Kaitlynn Sims has already made a big name for herself locally.
The 2019 graduate of Montgomery High School achieved so much in the pool, especially in her senior season when the Lady Bears won the UIL Class 5A state title in February as Sims won Swimmer of the Meet at Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin.
Sims won an individual gold in the 500 freestyle (setting the state mark at 4:39.73) and a silver medal in the 200 freestyle. She then added two more golds as a part of the 400 freestyle relay and the 200 individual medley relay.
A month later, Sims was recognized by the Houston Chronicle as the girls All-Greater Houston Swimmer of the Year.
Now-a-days, Sims is dominating in the pool at the University of Michigan.
As a freshman with the Wolverines, Sims is already a two-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Week honoree. When Sims was honored on Dec. 11, it was for an outstanding Minnesota Invitational where she surpassed the NCAA ‘A’ cut in the 1,650-yard freestyle.
Currently, Sims ranks third in the NCAA in the 1,650-yard freestyle at 15:51.06. Sims also has the 11th fastest 500 freestyle time of 4:38.73 in the NCAA. Both of those times were logged at the Minnesota Invite.
Michigan, which is ranked No. 5 in the country, recently beat No. 15-ranked Indiana last Saturday. Sims won the 500 freestyle in 4:46.07 and 1,000 freestyle in 9:45.52.
Joy Field (Magnolia) recently finished third in a race for No. 19-ranked Texas A&M in an SEC meet loss at No. 8 Georgia last Saturday. Field swam her top time of her junior season thus far at 10:04.25 in the 1,000 freestyle. The former Lady Bulldog was fifth in the 500 freestyle at 4:57.42 at the meet.
Zoe Gawronska (The Woodlands) swam a personal best 10:10.55 in the 1,000 freestyle for Auburn in a dual meet against Georgia Tech this past Saturday. The freshman also took third in the 200 backstroke in 2:03.25.
Freshman Nathaniel Hickman-Chow (The Woodlands) swam to a sixth place finish for Yale in the 1,000 freestyle against Dartmouth and Penn this past Saturday. Hickman-Chow’s time in the race was 9:48.21. His fastest time this season came back in November at the Ohio State Invitational when he finished 9:31.34.
Jevon Burton (Porter) continues to have a fine sophomore season for Howard College as he is averaging 7.6 points per game. Burton came off the bench earlier in the season but has started 10 straight games. Seven out of his last eight games, he has reached double figures scoring, including 10 points in a win over Odessa College on Jan. 13.
Hardin-Simmons sophomore Trey Wooldridge (Splendora) is averaging 7.2 points, 5.8 rebounds (second on the team) and leads the team in blocks at 2.1 per game. Wooldridge scored 13 points and shot 67 percent from the floor (6 of 9) in the team’s most recent game against Howard Payne on Saturday.
Emma Warnsman (The Woodlands) has appeared in all 14 games off the bench for UT-Dallas during her sophomore season so far. Warnsman has totaled 26 points while grabbing 18 rebounds in 114 minutes played.
In 13 games (11 starts), Katie Dalton (Magnolia) is averaging 7.2 points and 4.1 rebounds for Western Colorado. Dalton leads the team in blocks with 11. Her season high of 16 points came back in December against Colorado School of Mines.