Plano West Swim Glides to State


Many Plano West swimmers qualified for state at the past regional swim meet. 

Theo Chen (Relays, 100 Fly), Watson Nguyen (Relays, 100 Breast), Jose Romero (Relays, 50 Free, 100 Fly), Kai Joshi (Relays, 50 Free), Megan Appel (500 Free) will all be competing at the state competition. 

In the 2022 qualifying regional meet, Josemaria Romero brings in a 49.72 in the 100 fly, with Watson Nguyen coming in at 55.42 with the 100 breast. Nguyen and Romero team up with Theodore Chen and Kai Joshi for the 200-yard medley relay finishing four seconds ahead of the pack clocking a 1:30.86. 

The road to state certainly wasn’t an easy one; senior Kai Joshi reflected on the work the team put in to reach this point. 

“We really worked on technique and worked a lot on our relay. The state team also worked outside of swim to improve enough to qualify for state,” said Josh.

These swimmers had to be the top 6 finishers in district competitions to move to the regional competition. The top 2 finishers at regionals move on to the state competition, held at UT Austin on February 19-20th, with prelims on Friday and finals on Saturday.

For Joshi, this season was one full of improvement. 

“[The season] started out really slow, but I gradually got back to my last year’s fastest times,” he said.

The whole Plano West swim team accompanied Josh in having a successful season marked with improvement, with the boys team eking it out to the top three in the region. In the current Region II-6A Swimming and Diving Championships standings, the Plano West boys team stands at 2nd place with 2019 points, behind Southlake Carroll, with the girls team standing at 8th place with 115 points. 

For Joshi, competing at regionals was the highlight of this year’s swim season. 

“Regionals stands out the most because we made it to state, and the team was so hype,” said Joshi.

The top 2 finishers automatically qualify for state, plus the next eight fastest regional times, so Plano west will be joined by Southlake Carrol at state. The Plano West boys team sends athletes in five different events. 

Competing at state is certainly a daunting challenge, but Josh hopes to end the season on a high note. 

“This is our last meet, so we have to go all out. There’s no excuse to not try as hard as you can,” said Joshi.

As the team prepares for state, West swim coaches have given their athletes simple but enduring advice.

“‘Don’t mess up’ is what our coaches told us,” said Joshi.

Win or lose at the end of the day, being part of the west team has certainly taught Joshi valuable lessons he will carry with him for the rest of his life. 

“Working hard outside of the given parameters will let you improve beyond the norm,” said Joshi.

As the next generation of west swimmers eyes swimming at state competitions, Josh stresses the importance of personal responsibility. 

“You gotta work outside of practice to improve,” said Joshi.

You can keep up with Plano west swim @pwshswim on Instagram.