County standouts look to polish gold medals at state swimming and diving meet
By: Mike Jones , Sports Editor

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.

State qualifiers

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)

Conroe: Sean LeNeave (200 free; 500 free); Nuffy Swanson (100 butterfly)

Magnolia: Jonathan Field (1-meter diving)

Montgomery: Girls and boys 200 medley relay; Girls and boys 200 free relay; Boys 400 free relay; Kelsey Polovina (200 IM; 500 free); Kristen Gropp (50 free; 500 free); Colleen Fougere (50 free); Graham Mullings (50 free; 100 free); J.J. Kinzbach (1-meter diving); Jake Kinzbach (1-meter diving); Eric Phelps (100 butterfly; 100 backstroke)

New Caney: Boys 200 medley relay and 400 free relay; Brad Safarik (50 free; 100 breaststroke)

College Park: Liz Nelson (500 free)

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