Another month, another set of school records by the wayside for the Boone County boys’ swimming and diving team.
“It’s been a very exciting start,” coach Lance Melching said. “At our first meet in November (the Ready Or Not Relays), the same four boys broke the school’s 200 freestyle relay and the 200 medley relay. It blew me away.”
Add the 200-yard individual medley and 500 freestyle, broken by swimmer Nick Berry at last week’s Scott December Invite.
“Last year, the boys broke nine team records. That’s five records right there at our first two meets,” Melching said. “To break a record we set at the regional at our first meet is a little unexpected. But, hopefully, it’s a sign of things to come.”
Berry, a junior year-round swimmer for the elite Northern Kentucky Clippers club team, has been in on three of the new school standards. At the December Invite, where the boys’ finished fourth in the team standings, he smashed the 200 IM mark with a time of 2 minutes, 7.72 seconds while placing second. He won the 500 freestyle with a record time of 5:14.64.
At the Ready Or Not Relays, Berry swam with senior Zach Molina and sophomores Adam Persons and Robby Winterman during the record-shattering performances. The 200 freestyle relay was broken with a clocking of 1:37.81. The 200 medley relay was reset at 1:49.47. Berry holds eight school records and is the school’s all-time leading boys’ point scorer.
“It’s very surreal,” said Berry, MVP of the 2015 Boone County Championships and a four-event state qualifier. “It’s like the feeling of, wow, we’re really making progress.”
Winterman set a new standard while finishing second at the December Invite with a time of 1:01.59 in the 100 backstroke. He won the 50 freestyle.
Winterman and the boys continued their torrid starts with a pair of wins at Saturday’s Simon Kenton Sprint Meet at Scott. Winterman won both the 100 IM and 50 backstroke, helping the boys finish third among 11 teams. The girls placed sixth, giving the Rebels a runner-up combined team finish.
Winterman, Molina and Persons didn’t swim competitively until suiting up for Boone, but they have combined for 10 school records. Winterman, last year’s high-point award winner, holds four records and is the Rebels’ second all-time leading scorer. Molina holds three records. He’s third on the scoring list. Persons holds three school records.
Boys’ team depth extends to diving where Rebels sophomore Sean Courtney is a two-time boys’ state qualifier, placing 10th at last season’s regional.
Versatile eighth-grader Rachel Moscona won the December Invite girls’ 500 freestyle. Melching believes she can challenge the school record in the 50 free. It would be the first record on the girls’ side since 2008. Moscona is a threat to be the first Boone girls’ swimming state qualifier in eight years.