San Antonio-What the Men’s Seastangs lack in numbers, they make up for in grit and sheer determination. They also have some good ability too. The Seastangs in their third year as a program finished 8th with a total of 56 points. Only 12 points separated 5th and 8th place.
Senior Phillip Williams, a qualifier in four events, took center stage for the Seastangs. He captured his first gold medal with a new personal best in the 50 Free with a 22.2. Later, he took third in the 100 Back with a time of 59.8. That time was almost 2.5 seconds better than his previous best.
The men’s team also sent two relay teams to the State Meet. Both relay teams consisted of Justin Tilt, Luke Luke Terry, Benjamin Ghawi, and Williams.
In the 200 IM Relay, the Seastangs took home 7th place, after besting their personal best time by over 3 seconds, with a 2:00.02.
Later in the day, the 200 Free Relay received the bronze, with a 3rd place finish. The boys shaved over a second off their time which helped propel them into third place.
Sophomore Benjamin Ghawi placed 13th in the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.
Justin Tilt placed 13th in the 200 Free with a time of 1:00.62, a new personal best.
Phillip Williams, the lone senior on the team, has been a three year medal winner at the State Meet for the past three years-since the Seastangs formed in 2014. Williams, who balances time in the pool with time on the basketball court during the winter sports season, will graduate in May. Williams, took the Bronze in the 50 Free in 2015, the Silver in 2016, before finally earning the gold in 2017.
With the boys and girls scores combined, Lutheran High placed third overall in combined points, scoring 170 for the State Meet.