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UIL State Championships

posted Feb 24, 2013, 1:57 PM by DCST Webmaster   [ updated Mar 1, 2013, 1:25 PM by Rey Aguilar ]
The Stratford boys had another outstanding year repeating their sweeping wins at District, Region and State.

The boys got off to a great start. Michael Miller (breast) and Sam Cordova (free) aided their team to a Silver medal in the 200 Medley relay. Miller’s split of 26.50 was the fastest in the field.

Samuel Cordova (junior) earned his second trip to State by claiming the 200 free title at Regions. Cordova improved on his swim from Regions by breaking the 1:45 barrier with a time of 1:44.52, which earned him the 5th place in the B final.
Photo courtesy of R. Scott Jackson Photography (Facebook)

Michael Miller (senior) turned both his Silver medal finishes of 2012 into Gold. He first took to the pool in one of his specialties, the 200 IM. Miller’s prelim time of 1:48.98 (U.S Open cut) broke the old State record set by Richardson Pierce’s Adam Bull in 2011.

This performance makes him the first 4A swimmer in history to go under 1:49 in the event. In the finals he dominated the race, out-swimming the nearest competitor by 5 seconds.
Miller continued his Gold medal streak in the 100 fly. His time of 48.93, another U.S Open cut, makes him only the second swimmer in 4A UIL history to go under 49 seconds.
Miller is the first Dad’s Club male swimmer to win an individual State title since Anthony Robinson in 1996 (100 breast).

After the team awards were presented, it was announced that Miller had been chosen as the 2013 Male Swimmer of the Year.

Photo courtesy of R. Scott Jackson Photography (Facebook)

On the ladies side, Erika Stephenson (freshman) lead the Stratford girls to a 3rd place finish. Stephenson was the only freshman to qualify for State in the 200 free, and only one of three in the 100 free. Her time of 1:56.37 in the 200 placed her 3rd in the B finals.
On her second trip to State, Courtney Jackson (sophomore) joined Stephenson in the 200 free relay. The girls efforts earned them a 6th place finish in the A final.

Dad’s Club swimmers Danielle Yoon (back), Briana Burns (breast), Alexandra Buscher (fly), and Memorial High School teammate Kelly Denkler (free) took home the Silver in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:45.76.

This time breaks their own high school record set earlier this month at Regions and ranks them 14th in the All-Time 5A list.

Team with Memorial head coach Mauss

Also in the 200 medley relay, Elizabeth Prasse gave Cypress Creek the lead with the fastest 50 backstroke split in the field (26.60). Cypress finished 6th overall.
All four Dad’s Club girls returned in the 200 freestyle relay. Swimming for Memorial, Burns, Yoon, Buscher, and Denkler turned in the 5th fastest performance.

Finishing right behind them in 6th place was Cypress Creek High School who had Prasse get them off to a great start.

Alexandra Buscher (sophomore) out-split the competition in the women’s 200 freestyle. Her winning time of 1:48.45 makes her the first Dad’s Club individual State Champion since Rachel McLaurin in 2001 (50 free). Her prelim time of 1:48.28 places her 10th in the All-Time 5A State list.

Buscher returned to a very strong field in the 500 free. Her time of 4:52.37 placed her 4th and ranks her 15th in the All-Time list.

Danielle Yoon (senior) made her 4th consecutive trip to State. In her first individual race of the day (200 IM) she placed 5th with a time of 2:05.98. Yoon returned in the 100 backstroke , her time of 57.43 moved her up one spot from her prelim placing to 6th.

Yoon finished her UIL high school career with an outstanding list of accomplishments: 13 top 8 finishes at state, 2012 District swimmer of the year, 4 time Memorial record holder, and 7 time All-American.
Elizabeth Prasse (senior) competed in her second State championship. This year she qualified in two relays and the 100 freestyle. Prasse finished first in the B final with a time of 52.39 and ends her high school career as a multiple time individual District champ, 2013 100 free Region champ, and two-time school record holder.

Briana Burns
(junior) competed in the 100 breast for the 3rd consecutive year. After two years of narrowly missing the A final, Burns deservedly made it into the top 8.