High School Swimming

Warriors, Panthers stand out at 21-5A swim meets

By Dennis Silva II, Sports Editor
Posted 1/29/21

Jordan and Paetow competed at the District 21-5A swim championships on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Conroe ISD Natatorium. It is the inaugural year of competition for the Jordan High swim teams, and each had impressive first impressions.

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Warriors, Panthers stand out at 21-5A swim meets

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Jordan and Paetow competed at the District 21-5A swim championships on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Conroe ISD Natatorium. It is the inaugural year of competition for the Jordan High swim teams, and each had impressive first impressions.

The Jordan girls finished third overall as a team with 97 points behind district champ Magnolia and runner-up Kingwood Park. Jordan freshman Kaeli White was the district champ in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5-minutes, 04.05 seconds. She also finished second in the 100 backstroke.

“To be the first district champ at Jordan makes me feel really proud to be a Warrior,” White said. “Being able to go to district with a group of girls that I’ve grown really close to, even through this pandemic, has been amazing.”

Paetow’s girls finished eighth as a team with 16 points. Panthers coach Mike Jones was named Coach of the Meet.

The top four in each event qualified for regionals.

Girls regional qualifiers from Katy ISD were Jordan’s third-place 200 medley relay team of White, Vanessa Moonsammy, Victoria Hewitt and Isabella Mesa, Paetow’s Gabriella Donnelly (fourth, 200 freestyle), Jordan’s Athena Bazzi (third, 200 individual medley; third, 100 breaststroke), Jordan’s Victoria Hewitt (fourth, 100 butterfly), White (first, 500 freestyle; second, 100 backstroke), Jordan’s fourth-place 200 freestyle relay of Victoria Hewitt, Athena Bazzi, Hannah Knicely and Isabella Mesa, Moonsammy (fourth, 100 breaststroke), and Jordan’s fourth-place 400 freestyle relay of White, Ella Flathouse, Moonsammy and Bazzi.

On the boys side, Jordan, too, finished third as a team with 81.5 points behind district champ Kingwood Park and second-place Magnolia. Paetow’s boys finished fifth with 37 points.

Boys regional qualifiers from Katy ISD were Jordan’s Jonathan Palmattam (fourth, 200 freestyle), Jordan’s Kai Walter (third, 500 freestyle), Jordan’s fourth-place 200 freestyle relay of Sebastian Leal, Leonardo Nguyen, Manuel Diaz and Edelmiro Lucio, Paetow’s Alex Sombero (third, 100 backstroke), Jordan’s fourth-place 400 freestyle relay of Leal, Nguyen, Diaz and Walter, and Paetow divers Kalen Velazquez (second) and Johnny Pleites (third).

The Region IV-5A boys and girls meets will be held Feb. 5-6 at Don Cook Natatorium in Sugar Land. At regionals, the top swimmer in each event is the only guaranteed spot for state. An additional eight call-ups will advance in each region.

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