Two Dutch swimmers advanced to the championship round at the regional meet in Houston this week. Dutch swimmer Eloy Vega qualified for two events while his freshman brother Franco Vega qualified for one.
Although neither were able to hit their stake in Austin for the state meet, swim coach Roxanne Lyda is proud of her team’s efforts.
Eloy Vega nearly qualified for state by finishing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle. The top two head to the regional finals.
Eloy Vega finished with a time of 1:46.51. He also placed sixth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.3 seconds.
Franco Vega qualified for the regional final in the 500 yard freestyle. He finished eighth with a time of 5:00.96.
“They did their best and gave it their all,” Lyda said. “I know some team members might be disappointed with the rankings, but I’m proud of every swimmer. They have worked incredibly hard over the past six months. They show up early and stay late in the afternoon. We’ll just keep working and look forward to next year.
Netherlands sporting director Monte Barrow knows how hard the team has worked.
“These kids get up at five in the morning to practice before school,” Barrow said. “They worked a lot. Those who can’t swim think it’s like splashing around in a pool. It’s a lot of hard work and training. I’m super proud of our kids and our coaches.
Lyda said Eloy Vega has been a great role model for other swimmers during his time with the program.
“He was an extremely positive influence,” Lyda said. “He helped with training and made sure they worked harder. They met on the weekends and practiced, so he had a strong influence on the whole team.
While Eloy will be graduating at the end of the school year, Lyda said she’s excited to see how far Franco progresses after coming closer to the state in his freshman season.