The final meet of the Class 1A State Series, the State Championship, has come and gone. We all were anxiously awaiting all season to see who would come out on top in each event. Here is an overview of each event from the men’s side, and a few leading swimmers.
200 Medley Relay
Bolles was dominant at night. Saint Andrews was first seed from the morning but untouched by Bolles at night by a fourth of a second. Bolles seeded third from the morning but dropping 2 seconds at night, going 1:33.43, lead them to claim the state champion title. Right behind Saint Andrews, Berkeley Prep taking third with a 1:34.71.
Boys 200 free was dominated by junior Luke Uttley. Placing himself for consideration for all American in the morning already, going 1:39.08. Dropping almost two seconds at night, lead him to automatic all American and state champion in the time of 1:37.86. Senior Tomas Piza followed him with a 1:39.70, and Trevor McGovern earning third in a 1:40.01.
Boys 200 IM Finals
Another staked event, not just the girls but also the boys 200 IM. Paul DeGrado seeded first from the morning session in a 1:50.96, holding his seed and whining at night with a 1:49.59, also earning an automatic All-American. This event had many of the upcoming underclassman place high including freshman Joshua Zuckowski who finished second with a 1:50.21. And third place finish was taken by Jace Crawford in the time of 1:51.56.
The 50 free is always one of the closest races, this year was no different. As top six all went under 21, it was an incredibly fast final. Sterling Crane taking the win going 20.32, and Jan Collazo Torres taking a close second in a 20.38, both earned automatic All-American. Not far behind, Matthew Dieffenthaller in a 20.64 took third.
Leaving prelims, it seemed fairly certain that Crane of Episcopal would be our state champion in the 100 fly, but second and third place was still going to be a very close race. In finals, we saw Crane drop even more time finishing almost 2 seconds ahead of his second place competitor with a time of 47.76. In second we found Nick Rogers with a time of
49.18. Third was Joshua Balbi, who really excelled in finals, going from being seeded 5th, to winning the bronze in the 100 fly.
The boys 100 free was one to watch this year at states. Uttley is our state champion, winning with a time of 44.87, closely followed by Dieffenthaller and Torres. Uttley being only a junior at Trinity Prep, is going to be one to watch next year in his senior season.
The boys 500 free was a surprisingly close race, not something you usually see with a longer race. Caleb Kravitz won the title with an amazing race. Kravitz has incredible endurance, showcased by all of his splits being almost exactly the same from the 100 to the 450. Kravitz won the event with a time of 4:29.27. He was very closely followed by Brendan Peacock who came in second with a time over 4:29.41, only 0.14 seconds behind Kravitz. Third went to Crawford who also came in with a very similar time 4:30.00.
200 Free Relay
The boys 200 free relay was just as exciting to watch as the girls, but not quite as close. Taking first place was Berkeley Prep School over a second ahead with a time of 1:23.64. Berkeley Prep holding all under 21.6. Saint Andrew’s came in second with a time of 1:24.64. Followed by Bolles who came in with a time of 1:25.02.
Boys 100 Back
The boys 100 back was one of the most eventful swims of the meet. With freshman Zuckowski taking the win in the morning and at night with an automatic All-American in the time of 49.20. Zuckowski will definitely be one to keep an eye on throughout his high school career. Closely following, McGovern taking second with a 49.56, and finishing third Balbi in a 50.05.
The 100 breast was dominated by the Bolles guys as they finished 1,2,4,and 7 at finals. In Prelims, DeGrado set a new state record with a 54.21! Though at finals he still took first, he added .55 and finished with a 54.76. Along with this he also qualified as an automatic All-American. Taking second was Cobi Lopez Miro with a 55.85, who also qualified as an automatic All-American. And third Ryaan Hatoum with a 57.16.
400 Free Relay
Having tied in prelims, Bolles and Episcopal looked to settle it at finals. Though at finals Episcopal came just short of beating Bolles. As Bolles finished with a time of 3:05.41. Bolles men all holding 46 lows throughout their relay. Episcopal right behind them in second at a 3:06.16. Finishing third was Saint Andrews with a 3:06.75.
Overall Team Scores
Bolles showing dominace, capturing their 31st consecutive state title. Bolles won with a leading 373 points. Episcopal won runnerup with 221. Third went to Saint Andrews close behind with 216 points.
Great job everyone!
By Jojo Richter, Brooke Powell and Jacob Pishko