Wonna Know S’more ’bout Lee Swimming?

Girls Team Captain Denise Mangaoang Flies

Girls Team Captain Denise Mangaoang Flies

Way back in the 1970s to 1990s, Lee High School swimming used to be an A League team.  A and B League teams would be the best teams due to the large size of the teams, and the higher ability of the swimmers.  As for smaller teams with lower abilities, some teams would be in the C and D Leagues. 

Denise Mangaoang Dives

Denise Mangaoang Dives

Over time, there was a lack of stability in continuous coaching as there would be a new coach every one to three years, with no consistent program.  With inconsistant changes in the overall program, there was a gradual decrease in swimmers participating in Club Swimming off-season, and soon the Lee Swim Team eventually became a D League team. 

“I am not sure how long it has been on the bottom, but has been a LONG time,” Lee’s Head Swim Coach, Coach Stacy Ivey said. 

Freshman Daniel Schumacher Flies

Freshman Daniel Schumacher Flies

Last year when Coach Ivey was hired, Lee Vols had around 20 students participating on the swim team.  This year, the Vols team size doubled as Coach Ivey continued to build a solid program.  There were enough swimmers to divide the practices into two sessions this year; advanced swimmers swam before school from 6:30 AM to 8:15 AM, while the new beginner swimmers swam during 8th period until 5 PM. 

Nina Perez & Mercedes Escamilla

Nina Perez & Mercedes Escamilla

“I am very proud to say that we became a respectable, competitive team after a lot of hard work and dedication from the swimmers,” Coach Ivey said.  “Our team qualified 9 swimmers at Regional level this year, and defeated 5 B league teams.  Because of our performance at Regionals, we were promoted to the B League.  We skipped an entire league.” 

The Lee Vols swimmers who had qualified for regionals this year were two freshman students Jenna Alexander, and Daniel Schumacher; five sophomores Amy Wasetis, Denise Mangaoang, Scout Livingstone, Jake McMillen, and Josh McMillen; as well as the two seniors Kody Barton & Kyle Mendoza. 

Coach Ivey says a thank you to seniors Luis Badillo, Kody Barton, Mercedes Escamilla, Louis Jimenez, Ulysses Medrano,  Julian Mendez, and Kyle Mendoza for all of your hard work this year for the team.  Best of luck next year in your lives after high school. 

Jake McMillen Gets Ready To Start (on Diving Board 5)

Jake McMillen Gets Ready To Start (on Diving Board 5)

Next year, the team’s goal is to make a respectable debut competing with the B League teams.  To do that, the team would need to continue to increase in the number of swimmers participating and the level of swimmers with year-round club swimming. 

Try outs for the team will be on Saturday, April 9th at 1 PM at the Davis Natatorium, at the Blossom Athletic Center on 12002 Jones Maltsberger Road, San Antonio, TX 78216. 

To make the team, a swimmer should be able to demonstrate a 25-yard freestyle (swimming across the pool),  be able to swim under the water, and float on his/her back.  Students may be taught how to swim competative strokes, and dive off the block. 

Any students who are interested may contact Coach Stacy Ivey at sivey@neisd.net.

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