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By Steve Habel

Lake Travis’ Megan Grose was the first to the wall in the girls’ 100-yard butterfly event and earned the Cavaliers’ lone individual title during the 2013 District 15-5A swimming championships, held Friday and Saturday at the Jamail Swim Center on the campus of the University of Texas.
The Lady Cavaliers ended up with 114 points and in second place in the team competition behind Westlake (162) and ahead of Anderson (87), Bowie (85) and Austin High (49). The Lake Travis boys’ team scored 68 points and finished fourth behind Westlake (166), Bowie (109) and Anderson (94) and ahead of Austin High (44).
Grose splashed to the district title in a time of 1 minute, .79 seconds, but she was far from satisfied with her performance.
“I have had a lot better swims, and it was a surprise to be able to win district with less than my best here today,” Grose said. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to have won second in the girls’ team event – we were only able to do that because we pushed past Bowie and Anderson and got points from a lot of my teammates.”
The top six finishers in Saturday’s final individual events earned berths in the Class 5A Region II meet, which will be contested Feb. 8-9 at the University of Houston’s Wellness and Recreation Center. Because there were just five teams competing in the relay events, all advanced to the regionals.
“It’s been a tough adjustment for our swimmers to compete for the first year at the 5A level and especially against teams like Westlake that have been so good for so long,” first-year Lake Travis swimming coach K.B. DeBord said. “We will get better from this level of competition, and we are looking to make bigger strides and surprise a few people when we get to the regional meet.”
Other regional qualifiers for the Lake Travis girls’ team were Taylor Bishop (sixth) in the 200 freestyle; Grose (third) in the 200 individual medley; Bishop Hunter (fourth) in the 50 freestyle; Jennifer Goode (fourth) and Natalie Strait (fifth) in the 100 butterfly; Hunter (sixth) in the 100 freestyle; Bishop (fourth) in the 500 freestyle; Sedera Zbranek (third) and Libby Linton (fifth) in the 100 backstroke; and Maggie Jukes (third) in the 100 breaststroke.
Boys’ swimmers to advance to the regional meet for Lake Travis were Stephen Austrian (fifth) in the 200 freestyle; Ben Rogers (fourth) in the 200 IM; Chris Meyer (fifth) in the 100 butterfly; Kyle Lucas (fifth) in the 100 freestyle; Austrian (fourth) in the 500 freestyle; Lucas (third) in the 100 backstroke; and Ben Rodgers (fifth) in the 100 breaststroke.
Lake Travis took second in the girls’ 200 medley relay in a time of 1:56.06, well behind Westlake’s winning time of 1:53.44, and third in the boys’ event in a time of 1:44.64.
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