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Clayton Lynn swims toward state title
Stockdale High School senior Clayton Lynn leads the way during the 100-meter breaststroke. Lynn won the regional championship after breaking his own regional meet record and will compete in the state meet later this week. He also qualified for state in the 200-meter individual medley.
STOCKDALE -- For the second time in as many years, Clayton Lynn of Stockdale is planning a trip north to the Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Lynn, a senior at Stockdale High School, is taking another run at a state title.
He began swimming as a child with the Boys & Girls Club, but Lynn has proudly been waving the Stockdale school colors for four years now. He has been competing in UIL competition since he was a freshman, and has found increased success every year since then. Last year was Lynn’s first at the state meet, but now he is a veteran, and knows this is his last chance to fulfill his goal of a state championship.
Lynn had another great showing in the district and region, and will be competing in two events at the state meet. His specialty is the 100-meter breaststroke, and he set the regional record last year as a junior. The record fell this year, but it was Lynn who broke it, setting a new mark and leaving his legacy on the event.
In addition to the 100-meter breaststroke, Lynn will also compete in the 200-meter individual medley (I.M.) While only the first-place finishers from each region are guaranteed a trip to state, the remainder of the field is filled by times. Although Lynn finished second in the event at regionals, his time, as well as the time of the third- and fourth-place finishers, were all fast enough to get the state invite. As a side note, the top three finishers from Lynn’s region all smashed the previous regional record. The rest of the state better beware of this group.
The excitement in Stockdale is understandable, and the community is excited about Lynn’s accomplishments thus far, as well as his potential at state. The school district is also organizing a sendoff for Lynn this Thursday, Feb. 21, beginning at 1:30 p.m. He will begin his trek to Austin by way of the elementary campus, moving along the football field, around the new gym, turning by the administration office, and then driving past the junior high and high schools. He will eventually leave out past the nursing home. All students and members of the community are encouraged to participate, and to send this talented young man off with the full support of Stockdale!
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