West blows out competition to capture state championship

West blows out competition to capture state championship

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West blows out competition to capture state championship

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Not even close.

The West High boys swimming team won the state championship on Saturday in Marshalltown, and never was there a glimmer of doubt. The Trojans won the 200-yard medley relay, the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyles, and the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

West coach Rob Miecznikowski’s squad totaled 205 points. Cedar Rapids Washington placed second with 136 points, and West Des Moines Valley was third with 124. City High finished 19th with six points.

“We hit it out of the ballpark,” Miecznikowski said.

For the Little Hawks, coach Ivan Sanchez said he was pleased with his swimmers. City finished 16th in the 200 medley relay, while Andrew Parr was 12th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.47 seconds, which is a school record.

Parr also was 23rd in the 200 individual medley, and Abe Eyman-Casey finished 21st in the 100 backstroke.

“Overall, I think our day was a success,” Sanchez said. “Andrew really swam well, and I was glad to see it.”

But the afternoon belonged to West.

Aidan Keen won decisively in both the 200 and 500 freestyles, winning by more than four seconds in the 500. Mark McGlaughlin paced the pool in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and both Keen and McGlaughlin earned victories in relays, winning four events each. For those accolades, Keen and McGlaughlin were named co-Athletes of the Year. The duo is two of just six swimmers to ever win four events in state meet history.

Oliver Martin placed third in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 50 freestyle, Will Scott was seventh in the 100 freestyle and 10th in the 50 freestyle, Matt Anderson was seventh in the 100 backstroke and ninth in the 200 individual medley, and Carson Miller finished 12th in the 100 butterfly and 18th in the 100 breaststroke.

“Everybody stepped up,” Miecznikowski said. “We’re definitely on the right track here. It takes a long time to get going, takes time to build a program up.”

West has turned the corner. Last year, the Trojans flirted with success before ultimately finishing seventh at the state meet.

Now, they’re champions.

“I knew what our guys were capable of doing,” Miecznikowski said. “All of them controlled their respective races and did the job. I wasn’t surprised. They pulled it all together when it mattered.”

Team scores – 1. West High 205; 2. Cedar Rapids Washington 136; 3. WDM Valley 124; 4. Dubuque Hempstead 111; 5. Lewis Central 101; 6. Johnston 87; 7. Dowling Catholic 85; 8. Dubuque Senior 83; 9. Bettendorf 70; 10. Pleasant Valley 54; 11. Waukee 47; 12. Muscatine 43; 13. Ames 37; 14. Newton 24; 15. Davenport Central 22; 16. Ankeny 18; 17. Linn-Mar 17; 18. Cedar Rapids Kennedy 16; 19. City High 6; 19. Boone 6; 21. Burlington 4; 22. Waterloo West 3; 22. Davenport North 3.

Winners, area-place winners:

200 medley relay – 1. West High (Mark McGlaughlin, Matt Anderson, Carson Miller, Oliver Martin) 1:35.94; 16. City High (Abe Eyman Casey, Leo Xiao, Andrew Parr, Sam Cavanaugh) 11:41.12.

200 freestyle – 1. Aidan Keen (W) 1:40.91.

200 individual medley – 1. Alex Walton (Muscatine) 1:53.47; 9. Matt Anderson (W) 1:59.23; 23. Andrew Parr (C) 2:03.74.

50 freestyle – 1. Mark McGlaughlin (W) 20.67; 4. Oliver Martin (W) 21.62; 10. Will Scott (W) 21.94.

100 butterfly – 1. R.J. Hemmingsen (Council Bluffs Lewis Central) 47.84; 3. Oliver Martin (W) 51.85); 12. Carson Miller (W) 53.97.

100 freestyle – 1. Mark McGlaughlin (W) 45.00; 7. Will Scott (W) 48.09.

500 freestyle – 1. Aidan Keen (W) 4:37.48.

200 freestyle relay – 1. West High (Oliver Martin, Will Scott, Carson Miller, Aidan Keen) 1:25.46.

100 backstroke – 1. Alex Walton (Muscatine) 50.59; 12. Andrew Parr (C) 54.47; 21. Abe Eyman-Casey (C) 56.48.

100 breaststroke – 1. Justin Winnett (Johnston) 56.38; 7. Matt Anderson (W) 59.93; 8. Leo Xiao (C) 1:00.64; 18. Carson Miller (W) 1:01.90.

400 freestyle relay – 1. West High (Aidan Keen, Will Scott, Matt Anderson, Mark McGlaughlin) 3:08.43.

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