Conroe High School’s Sean LeNeave takes off on the way to a
silver-medal finish in the 200 freestyle at the state meet at the Lee
and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin on Saturday. (Staff photo by
Conroe High School's Sean LeNeave had a state meet to remember on
Saturday in Austin, as the senior standout cruised to personal bests en
route to earning two spots on the medals stand.
"It felt really amazing," said LeNeave. I'm glad I finished out the season that way."
LeNeave, who had the low time in Friday's 200 freestyle prelims, swam
to a second-place finish in the event in a time of 1:39.97, just behind
former The Woodlands Swim Team swimmer Maverick Smalley of Austin
Bowie, who won in 1:38.96. In the 500 freestyle, LeNeave had
another tremendous swim, finishing with the bronze in 4:31.91, just
behind Plano East's MacKenzie LeBlanc (4:29.43) and Southlake Carroll's
Wil Singley (4:30.23). Both of LeNeave's times were automatic All-American cuts, making him a seven-time High School All-American.
"I could tell in the 200 freestyle I was swimming well because I won
the prelims, beating Maverick Smalley, whose been the top guy for a
while now," said LeNeave. "In the 500 prelims I was a good two body
lengths ahead of everyone. I knew I would have a best time." The
times for LeNeave have qualified him to compete in the Senior
Nationals, which will take place at the end of the month in Seattle,
Washington. At that meet, LeNeave will be making an attempt at Olympic
Trial qualifying times. "I'm really excited to get the chance to
compete at that level," he said. "If I want to really succeed in
getting closer to possibly making the Olympic team, I need that
national exposure. I would be competing against the elite swimmers in
the United States. "My swim coach for the (non-school) The Woodlands Swim Team, Tim Bauer, thinks I have a pretty good chance of finaling there."
LeNeave is still undecided on where he will be competing collegiately.
He has scholarship offers from numerous schools, and has narrowed it
down to Texas A&M, the University of Louisville, the University of
Virginia and the University of Kentucky. LeNeave has made visits to
Texas A&M and Louisville and will be making trips to Virginia and
Kentucky before making his decision official on April 12. LeNeave
said all the success he has had in the pool has been made possible by
several people, including Bauer and Conroe High School head coach Steve
Montgomery, as well as his Sean's parents, John and Sally. "I'd
really like to thank Coach Montgomery and Coach Bauer," said LeNeave.
"And I'd like to thank my parents. I want to thank them all for their
support and help."