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Marble Falls, Burnet youth swimmers prepare for regional

JENNIFER FIERRO • STAFF WRITER MARBLE FALLS — The midway point for the Marble Falls Tsunami and Burnet Water Dawgs allowed coach Katrina VanBenthuysen to reflect on the 2015 season. The two teams have competed in three meets already with the next one hosted by the Lago Vista team at 8 a.m. July 11 at […]

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Dive in with Marble Falls and Burnet youth swim teams

Dive in with Marble Falls and Burnet youth swim teams

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The Tsunami are returning to the Marble Falls city pool. Cameron Bahr, executive director of the YMCA Greater Williamson County, announced the Marble Falls Tsunami swim team will be coached by Katrina VanBenthuysen. (more…)

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One of Ben Joosten’s clients enjoys the waters of Cozumel on a recent dive. While the Highland Lakes and Cozumel are miles apart, people can learn all they need to know in one of Joosten’s SCUBA diving classes at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond in Burnet. Joosten teaches programs for all levels of divers and leads adventure excursions. Photo courtesy of Ben Joosten

SCUBA classes at YMCA pool can take you to a new world

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — Ben Joosten wants to open a new world to you. One that could take you from watching the sea lions of La Paz in the Sea of Cortez to experiencing the vibrant life around oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Texas. And it […]

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Burnet swimmers go the extra lap for 3-year-old cancer patient

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — Soon after 3-year-old Callen Otto was diagnosed with cancer, Burnet high school and middle school swimmers decided to combine their love of the water and their affection for his family to raise money for his medical expenses. (more…)

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Burnet swimming team second at own Winter Classic

BURNET — The Burnet High School swimming team finished second in its Winter Classic on Oct. 25. Wimberley won the meet with 701 points, followed by the Water Dawgs with 404 and Columbus with 197. (more…)

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Burnet swim team ties for third at own Hoot and Holler Invitational

BURNET — The Burnet High School swimming team tied for third at its own Hoot and Holler Invitational on Oct. 11. (more…)

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Marble Falls Tsunami swimmers athletes of the year

Marble Falls Tsunami swim coach Martha Montoya (right) presents Taylor Ashbaugh the plaque for Female Athlete of the Year for the city of Marble Falls from the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation. Courtesy photos Aaron Jones is the Marble Falls Tsunami Male Athlete of the Year for the city of Marble Falls from the Texas Amateur […]

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Former Burnet coach named head of Nitro Swimming at YMCA

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — Steve Ham will be the head of Nitro Swimming’s program at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond. “Steve is excited to make this program successful,” said Nitro owner Mike Koleber. (more…)

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Marble Falls Tsunami swimmers Jessica Parsons (left) and Taylor Ashbaugh finished in the top 10 of two events at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation State Games of Texas on July 31-Aug. 3. Parsons was ninth in the 15- to 17-year-old girls 50-yard freestyle, while Ashbaugh came in fifth in the 9- and 10-year-old girls 25-yard breaststroke. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls Tsunami has two top-10 finishes at state games

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF COLLEGE STATION — The Marble Falls Tsunami swim team wrapped up the 2014 summer by sending 17 athletes to the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation State Games of Texas on July 31-Aug. 3. (more…)

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Nitro Swimming coming to YMCA of the Highland Lakes in Burnet

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET — The YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond is about to filled with Nitro. Nitro Swimming is opening a satellite location at the center, 1601 U.S. 281. It is recognized as a top-five program by USA Swimming, the governing body of the sport. (more…)

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Several Marble Falls Tsunami swimmers qualify for state meet

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF NEW BRAUNFELS — Several Marble Falls Tsunami swimmers have qualified for the state meet of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation. They finished in the top three of events at the Region 3 meet July 19 while also breaking a handful of meet records in the process. (more…)

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Marble Falls Tsunami dives into first lap on way to state

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Tsunami swim team has been preparing for the first lap of reaching the state meet. That lap is July 19 at the Region 3 meet of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Landa Park Aquatic Complex, 350 […]

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Some members of the Marble Falls Tsunami include Cameron Byrd (front row, left), Lili Biglari, Dane Bowers, Kate Looney, Kate Schmidt, Grace Looney, Dastan Biglari and Jesse Bryer; Taylor Ashbaugh (middle row, left), Hadali Craig, Anna Jones, Cassidy Looney, Elijah Todd and Jaden Jones; Jessica Parsons (back row, left), Sarah Williams, Christine Ashbaugh, Mariah Jones, Joshua Bryer and Nathan Ortiz. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Tsunami swim team gains lessons from local meet

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The Marble Falls Tsunami swim team hosted a fun meet with swimmers from Lago Vista and the Y team at the YMCA of the Highland Lakes at Galloway-Hammond of Burnet on June 21 at the city pool. (more…)

