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Magnolia Girls Place 3rd at 2021-2022 Regional Meet, Send Five Swimmers to State

The Bulldogs competed in the Region 6-5A Championship this week and both men and women ended the meet with 3rd place team results.

The Lady Bulldogs started the day off combining Sarah Culberson, Claire Culberson, Summer Reinecke and Emma Huma in the 200 Medley Relay to take 1st place. Their time of 1:49.48 placed them at the top of the podium and earned them their first qualifying event for the state meet.

Summer Reinecke put up team points swimming the 100 Breast in the A final and finishing 8th with a 1:12.56. She will make her first trip to the state meet swimming on the 200 Medley Relay. Reinecke also joined with Megan Rubio, Brooke Reinecke, and Isabelle Draeger for another top eight finish in the 200 Free Relay earning 7th place.

Freshman Emma Huma swam the 200 Free (1:56.06) to 5th place finish and also had a strong showing in the 500 Free (5:11.87) where she received 4th place. Huma finished strong enough in both races to earn call ups and will be heading to state as a freshman in both individual events and relays.

Sarah Culberson swam the 200 IM as her first individual event of day and took the gold with a 2:06.56. She had a strong showing in the 100 Back (57.04) earning second place, a personal best and breaking her own school record of a 57.93 from the year prior. Currently a junior, Culberson will return to state for the third time.

Claire Culberson will also be returning to the state meet for the third time. Culberson swam the 50 Free to a time of 5:05.30 clocking a 3rd place finish, a personal best and the first call up in the event. She then returned to the pool and won the 100 Breast with a 1:06.32, also a personal best.

Megan Rubio, a sophomore, did her job helping out the team by swimming to an 8th place finish in the 100 Back (1:03.17). She earned her first trip to state by swimming a best split on the 400 Free Relay. Rubio combined with Emma Huma, Claire Culberson and Sarah Culberson to silver medal the event in an incredibly strong region with 1st through 3rd place being less than one second apart at the finish.

Diver Sam Jones, a sophomore, was the sole diving representative for the girl’s team. She came in 4th with 305.75 points narrowly missing the podium.

State Qualifiers

Claire Culberson- 500 Free & 100 Breast
Sarah Culberson- 200 IM & 100 Back
Emma Huma- 200 & 500 Free
Summer Reinecke- Relay
Megan Rubio- Relay

The 5A Texas State Meet will be held in Austin at the University of Texas February 18-19.

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