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Marble Falls and Burnet youth swimmers compete at Summer Games

Hannah Chandler competes in the 100-yard individual medley.


COLLEGE STATION — Six members of the Marble Falls Tsunami and Burnet Waterdawgs youth swim teams competed at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Summer Games on July 31-Aug. 1.

In the girls 9- and 10-year old division, Hannah Chandler was ninth in the 25-yard freestyle and 19th in the 100-yard individual medley. Brynlie Tappe finished 25th in the final of 100-yard individual medley.

“These two girls have become great competitors and friends throughout this summer season,” Tsunami coach Kate VanBenthuysen said.

In the girls 8-and-under division, Tess Chandler, Hannah’s sister, was 24th in the 25-yard backstroke and dropped some of her time.

“It was so wonderful to see Hannah and Tess supporting and pushing each other to do their best at the summer games just as they do every day in practice and at local meets,” the coach said.

In the boys 6-and-under division, Tsunami member Will Slyker placed 10th in the 25-yard freestyle and 18th in the 25-yard backstroke. This is the second time Slyker competed at the state meet, and he dropped his time in both events, VanBenthuysen said.

Hannah Chandler competes in the 100-yard individual medley.
Hannah Chandler competes in the 100-yard individual medley.

In the boys 8-and-under division, Max Jones placed 17th in the 50-yard freestyle and 14th in the 25-yard butterfly. He also competed in the 100-yard individual medley.

“These boys did a great job at the Summer Games,” VanBenthuysen said. “We are so proud of them and can’t wait for them to continue swimming year-round with Tex’s Waves and hopefully qualify for the TAAF Winter Games.”

In the boys 13- and 14-year-old division, Tristan Johnson was 30th in the 100-yard freestyle.

“Tristan had a great swim … in a very tough age division,” VanBenthuysen said. “He really improved on his start and flip turns like we had been practicing at our home pool.”

Most of the races drew at least 30 swimmers.