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Mustang Conditioning program designed to strengthen body and mind, coach says

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — Marble Falls High School head football coach and athletic director Matt Green has developed a Mustang Conditioning program that will launch June 9. The six-week program is designed for male and female athletes in the seventh grade and older. (more…)

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Burnet athletes recognized at end-of-year awards ceremony

BURNET — The Burnet High School athletic department celebrated the accomplishments of the Bulldogs and the Lady Dawgs during the 2013-2014 school year May 12. Coaches handed out individual team awards during the event. (more…)

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Burnet swimmer Seth Timmons wins bronze at state

AUSTIN — Burnet High School senior swimmer Seth Timmons made his final year with the Water Dogs unforgettable. At the Swimming and Diving State Meet on Feb. 22, Timmons earned a bronze medal in the 500-meter freestyle by posting a time of four minutes 33.23 seconds, which broke his own team record for the second […]

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Burnet swimmer headed to state meet; team 18th overall at regional competition

FROM STAFF REPORTS MAGNOLIA — Senior Seth Timmons qualified for the state meet as the Burnet High School swimming team finished 18th overall at the Region 5-4A swimming and diving championships Feb. 7-8. The boys squad was 16th overall. (more…)

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Burnet swim team finishes in top 10 at TISCA Invitational

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The Burnet High School Water Dogs swim team earned 320 points to finish ninth at the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Invitational on Nov. 8-9. “I am very proud of the entire team,” head coach Nancy Moore said. (more…)

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Burnet High School swimmer Seth Timmons (seated) signs his letter of intent to compete for Oakland University during a signing ceremony Nov. 14 attended by his father, Tracy (left); Burnet High School swim coach Nancy Moore; mother, Kim; and sister, Chelsea Timmons. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Burnet distance swimmer signs with Oakland University in Michigan

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF BURNET —Burnet High School senior Seth Timmons is used to the stamina it takes to swim  long distances. He rises almost every day at 4:30 a.m. for swim practice with Nitro Swimming, a select team, and attends afternoon practices for the high school’s Water Dogs team. (more…)

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Grandson of Burnet County icon dives into biography of ‘Father of Texas Swimming’

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR BURNET — Growing up at Camp Longhorn, Ross Lucksinger always knew there was something special about his grandfather, the late Tex Robertson. “There were so many stories around him,” Lucksinger said. “He was such an amazing man.” (more…)

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Marble Falls Special Olympics team members include Trevor Phillips, Andrew Phillips, Jairo Ortiz and Taylor Johnson. The athletes recently competed at the state aquatics meet at Texas A&M University in College Station. Courtesy photo

Marble Falls Special Olympians take several top-3 finishes at state aquatics meet

SPECIAL TO THE PICAYUNE COLLEGE STATION — The Marble Falls Special Olympics team recently competed in the state aquatics meet at Texas A&M University. The team picked up 10 first places. Devin Wuest, the Special Olympics coach and a life skills teacher at Marble Falls High School, said the team “did an outstanding job.” (more…)

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Burnet swim team dives into season with Hoot and Holler

FROM STAFF REPORTS BURNET — The Burnet High School swim team competed in its own Hoot and Holler Invitational swim meet Oct. 19 to begin the 2013-2014 season. RESULTS: Boys — 50 breaststroke: 4, Cameron Cardenas, 35.64; 50 freestyle: Dustin Barnett, 30.03, 13, Jackson Keltch, 40.39; 50 butterfly: 3, Evan Murchison, 30.52; 100 freestyle: 10, […]

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Marble Falls Tsunami swim team sends 19 to state

FROM STAFF REPORTS NEW BRAUNFELS — The Marble Falls Tsunami swim team is sending 19 members to the state meet of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation thanks to their finishes at the Region III meet July 13. To qualify for state, which will be in Corpus Christi on July 25, swimmers had to finish in […]

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Marble Falls Tsunami volunteer coach Josh Montoya (sitting poolside) watches the technique of the older swimmers during a recent practice. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Marble Falls Tsunami making bigger waves with more swimmers

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF MARBLE FALLS — The fifth year of the Marble Falls Tsunami swim team is highlighted by the largest number of swimmers in the history of the program. (more…)

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Burnet Middle School swimmers host meet at Galloway-Hammond

BURNET — A recent swim meet hosted by Burnet Middle School gave fans a glimpse of future Water Dogs. Swimmers competed in the same events as high school athletes. (more…)

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Faith Academy swimmer signs with McMurry University

Faith Academy senior sprint swimmer Ashlea Beckner (seated) signs her commitment to compete for McMurry University in Abilene on May 13 during a ceremony at the Marble Falls campus. Also in attendance are her parents, Lorri (standing, left) and Bobby Beckner, and sister, Jessica. Ashlea began competing as a swimmer when she was 9. “There’s […]

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