Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
SUGAR LAND, Texas —
A season of challenges, accomplishments and success came to its conclusion this past weekend for two area swim teams.
The Vidor Pirates and Little Cypress-Mauriceville Bears swim teams traveled to the Don Cook Natatorium of the Fort Bend Independent School District in Sugar Land this past Friday and Saturday for the UIL Region 6 - 4A Championship Swim Meet as the two teams competed in their final competition of the year.
A weekend of big expectations for the Pirates swim team fell short for a myriad of reasons, but the boys team still managed to build on its most successful year ever. The boys relay team of Spencer Schreck, Damian Mann, Hunter Heidleberg and Eddie Dyess reached the podium on Saturday with a seventh place finish in the 200 yard freestyle relay in a time of 1:49.59. This is the first time any member or relay of the boys team has placed in the top eight since 2004.
Hannah Odom of the Lady Pirates had the highest individual finish of the meet for either Vidor or LC-M as she placed ninth in the Girls 100 yard butterfly in 1:08.37. In the girls 200 yard freestyle, Vidor’s Carly Bessire placed 10th in 2:17.98 while, in the boys bracket, Pirates swimmer Hunter Heidleberg finished in 15th place in 2:30.29. Teammates Hunter Porter placed 21st in 3:11.63 and Jaymes Withrow was 22nd with a time of 3:19.44.
In the boys 200 yard individual medley, Eddie Dyess of Vidor added a 13th place finish to the team total with a time of 2:37.18.
The LC-M Lady Bears traveled to Sugar Land as well and made a commendable showing. Ivy Casteel of LC-M placed 12th in the girls 50 yard freestyle on Saturday with a time of 28.14 seconds, while teammate Sierra Clark finished 20th in 35.54 seconds.
Hunter Heidleberg, one of several freshmen on the Pirates swim team, placed 14th in the boys 100 yard butterfly with a time of 1:08.96.
In the girls 100 yard freestyle, LC-M Ivy Casteel led the way with an 11th place finish in 1:03.41, while Hannah Odom of Vidor placed 14th in 1:05.07 approximately five minutes after swimming in the girls 100 yard butterfly. Sierra Clark of LC-M finished 20th in 1:18.04 and Cullen Wilgers of Vidor finished 21st with a time of 1:18.88.
In the boys 100 yard freestyle, Vidor’s Damien Kirkland used his best time since December, 56.75 seconds, to power his way to a 14th place finish.
Savannah Shepherd of LC-M finished in 12th place in the girls 500 yard freestyle with a time of 6:48.10, while, Jaymes Withrow of Vidor finished in 16th place in the boys bracket with a time of 9:10.79.
Bessire of Vidor added a 14th place finish in the girls 100 yard backstroke with a time of 1:12.20, while, in the boys bracket, Peter Thorne of Vidor finished 21st in 1:42.11 and teammate Hunter Porter placed 22nd in 1:44.33.
In the girls 100 yard breaststroke, Sheppard of LC-M used a time of 1:24.84 to place 12th. In the boys bracket, Eddie Dyess of Vidor finished 13th in 1:20.38.