Cailyn McComb knew a seventh-straight district swimming and diving championship was within El Campo’s grasp.

McComb also understood it could just as easily slip away.

“We definitely had to train and rest for this meet,” McComb said. “We usually don’t rest for this meet. We knew we would all have to go our best times. We’re usually not worried about it. This year, we were stressing about it. We were super nervous coming in. We’re seniors, so we had to win. We knew we had to take it home for the last time.”

The Ladybirds were able to hold off a stiff challenge from Victoria West and kept their streak alive at the District 27-5A meet Friday at the VISD Aquatics Center.

El Campo won all three relays and scored 135 points to hold off the Warriors, who were second with 117 points.

The West boys won their third consecutive district championship with 166.5 points, easily outdistancing Bay City, which was second with 96 points.

The El Campo and West girls had squared off in previous meets and expected the meet to be close.

“You can’t leave anything to chance,” said El Campo coach Richard Nava. “We planned it to have three strong relays and it all worked out. We had kids in every event we could put them in. Point-wise it was perfect.”

El Campo got first-place finishes from junior Camryn Jansky, the meet’s outstanding female swimmer for the third consecutive year, in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke.

“I think our ultimate goal as a team was to win a district title,” Jansky said. “This year, the mindset was a little bit different because Victoria (West) has a really good team and we competed against them multiple times and we knew it was going to be a fight and it was until the last relay.

“I think individually,” she added. “I just wanted to go out and have fun and enjoy my last two seasons.”

West got first-place finishes from Vivian Shepherd in the 200 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, Gwen Shepherd in the 200 yard individual medley and 500 freestyle, and Cristina Cervantes in the 100 butterfly.

“They did fantastic,” said VISD coach Jon Walden. “As we went through the meet, both East and West, almost everybody dropped time, which is what you want to see as a coach. They were doing their personal best.”

But it wasn’t enough to stop El Campo from adding another district title to its trophy case.

“Everybody performed tremendously,” said senior Sydney Slattery. “Everybody in the medley went their fastest time ever. It was great. It was the best thing. This pressure was probably the best thing for us. It showed us how fast we can go.”

Young Warriors up to the test

West won the boys title behind first-place finishes from three freshmen.

Branton Rainey won the 200 and 500 freestyle, Jackson Crocker won the boys 200 individual medley and Ross Nunley won the boys 100 butterfly.

The Warriors also won the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

“This is a tremendous freshman class,” Walden said. “One of them — Branton Rainey — he won gold in everything he swam today and of course Ross Nunley took gold in the butterfly and Jackson Crocker took gold in the IM. To have freshman come in the first year on a team and producing gold medals is fantastic.”

The freshmen weren’t fazed by the atmosphere at their first district meet.

“It was great,” Rainey said. “I had adrenaline running through my veins the entire time and all the people around me was so much fun. I knew my friends were able to help me keep up the legacy of the seniors who graduated last year and they pulled it through.”

Family tradition

El Campo junior Conner Williams won the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke and swam legs on the 200 freestyle relay that finished first and 200 medley that placed second.

Williams was named the meet’s outstanding male swimmer for the second consecutive year.

“I was pleased,” he said. I had some pretty good times. My personal bests this year. It’s not my best or what I want yet, but I’m working towards it.”

Williams’ sister, Hope, was named the meet’s outstanding female swimmer three straight times.

“It is my goal to win it three straight times,” Williams said. “It is definitely my goal. I would definitely like to follow in her footsteps and win it my sophomore, junior and senior years.”

Get it started

Hallettsville freshman Callie Edmonds made a successful district debut by winning the 100 freestyle and finishing second in the 100 backstroke. Other winners included Bay City’s Stephen Estraca in the 100 freestyle and El Campo’s Gage Garner in the 100 breaststroke.

Up next

The top six finishers in each event qualified for the Region VII meet, which is scheduled for Feb. 1-2 at the Don Cook Natatorium in Sugar Land.

Girls team totals — 1, El Campo, 135; 2, Victoria West, 117; 3, Bay City, 86; 4, Wharton, 53; 5, Columbus, 42; 6, Hallettsville, 25; 7, Victoria East, 16; 8, Needville, 5.

Boys team totals — 1, Victoria West, 166.5; 2, Bay City, 96; 3, El Campo, 92; 4, Victoria East, 73.5; 5, Columbus, 30; 6, Van Vleck, 19; 7, Wharton, 8.

Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay — 1, El Campo High School 'A' (Jansky, Camryn 11, McComb, Cailyn 12, Beal, Kendall 09, Slattery, Sydney 12), 1:54.47. 2, Victoria West 'A' (Pratka, Emma 10, Shepherd, Vivian 10, Shepherd, Gwen 09, Cervantes, Cristina 11), 1:57.56. 3, Wharton High School 'A' (Wind, Madeline 09, Evanicky, Madison 11, Hamlin, Mia 11, Guajardo, Ashley 09), 2:17.22. 4, Bay City High School 'A' (Miller, Aubry 11, Sliva, Hannah 12, Vargas, Faith 12, Grimes, Mallory 11), 2:20.07. 5, Columbus High School 'A' (Murga, Leti 12, Pavlu, Taylor 10, Vallone, Alexia 09, Smith, Shannon 11), 2:24.30. 6, Victoria East 'A' (De Sousa, Maria 11, Neubauer, Emily 10, Caltzonzin, Daisy 12, Sanchez, Janesca 09), 2:32.52.

Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay — 1, Victoria West 'A' (Crocker, Jackson 09, Monney, Ethan 11, Nunley, Ross 09, Luke, Tanner 10), 1:48.67. 2, El Campo High School 'A' (Williams, Reid 09, Garner, Gage 10, Williams, Conner 11, Vallejo, David 09), 1:56.79. 3, Victoria East 'A' (Palmquist, Ean 11, Posey, Caden 09, Peart, Kasey 11, Hu, Roger 10), 1:58.22. 4, Bay City High School 'A' (Dye, Daniel 09, Brooks, Matthew 09, Peralta, Chris 09, Estraca, Stephen 12), 2:00.19. 5, Columbus High School 'A' (Rau, Jagar 09, Neumann, Christopher 12, Wavra, Logan 10, Schobel, Andrew 10), 2:13.21. 6, Van Vleck HS Swimming 'A' (Hahn, Brendan 11, Kocurek, Chance 12, Ros, Garrett 11, Cantu, Tony 10), 2:32.30.

Girls 200 Yard Freestyle — 1, Shepherd, Vivian, Victoria West, 2:06.79. 2, Vargas, Faith, Bay City High School, 2:16.11. 3, Groll, Autumn, Victoria West, 2:24.50. 4, Guajardo, Ashley, Wharton High School, 2:26.34. 5, Miller, Aubry, Bay City High School, 2:31.63. 6, Evans, Grace, El Campo High School, 2:32.42. 7, Neubauer, Emily, Victoria East, 2:35.17. 8, Westphal, Courtney, Columbus High School, 2:41.30. 9, Rester, Kyla, Columbus High School, 2:42.58. 10, You, Alexandria, El Campo High School, 2:43.53. 11, Sanchez, Janesca, Victoria East, 2:48.06. 12, Mejia, Alyson, Victoria West, 2:59.37. 13, Lilie, Ashley, El Campo High School, 3:04.77. 14, Molina, Madisyn, El Campo High School, 3:16.37.

Boys 200 Yard Freestyle — 1, Rainey, Branton, Victoria West, 2:03.20. 2, Migura, Tyler, Victoria West, 2:05.46. 3, Brooks, Matthew, Bay City High School, 2:14.70. 4, Williams, Reid, El Campo High School, 2:16.42. 5, Morales, Carlos, Victoria East, 2:17.28. 6, Alonzo, Samuel, Victoria West, 2:26.85. 7, Vallejo, David, El Campo High School, 2:27.26. 8, Gonzalez, Isaiah, Victoria East, 2:34.63. 9, Neumann, Christopher, Columbus High School, 2:40.12.

Girls 200 Yard IM — 1, Shepherd, Gwen, Victoria West, 2:26.33. 2, Hamlin, Mia, Wharton High School, 2:40.96. 3, Vargas, Glory, Bay City High School, 2:43.05. 4, Murga, Leti, Columbus High School, 2:53.21.

Boys 200 Yard IM — 1, Crocker, Jackson, Victoria West, 2:20.36. 2, Aschenbeck, Trey, Victoria West, 2:34.52. 3, Wright, Jordan, Bay City High School, 2:43.85.

