The state high school state swimming meet gets underway on Friday in Austin. Once again, the Flour Bluff Hornets are taking a strong team there.
Flour Bluff will take 19 swimmers to the meet. And no strangers to the biggest meet of the year are twin Ammarie and Alex Wallett. Both are headed to state for the fourth consecutive year.
Alex is headed to Texas A&M next season. He won the bronze in the 50 butterfly last year, so you know he is looking to medal again.
His sister Ammarie is looking to make school history. It’s exciting times for the Hornets’ swim team.
Alex says he’s better prepared for the state meet during his senior season.
“I have improved upon almost everything like stroke-wise and all that stuff and coming into this meet,” Alex said. “I am definitely a lot more motivated to do well since I am a senior and this will be my last year swimming (at Flour Bluff) plus I am pursuing this in college.”
Ammarie also is set for a big effort in Austin.
“O.K., so I want to break the 100 fly school record from the record from the previous girl,” she said. “I believe it’s a 58.2. I want to be able to get a 57.”
Flour Bluff swimming coach Bryan Hutchinson said the state meet will be a big challenge for his team.
“It’s a good chance for these kids to see some amazing swimming and compete against some great athletes,” Hutchinson said. “There will be a lot of state records broken and that energy when you are in the UT swim center with all the great swimmers that have (competed) there.
“I can’t say enough about the energy and excitement. And kids tend to go real fast when the whole place is electrified with records being broken and just fast swims overall.
Le Collins, who will be swimming the butterfly at the University of the Incarnate Word next season, is also expected to be a strong medal contender in the 100.