DENTON — Denison junior Lindsay Looney took the first step towards repeating as a state swim champion after leading the area’s regional qualifiers at the District 5-5A meet at the Denton ISD Natatorium on Saturday.


Looney repeated as the district champion in the 200 individual medley and the 100 butterfly for the third straight year and was named the Female Swimmer of the Meet. She was also part of the 200 medley relay with Brooke Finch, Brinley Finch and Emmaline Hill that set a school record and placed fourth to advance.


Brooks Finch also qualified as an individual with a bronze in the 200 freestyle and a sixth-place finish in 100 freestyle.


James Unerfusser advanced with a sixth-place finish in the 200 individual medley.


Sherman’s effort was led by Bella Maldonaldo, who qualified for regionals in a pair of individual events and two relays.


She was second in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 individual medley.


Maldonaldo joined Christina Wakeland, Grace Deffibaugh, Brenna Michaelsen on the 200 medley relay and Wakeland, Michaelsen and Grace Quick on the 200 free relay as both placed fifth.


Wakeland was on the qualifying 400 free relay with Deffibaugh, Quick and Leslie Cornejo.


The Bearcat quartet of Aldo Cornejo, Sam Aguilar, Dylan Schull and Michael Gajda qualified in the 200 free relay and 400 free relay.


The Class 5A Region I meet will be at the Pete Ragus Aquatic Center in Lubbock on Feb. 2-3 with the top two finishers automatically qualifying for the state meet on Feb. 16-17 at the University of Texas.


Prosper claimed both team titles. The Denison girls were fourth in the standings while the Sherman girls were sixth. The Sherman boys were sixth as a team while Denison was ninth.