Girls 50 Yard Freestyle — 1, Jansky, Camryn, El Campo High School, 25.86. 2, Cervantes, Cristina, Victoria West, 26.41. 3, Slattery, Sydney, El Campo High School, 26.58. 4, Koehne, Lauren E, Hallettsville High School Swim, 27.41. 5, Wilson, Emily, El Campo High School, 27.68. 6, Evanicky, Madison, Wharton High School, 29.02. 7, Malone, Bailey, Needville High School, 29.04. 8, Romo, Kiara, El Campo High School, 29.69. 9, Smith, Shannon, Columbus High School, 30.18. 10, Schobel, Maison, Columbus High School, 30.44. 11, Lagunes Casanova, Alondra, Bay City High School, 30.48. 12, Blackmon, Chynelle, Van Vleck HS Swimming, 31.31. 13, Monney, Cumorah, Victoria West, 31.47. 14, Lowery, Zoie, Victoria West, 33.03. 15, Pavlu, Taylor, Columbus High School, 33.27. 16, De Sousa, Maria, Victoria East, 33.36. 17, Wind, Madeline, Wharton High School, 34.10. 18, Ring, Chastity, Columbus High School, 34.89. 19, Garza, Arianna, Victoria East, 34.92. 20, Grimes, Mallory, Bay City High School, 36.69. 21, Franz, Jaycie, Van Vleck HS Swimming, 40.41.

Boys 50 Yard Freestyle — 1, Williams, Conner, El Campo High School, 22.43. 2, Luke, Tanner, Victoria West, 23.27. 2, Palmquist, Ean, Victoria East, 23.27. 4, Nunley, Ross, Victoria West, 24.38. 5, Dye, Daniel, Bay City High School, 25.56. 6, Hogg, Spencer, Bay City High School, 25.90. 7, Schobel, Andrew, Columbus High School, 26.10. 8, Janke, Tony, El Campo High School, 26.57. 9, Harfst, Bronson, El Campo High School, 26.59. 10, Ondrias, Kane, El Campo High School, 26.76. 11, Aguilar, Christopher, Wharton High School, 26.93. 12, Cook, Hunter, Victoria West, 28.45. 13, Murga, Manu, Columbus High School, 28.84. 14, Hahn, Brendan, Van Vleck HS Swimming, 28.89. 15, Wavra, Logan, Columbus High School, 29.38. 16, Ajrami, Rami, Victoria West, 29.44. 17, Gaona, Gage, Wharton High School, 29.68. 18, Posey, Caden, Victoria East, 31.59. 19, Ros, Garrett, Van Vleck HS Swimming, 32.13. 20, Gurecky, Nathan, Wharton High School, 33.07. 21, Mendoza, Joel, Columbus High School, 33.26. 22, Cantu, Tony, Van Vleck HS Swimming, 36.13. 23, Munoz, Nicholas, Wharton High School, 36.59.

Girls 1 meter Diving — 1, Lagunes Casanova, Alondra, Bay City High School, 215.75.

Boys 1 meter Diving — 1, Estraca, Stephen, Bay City High School, 268.65.

Girls 100 Yard Butterfly — 1, Cervantes, Cristina, Victoria West, 1:05.11. 2, Pierce, Morgan, El Campo High School, 1:06.87. 3, Vargas, Faith, Bay City High School, 1:09.96. 4, Hamlin, Mia, Wharton High School, 1:12.49. 5, Smith, Shannon, Columbus High School, 1:26.87.

Boys 100 Yard Butterfly — 1, Nunley, Ross, Victoria West, 1:01.45. 2, Peralta, Chris, Bay City High School, 1:06.44. 3, Peart, Kasey, Victoria East, 1:06.55. 4, Aschenbeck, Trey, Victoria West, 1:09.09. 5, Alonzo, Samuel, Victoria West, 1:10.80. 6, Vallejo, David, El Campo High School, 1:28.50.

Girls 100 Yard Freestyle — 1, Edmonds, Callie A, Hallettsville High School Swim, 56.67. 2, Beal, Kendall, El Campo High School, 57.59. 3, Pratka, Emma, Victoria West, 1:00.03. 4, McComb, Cailyn, El Campo High School, 1:01.07. 5, Wilson, Emily, El Campo High School, 1:05.59. 6, Malone, Bailey, Needville High School, 1:06.42. 7, Evans, Grace, El Campo High School, 1:07.72. 8, Caltzonzin, Daisy, Victoria East, 1:09.75. 9, Mejia, Alyson, Victoria West, 1:15.00. 10, Westphal, Courtney, Columbus High School, 1:15.87. 11, Vallone, Remington, Columbus High School, 1:17.11. 12, Sanchez, Janesca, Victoria East, 1:17.19. 13, Vallone, Alexia, Columbus High School, 1:17.94. 14, Garza, Arianna, Victoria East, 1:19.48. 15, Ring, Chastity, Columbus High School, 1:29.67. 16, Franz, Jaycie, Van Vleck HS Swimming, 1:33.41.

