Midway senior Neil Wachtler will start his quest for a medal Friday, when the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships get underway at the University of Texas in Austin.

Wachtler will compete in the 100-yard backstroke. He enters with the third-fastest time among Class 6A call-ups for the race. He timed 50.89 seconds at regionals and owns a low of 50.10.

Wachtler is the first Midway swimmer to reach state since the school moved to Class 6A.

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