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posted Feb 24, 2019, 10:20 AM by Rey Aguilar   [ updated Feb 25, 2019, 1:36 PM ]
The UIL Texas State Championships were held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin TX, on the 15th and 16th of February, 2019.  The road to State is arduous; in order to qualify for the State meet swimmers must first qualify for one of eight Regional Championships by placing in the top six at their respective District meets. The State Championship qualifiers for each event are then determined as follows: the top two finishers from each Regional meet qualify automatically, with the next eight fastest times throughout the state qualifying via call-ups. Fifteen Dad’s Club swimmers qualified for the State Championship.



Emma Clark – Katy Taylor

Amy Evans – Katy Taylor

Roxana Nolte – Katy Taylor

Caleb Duncan – Klein

Noah Czelusta – Memorial

Luke Funderburk – Memorial

Michael Ma – Memorial

Jeremy Bates – Strake Jesuit

Andreas Mason – Strake Jesuit

Emma Stephenson – Stratford

Emma Venghaus – Stratford

Kara Moss – Stratford

Keagan Firenza – Stratford

Dean Rathgeb – Stratford

Luke Reed – Stratford



Emma Clark, Amy Evans, Roxana Nolte, Caleb Duncan, Jeremy Bates, Andreas Mason, Emma Stephenson, Emma Venghaus, Kara Moss, Keagan Firenza, and Dean Rathgeb all made finals in relay events.


The Stratford girls 200 Medley Relay of Emma Venghaus, Kara Moss, and Emma Stephenson placed 6th overall. Stephenson and Moss also helped their Stratford girls 200 Free Relay to an 8th place finish.


Luke Funderburk, Noah Czelusta, and Michael Ma led the lone Memorial boys relay to a 17th place finish in the 200 Medley Relay.


Keagan Firenza and Dean Rathgeb led off the first two legs of the Stratford boys 200 Medley Relay finishing in 12th place. Rathgeb, Luke Reed and the Stratford boys just missed the B Final of the 200 Free Relay, placing 17th overall.


Roxana Nolte helped the Katy Taylor girls 400 Free Relay to a 4th place finish, just missing the podium.

The Katy Taylor Girls (Emma Clark BK, Amy Evans BR) put together a bronze medal 200 medal relay. Amy Evan's split of 28. 44 was the fastest breaststroke split of the entire meet. 


Individual Finalists

Emma Clark (Katy Taylor) – 200 Free (14th), 100 Back (9th)

Amy Evans (Katy Taylor) – 100 Breast (10th)

Caleb Duncan (Klein) – 50 Free (1st), 100 Free (2nd)

Noah Czelusta (Memorial) – 200 IM (15th), 100 Breast (11th)

Jeremy Bates (Strake Jesuit) – 100 Breast (14th)

Andreas Mason (Strake Jesuit) – 100 Fly (12th)

Emma Stephenson (Stratford) – 50 Free (1st), 100 Fly (3rd)

Dean Rathgeb (Stratford) – 100 Breast (10th)

Individual Champions

Emma Stephenson was individual champion in the 50 free for the second year in a row. Her winning time of 22.67 was a new UIL 6A State record and a new 17-18 and open Dad’s Club record.

YouTube Video

Emma Stephenson Lane 4


Caleb Duncan followed Emma Stephenson with his own win in the 50 free. This was Caleb’s first individual state title and the 4th year in a row a Dad’s Club boy has won this event at State (Clayton Bobo 2016, 2017, 2018).

YouTube Video

Caleb Duncan Lane 5 

Go Dad's!