Boys 100 Yard Freestyle — 1, Estraca, Stephen, Bay City High School, 51.57. 2, Garner, Gage, El Campo High School, 51.69. 3, Monney, Ethan, Victoria West, 53.45. 4, Hogg, Spencer, Bay City High School, 58.24. 5, Migura, Tyler, Victoria West, 58.98. 6, Kocurek, Chance, Van Vleck HS Swimming, 1:00.69. 7, Morales, Carlos, Victoria East, 1:02.13. 8, Schobel, Andrew, Columbus High School, 1:03.10. 9, Harfst, Bronson, El Campo High School, 1:04.54. 10, Aguilar, Christopher, Wharton High School, 1:05.96. 11, Janke, Tony, El Campo High School, 1:07.37. 12, Gonzalez, Isaiah, Victoria East, 1:07.54. 13, Cook, Hunter, Victoria West, 1:08.27. 14, Gaona, Gage, Wharton High School, 1:09.63. 15, Rau, Jagar, Columbus High School, 1:10.37. 16, Wavra, Logan, Columbus High School, 1:10.92. 17, Mendoza, Joel, Columbus High School, 1:15.51. 18, Gurecky, Nathan, Wharton High School, 1:15.92. 19, DeLaRosa, Marcus, Van Vleck HS Swimming, 1:40.56.

Girls 500 Yard Freestyle — 1, Shepherd, Gwen, Victoria West, 5:55.37. 2, Pierce, Morgan, El Campo High School, 5:55.94. 3, Sliva, Hannah, Bay City High School, 6:13.92. 4, Vargas, Glory, Bay City High School, 6:26.39. 5, Guajardo, Ashley, Wharton High School, 6:52.05. 6, Schultz, Emily, Victoria West, 7:05.79. 7, Respondek, Riley, El Campo High School, 7:21.19. 8, Rester, Kyla, Columbus High School, 7:43.45. 9, Bashaw, Katherine, Victoria West, 8:09.41.

Boys 500 Yard Freestyle — 1, Rainey, Branton, Victoria West, 5:33.98. 2, Brooks, Matthew, Bay City High School, 6:09.18. 3, Hu, Roger, Victoria East, 6:11.88. 4, Shepherd, Garrett, Victoria West, 6:32.37. 5, Wright, Jordan, Bay City High School, 6:34.07. 6, Neumann, Christopher, Columbus High School, 7:19.00.

Girls 200 Yard Freestyle Relay — 1, El Campo High School 'A' (Wilson, Emily 12, Slattery, Sydney 12, McComb, Cailyn 12, Pierce, Morgan 11), 1:50.45. 2, Bay City High School 'A' (Vargas, Faith 12, Vargas, Glory 10, Lagunes Casanova, Alondra 12, Sliva, Hannah 12), 1:56.31. 3, Wharton High School 'A' (Hamlin, Mia 11, Wind, Madeline 09, Evanicky, Madison 11, Guajardo, Ashley 09), 1:59.32. 4, Victoria West 'A' (Schultz, Emily 10, Monney, Cumorah 11, Lowery, Zoie 12, Groll, Autumn 11), 2:07.14. 5, Columbus High School 'A' (Schobel, Maison 12, Vallone, Alexia 09, Murga, Leti 12, Westphal, Courtney 09), 2:08.50. 6, Victoria East 'A' (Neubauer, Emily 10, De Sousa, Maria 11, Sanchez, Janesca 09, Caltzonzin, Daisy 12), 2:09.67.

Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay — 1, El Campo High School 'A' (Williams, Conner 11, Garner, Gage 10, Janke, Tony 12, Ondrias, Kane 12), 1:38.68. 2, Victoria West 'A' (Rainey, Branton 09, Migura, Tyler 10, Aschenbeck, Trey 11, Luke, Tanner 10), 1:41.65. 3, Bay City High School 'A' (Wright, Jordan 10, Hogg, Spencer 10, Dye, Daniel 09, Peralta, Chris 09), 1:45.19. 4, Victoria East 'A' (Morales, Carlos 12, Gonzalez, Isaiah 12, Posey, Caden 09, Peart, Kasey 11), 1:57.43. 5, Columbus High School 'A' (Murga, Manu 10, Neumann, Christopher 12, Mendoza, Joel 12, Schobel, Andrew 10), 2:01.17. 6, Wharton High School 'A' (Gaona, Gage 09, Munoz, Nicholas 10, Gurecky, Nathan 12, Aguilar, Christopher 11), 2:06.03. 7, Van Vleck HS Swimming 'A' (Ros, Garrett 11, Kocurek, Chance 12, Cantu, Tony 10, Hahn, Brendan 11), 2:08.65.

