Reagan Aquatics Defends District Champ Title
Submitted By Kristie Chen
As summer 2017 came to an end, the aquatics season had just begun for Reagan High School swimmer and divers. The team’s 70 plus athletes, were ready for an amazing season. They practiced for months, for at least two hours a day, preparing for championship season which began in January. Under the guidance of Coach Mike Sansavera, the team entered Districts with the hope of defending their title as District Champions.
On January 25, Districts began with the diving session. For two days, swimmers competed through preliminaries and finals, as the divers completed their final dives. The athletes tingled with excitement and anticipation as they awaited their events. They had trained for months, all for this one competition. The atmosphere in the Josh Davis Natatorium was tense, but exhilarating. For many of the races, hundredths of a second separated finalists from non-finalists, regional advancements from district swimmers, first place from second place.
Reagan Aquatics performed phenomenally at Districts, with Reagan girls winning every event, Reagan boys defeating Churchill in the 200-freestyle relay, and divers placing in the top two for girls and boys. Reagan Aquatics proudly left Districts as District Champions for the seventh year. At the meet, Coach Sansavera was awarded “Women’s Coach of the Year,” senior Hannah Feng was awarded “Female Swimmer of the Year,” and sophomore Konstantine Partalas was awarded “Male Diver of the Meet.” From Districts, the top six in each event advanced to the Regional Championships scheduled for the following weekend.
Reagan’s Regional team was composed of 22 swimmers and four divers. Several other supportive teammates also attended the meet to cheer on their team. The competition was tough with schools represented from over five districts. But due to the hard work of the Reagan athletes and the amazing guidance of Coach Sansavera, Reagan Aquatics walked away from the Josh Davis Natatorium as Regional Champions, with the girls team placing first and the boys team placing fifth. Reagan also had four individual and three relay Regional Champions, and in diving, athletes placed first, third, fourth, and seventh.
From Regionals, the top two individuals in each event advanced to State on February 16 at the University of Texas at Austin. Eleven Reagan Aquatics athletes (nine swimmers and two divers) competed at the UIL State swimming competition. Adding an exclamation point to an already amazing 2017-18 season, Reagan Aquatics performed tremendously at State, with the girls team placing seventh, and the boys team placing thirtieth. Combined, Reagan placed eleventh at State out of over 50 schools from all over the state of Texas.
Overall, the 2017-18 season was extremely successful for the District and Regional champion Reagan Aquatics team. The team is excited to return to the pool to defend their title as District Champions. A special thank you to the amazing parents and supporters of the Rattler team and for the instruction from Coach Sansavera. Fantastic