Friendswood girls place fourth at state swim meet


Friendswood Lady Mustangs

When the Friendswood girl's 400-yard relay team got ready for the final event, they found themselves only 16 points out of first place. The top four teams -- Lubbock (152), Magnolia (143), Austin Johnson (137) and Friendswood (136) all had relay teams in the final event of the state swim meet. With 40 points for first place -- any team could possibly pull out the state championship.

As it turned out, Austin Johnson finished first (40) followed by Lubbock (34), Friendswood (32), and Montgomery (30). Magnolia finish fifth for 28 points.

When the final points were tallied, Lubbock won the team state title with 186 points followed by Austin Johnson (177), Magnolia (171), and Friendswood (168). This was the second best finish in the history of the Friendswood girls swim team.

The Lady Mustangs started the meet by setting a new Class 5A record in the 200-yard Medley Relay. The team of Lezli Sisung, Peyton Becker, Olivia Theall and Abigail Nelson set the record with a time of 1:45.21. The previous mark was held by Frisco with a time of 1:45.75 in 2017.

The next gold medal the Lady Mustangs would win would be courtesy of senior Olivia Theall who won the 100-yard Butterfly in 54.04 and teammate junior Lezli Sisung captured the third place bronze medal in 55.05.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Sisung, Nelson, Leah Givens and Theall placed third for the bronze medal with a time of 3:30.49.

Theall also won a bronze medal in the 200-yard IM with a time of 2:05.45.

Additional B finalist finishes at the meet came from Leah Givens who finished in 14th place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:56.98 and freshman Peyton Becker in the breaststroke with a 16th place finish and a time of 1:09.48.

The 200-yard freestyle relay the team of Peyton Becker, Bella Allen, Abigail Nelson and Leah Givens placed seventh with a time of 1:40.24 .

Friendswood Mustangs

The Friendswood boys also gave a good effort by scoring 48 points with 20 of those points coming on the effort of senior Max Hardt who won the 100-yard Breaststroke with a time of 55.69. Hardt was only two one-hundredths of a second from tying the 5A state mark of 55.67.

Hardt also placed second for the silver medal in the 200-yard IM with a time of 1.50:26.

Gabe Costa placed eighth in the boys diving with a total point score of 360.85.

Friendswood finished 18th in the state with 48 points. Humble Kingwood Park won the boys state title with 215 points. They were followed by Frisco Wakeland (156), San Antonio Alamo Heights (147), and Austin Johnson (131.5).