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Region VIII-6A swimming prelims a checkpoint on the road to state

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Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2019 12:05 am

When February rolls around, the best swimmers in the Rio Grande Valley separate themselves from the field.

Luis Osuna of Los Fresnos and Justin Diaz of Harlingen South set the pace, earning the top seeds during the Region VIII-6A swimming & diving prelims Friday at Margaret M. Clark Aquatic Center in Brownsville in their respective events — the 200-yard freestyle (1:48.65) and the 200 individual medley (2:01.32).

Osuna also turned in a 48.49 finish to lead the 100 freestyle field, and Brownsville Hanna’s Quinten Deysel (50.11) finished third behind qualifier James Moore of McAllen High.

Robert Waters swam nearly a half a second faster than his last outing for the Falcons in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.29, but McAllen Memorial’s Cooper Gates edged Waters in a photo finish, clocking in at 22.24. Deysel (22.67) finished fourth.

Weslaco High’s Brock Bloomquist (2:04.17) qualified in the 200 individual medley, and Daryl Wells (51.72) finished first in the 100 fly. Wells (54.67) also won the 100 backstroke, and Diaz (55.39) placed second. Waters (56.94) took third, and Brownsville Hanna’s Matthew Lovett was fourth.

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