Shelby Travis has already broken a Victoria West record and she has her eyes set on another.
Travis set the mark in the 200-yard freestyle in his first competition of the season and won the event in a triple encounter with Victoria East and El Campo on Tuesday at the Victoria Aquatics Center.
“I want to break records and improve myself,” said Travis, a sophomore. “I did doubles and with each practice I push myself harder to go faster.”
Shelby Travis, a sophomore from Victoria West, broke the school record in the 200-meter freestyle in her first competition this season. Travis won the event on Tuesday at the VISD Aquatics Center. pic.twitter.com/55ASiT8ufT
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Travis clocked a time of 2 minutes and 6.65 seconds in a triple encounter against East and Tuloso-Midway, which improved the previous record of 2: 06.79 set by Vivian Shepherd.
“The first 50 (yards) I’m going moderate and the rest I’m sprinting,” Travis said. “The third and fourth, I try to go fast, fast. The most important thing is to keep a good pace, not to give up and really push yourself. “
Travis also hopes to break the school’s 100-yard backstroke record, but leaves no doubt which event she prefers.
“The 200,” she said. “Without a doubt.”
Jackson Quimby was hoping to participate in two extracurricular activities when he started his freshman year at Victoria West.
“I wanted to swim and do theater and those are the two things I really wanted to do,” Quimby said. “I am really lucky to have had them.”
Quimby clinched a gold medal in 200 medley yards in Tuesday’s Habs competition in a time of 2: 37.50.
“I’m still doing backstroke and figured out I could do butterfly really well,” said Quimby, who has been in the summer swimming league for six years. This is what you want. You want two good shots and one that you’re not so good at and one that you can do well so you can get away with it. “
Quimby also swims the 100 backstroke and hopes to get his name on the record board before he graduates.
“I want to make sure I’m doing my best,” he said. “Before I leave high school, there’s a record up there (100 backs) that I want to make sure I have.”
Back in the water
El Campo sophomore Juliann Little broke her kneecap while playing softball last spring.
But Little was back in the pool in less than a month and she didn’t let the injury stop her from improving her times.
“I think I’m going to get a lot faster over the season,” Little said. “But at first my times are pretty good.”
Little won the 50-yard freestyle (26.52) and 100 butterfly yards (1: 08.94) and swam one leg on the Beetle relays winning the 200 IM and 200 freestyle.
“I want to get less than a minute for my 100 free and up to 25 for my 50 free,” she said. “I want to go below 1:05 for the 100 backstroke or the 100 butterfly. I want to have it declared at least within my last year. “