The Grace Community School swim team had a memorable weekend in San Antonio.

The squad brought home precious metals in the form of gold and silver medals from the TAPPS Swimming & Diving Championships at the Blossom Athletic Center.

The Cougars captured second place in the TAPPS Division II state meet with 217 points, just six points behind first place Houston Lutheran South Academy’s 223 points. Houston Second Baptist was third at 208.5.

The Lady Cougars, with only four members, still was able to secure fifth place with 137.5 points out of 24 teams. San Antonio Christian was first with 305 points, followed by Spring Frassati Catholic (242), Houston British International (206) and Austin Regents (155.5).

Grace coach Janet Taylor said the meet started off on a positive note with freshman Michael Green earning the North Regional “Swimmer of the Meet.”

As for the state meet, the Cougars captured medals in seven of 11 events, led by Green, sophomore Kaden Kozsuch and sophomore Joshua Barry.

The Cougars broke two longstanding schools records in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

The Lady Cougars captured three medals, led by junior Talia Thompson and freshman Blakely Roseberry. The ladies also broke their 200 medley relay set in November 2019.

Also, Bishop Gorman’s Bradley Richbourg placed eight in the 100 backstroke. He had a time of one minute and 3.01 seconds.

COUGARS

The Cougars captured gold in the 200 medley relay with a school-record time of 1:44.74 seconds. Relay members were Barry, Kozsuch, Elijah Braun and Green.

Green captured first place in the 50 freestyle (22.33 seconds) and 100 breaststroke (1:01.62).

The Grace 200 freestyle relay took the silver in a school-record time of 1:36.08. Relay members were Kozsuch, Barry, Braun and Green.

Kozsuch took second in both the 200 individual medley (2:10.15) and the 100 breaststroke (1:04.86).

Barry claimed the silver in the 200 freestyle (1:59.00). He was fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:02.16).

Other Grace swimmers and their finish include: Braun (7, 100 butterfly, 1:01.82; 13, 100 backstroke, 1:12.15); freshman Jackson Turner (16, 100 freestyle, 1:03.54; 16, 100 backstroke, 1:14.66); and sophomore Eli Coffey (16, 50 freestyle, 25.58).

The 400 freestyle relay placed ninth with a time of 4;12.09. Relay members were Coffey, Turner, freshman Caleb Wilson and sophomore Titus Campbell.

LADY COUGARS

Thompson captured gold in both the 50 freestyle (25.41) and the 100 freestyle (56.26).

Roseberry took the silver behind her teammate Thompson with a clocking of 56.57. Roseberry placed fourth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:06.28.

Ashley Taylor, a freshman, was fifth in the 100 breaststroke (1:17.36) and a tie for 11th in the 50 freestyle (28.49).

Liligrace Bazzell, a sophomore, was seventh in the 100 backstroke and 13th in the 100 butterfly (1:16.10).

The Lady Cougars set a school record in the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:02.26. Relay members were Bazzell, Taylor, Roseberry and Thompson.

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