We hosted a meet last evening with permission of the school. It was just our 11 boys who were scheduled to represent us at the State Meet this weekend. We had about 50 people in attendance with a few alumni, families of the swimmers and our officials jill Hargrove and Brad Susterka. It was not quite the same obviously, but a good chance for many of the boys to have some closure to the situation, and a chance to finish with some great swims.
Zach Heikka and Ben Stafford kicked us off with a 50 backstroke time trial and both recorded lifetime bests.
Our Medley Relay of Evan Kolar, Andy Dobrzanski, Kaden Baker and Yosue Gonzalez recorded the 2nd fastest time in School history with their time of 1:37.41. This same group was 1:39 last year and and All State.
The 200 Free saw Jared Mercieca and Noah Salhaney battle for the win, with Jared coming out on top and both recorded best times. Carson parris joined the race as well, and also recorded a lifetime best, going faster than he did last week at our SMISL invitational.
The 200 IM was amazing. Andy Dobrzanski crushed his own school and pool records to take the win and recorded a time of 1:52.17. Evan Kolar dropped tons and recorded a time of 1:58.54 which most likely would have placed him in the top 8 at the State Meet and puts him at #4 All Time in Milan History. Max Halliday also recorded a lifetime best of 2:06.19 and completed an incredible year for his IM, as we was in the 216 range last season.
The 50 was taken by Yosue Gonzalez in 22.46, followed by Nathan ley in 23.70, Zach Heikka in 24.14, and Ben Stafford in 24.72.
The next event we swam was the 100 Free. Jared Merceica and Kaden Baker each recorded best times and battled it out with Jared taking the win. carson Parris and Nathan Ley also swam the event and had great swims.
The 200 Free Relay recorded our fastest time of the season. The relay was all seniors and was composed on Kaden Baker, Jared Mercieca, Yosue Gonzalez and Evan Kolar.
In the 100 Back, Zachary Heikka swam a 56.39 to take the event and move to #8 All Time, while Ben Stafford was right behind and recorded a best time of 57.46. Both had tremendous seasons.
The 100 Breast was another incredible event. Max Halliday recorded a 1:04.00 and best time to finish his career, while Evan Kolar was 58.99 which moves him to #4 All Time and more importantly to him, he beat me on the all time list for the event. Yosue Gonzalez was 1:01.79 and was a beautiful swim for him. Andy Dobrzanski dropped 1.5 seconds off his best time to go 56.24 and break our Varsity Record.
The meet concluded with the 400 free Relay. The boys killed it with a 3:17.46. Mercieca, Salhaney, Baker and Dobrzanski were incredible and swam excellent.
The meet was the final meet for our 7 seniors.
These boys will leave a lasting impression on our program for years. They were a talented group, but also very strong students and leaders. They will be missed, but we are happy they were able to go out with one last event to honor their hard work and see them leave on their terms.
Thanks to everyone for all the incredible coverage and support of our program all season. The pictures are of the boys before they got in for warm up, and a few of the seniors who staged a bit of a sit in afterwards. They did not want to leave, knowing it would be the last time.
(Recap by Coach Heikka)