County standouts look to polish gold medals at state swimming and diving meet
By: Mike Jones
TW's Vennie Dantin, Amanda McClelland, Shaunna Purtell, Taylor Weber,
Gabby Maddalena and Kelly Flynn enjoy their team bonding after practice
Wednesday at Nails of America in the Sterling Ridge Shopping Center
where the girls all received spa pedicures.
(Staff photo by JERRY BAKER)
Swimmers and divers from six Montgomery County high schools will begin
competing today in the preliminaries at the UIL State Meet at the
University of Texas in Austin.
The Woodlands High School girls varsity team, state
runners-up the past two years, has its eyes set on a 5A state title
after the finals are completed on Saturday. Gabby Maddalena and Shaunna
Purtell are double-qualifiers for the Lady Highlanders.
Montgomery's J.J. Kinzbach is expected to bring home the gold in 4A
diving again after another dominating season. His brother, Jake,
Kinzbach, is also a medal possibility. Conroe's Sean LeNeave is a
double-qualifier, as is Montgomery's Kelsey Polovina, Kristen Gropp
Eric Phelps and Graham Mullings. New Caney's Brad Safarik is a favorite
in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke.
TWHS: Girls 200
medley relay; Girls and boys 200 free relay; Girls and boys 400 free
relay; Gabby Maddalena (200 free; 500 free); Kelsey Amundsen (200 IM;
100 free); Shaunna Purtell (50 free; 100 free); Kara Cook (1-meter
diving); Vennie Dantin (1-meter diving); Drew Livingston (1-meter
diving); Taylor Weber (100 butterfly); Kelly Flynn (100 breast)