Estraca wins regional diving title; Button Diving Coach of the Year

Stephen Estraca won men’s diving and named Best Male Athlete at regional championships last Friday.

   BCHS’s Stephen Estraca won the Men’s Diving Region VII-5A Championship last Friday in Rosenberg at the Lamar CISD Natatorium.  
   He has qualified for the State Championship Meet Feb. 9-10 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin.  
   Estraca was also named the Region Meet’s Best Male Athlete. 
   BCHS Swim and Dive Team Head Coach Bob Button was recognized as the Region Meet Diving Coach of the Year. 
   Additionally, BCHS team member Zane Havel placed fourth in men’s diving, and is the Region’s alternate to State. 
   BCHS swimmers who advanced out of prelims into finals were:
Boys 200 Medley Relay – Clay Allison, Stephen Estraca, Zane Havel, Jordan Wright
Girls 200 Medley Relay – Sarah Attaway, Faith Vargas, Brooke Richards, Glory Vargas
Girls 200 Free – Faith Vargas
Girls 200 Individual Medley – Sarah Attaway
Girls 500 Free – Hannah Sliva
Girls 200 Free Relay – Faith Vargas, Glory Vargas, Sarah Attaway, Hannah Sliva
Girls 100 Breaststroke – Hannah Sliva
Girls 500 Free Relay – Faith Vargas, Glory Vargas, Sarah Attaway, Hannah Sliva
Boys 400 Free Relay – Stephen Estraca, Jordan Wright, Clay Allison, Zane Havel
   “We had a couple of DQ’s early in prelims, but the kids came back very strong for the rest of prelims and carried that momentum into Saturday for a great finals session,” said Button. 
   “We’re very proud of this group. They have come a long way this year. They’re buying into the culture. We work hard and support one another. 
   “They’ve got the program moving in the right direction. 
   “This will be our school’s first appearance at the state swim/dive meet since 2008,” the coach added. 
   “In their first-ever trip to region diving competition, Stephen and Zane both had a great meet,” said assistant coach Ashley Hagg. 
   “They’ve been working on adding new dives to their lists and bringing up their degree of difficulty. 
   “I’m very proud of the success these divers had while working hard outdoors during this cold winter,” she added. 
   In 2015, the BCHS swim/dive program did not compete in the post-season, Hagg noted. 
   Hagg: “Here are our point totals (girls & boys combined) in recent region meets: 
   2015 - 0 
   2016 - 8 
   2017 - 42 
   2018 - 98

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