aquatics Center.
She also finished second in the 100 freestyle in a time of 1:03.78.
"She's a very competitive person," said VISD girls coach Ashley Wernke. "She likes to push herself. I just try to pair her up with a similar-speed swimmer. We do a lot of racing and things to challenge her to try and pass - a lot of tapering, too."
Loudenslager's immediate goal is to qualify for the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association meet scheduled for Jan. 11 at Tuloso-Midway.
Loudenslager's best time in the 50 is 28.20, and she needs to swim a 28-flat to earn a spot.
"I only started swimming when I was a freshman," she said. "I think I've improved big time. I've dropped from a 32 to a 28."
Wernke knows Loudenslager will work hard toward her goal, even if it means utilizing an early taper.
"Her being a sprinter, it's hard to drop the time," Wernke said. "But just seeing her from last year, she has already dropped her time. I think she can do it."