Girls 100 Yard Backstroke — 1, Jansky, Camryn, El Campo High School, 1:00.75. 2, Edmonds, Callie A, Hallettsville High School Swim, 1:01.00. 3, Beal, Kendall, El Campo High School, 1:02.55. 4, Pratka, Emma, Victoria West, 1:07.69. 5, Koehne, Lauren E, Hallettsville High School Swim,  1:13.01. 6, Groll, Autumn, Victoria West, 1:18.46. 7, Murga, Leti, Columbus High School, 1:18.66. 8, Miller, Aubry, Bay City High School, 1:21.55. 9, Bashaw, Katherine, Victoria West, 1:28.63. 10, De Sousa, Maria, Victoria East, 1:28.77. 11, Wind, Madeline, Wharton High School, 1:29.90. 12, Molina, Madisyn, El Campo High School, 1:33.27.

Boys 100 Yard Backstroke — 1, Williams, Conner, El Campo High School, 57.52. 2, Palmquist, Ean, Victoria East, 57.58. 3, Crocker, Jackson, Victoria West, 1:04.47. 4, Williams, Reid, El Campo High School, 1:10.85. 5, Shepherd, Garrett, Victoria West, 1:14.57. 6, Rau, Jagar, Columbus High School, 1:19.91.

Girls 100 Yard Breaststroke — 1, Shepherd, Vivian, Victoria West, 1:10.21. 2, McComb, Cailyn, El Campo High School, 1:13.68. 3, Sliva, Hannah, Bay City High School, 1:18.75. 4, Evanicky, Madison, Wharton High School, 1:28.85. 5, Monney, Cumorah, Victoria West, 1:29.19. 6, Pavlu, Taylor, Columbus High School, 1:34.49. 7, Lilie, Ashley, El Campo High School, 1:34.52. 8, Neubauer, Emily, Victoria East, 1:34.93. 9, Vallone, Alexia, Columbus High School, 1:34.99. 10, Romo, Kiara, El Campo High School, 1:35.28. 11, You, Alexandria, El Campo High School, 1:35.64. 12, Vallone, Remington, Columbus High School, 1:38.53. 13, Schultz, Emily, Victoria West, 1:39.00.

Boys 100 Yard Breaststroke — 1, Garner, Gage, El Campo High School, 1:06.49. 2, Monney, Ethan, Victoria West, 1:07.38. 3, Luke, Tanner, Victoria West, 1:08.14. 4, Ajrami, Rami, Victoria West, 1:14.91. 5, Posey, Caden, Victoria East, 1:20.80. 6, Hu, Roger, Victoria East, 1:26.97. 7, Munoz, Nicholas, Wharton High School, 1:33.87.

Girls 400 Yard Freestyle Relay — 1, El Campo High School 'A' (Beal, Kendall 09, Jansky, Camryn 11, Slattery, Sydney 12, Pierce, Morgan 11), 3:54.08. 2, Victoria West 'A' (Cervantes, Cristina 11, Pratka, Emma 10, Shepherd, Gwen 09, Shepherd, Vivian 10), 3:56.68. 3, Bay City High School 'A' (Vargas, Glory 10, Miller, Aubry 11, Lagunes Casanova, Alondra 12, Grimes, Mallory 11), 4:03.92. 4, Columbus High School 'A' (Rester, Kyla 09, Schobel, Maison 12, Westphal, Courtney 09, Smith, Shannon 11), 5:04.20.

Boys 400 Yard Freestyle Relay — 1, Victoria West 'A' (Crocker, Jackson 09, Nunley, Ross 09, Rainey, Branton 09, Monney, Ethan 11), 3:41.84. 2, Bay City High School 'A' (Brooks, Matthew 09, Dye, Daniel 09, Peralta, Chris 09, Estraca, Stephen 12), 3:53.76. 3, Victoria East 'A' (Morales, Carlos 12, Hu, Roger 10, Gonzalez, Isaiah 12, Palmquist, Ean 11), 4:07.61. 4, El Campo High School 'A' (Williams, Reid 09, Vallejo, David 09, Janke, Tony 12, Ondrias, Kane 12), 4:10.91. 5, Columbus High School 'A' (Murga, Manu 10, Rau, Jagar 09, Mendoza, Joel 12, Wavra, Logan 10), 4:44.20. 6, Van Vleck HS Swimming 'A' (Kocurek, Chance 12, Ros, Garrett 11, DeLaRosa, Marcus 09, Hahn, Brendan 11), 5:34.72.

Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or by email at mforman@vicad.com. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeforman21

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Mike Forman is the sports editor of the Victoria Advocate. He has worked at the Advocate since 1982. He has a bachelor's degree from SMU and a master's degree from UCLA.

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