The boys’ swim team had a phenomenal start to their Sectional last night in the preliminary round of competition. The meet started with a new school record in the 200 Medley Relay, set by Zach Rayce, Tyler Neumann, Tayler Arnold and Zane Crosby. The time of 1:47.55 places them firmly in the top 8 headed into the finals on Saturday and created a lot of momentum for the rest of the team.
The meet carried on with lifetime bests from freshmen Averie Fields and Ron Hattenbach in the 200 free with Hattenbach dropping another 18 seconds from his seed time in the 500 freestyle later in the evening. Personal bests also came in the 200 IM from Hunter Fields, Nick Chambers and Justin Marcum. Even in the shortest race of the meet, the Eagles dropped time as Tayler Arnold, Zane Crosby and Wyatt Nees competed in the 50 Free. Arnold and Crosby will return to the top 8 on Saturday and are both within striking distance of the school record!
The second school record fell in the 100 Fly, when Arnold dropped another 1.5+ seconds to better his own. That swim seeds him third headed into the finals, the highest seed for the Eagle swimmers. Also swimming lifetime bests in the 100 Fly were Rayce and Nees; Rayce will return to the top 16 consolation finals on Saturday.
The 100 free saw personal bests for Crosby, Scott Duggan, and Han-Nuri Kim; Crosby will swim again on Saturday in the consolation finals for that event. Another top 8 finish for the night came when Rayce, Nees and Arnold joined Crosby for the 200 Free Relay; they are seeded 5th for the finals.
The backstroke and breaststroke events also drew lifetime bests for Rayce, Chambers, Neumann, and H. Fields. Rayce will swim in the consolation finals for backstroke and Neumann will swim in the consolation finals for breaststroke.
Come out to Avon High School on Saturday to support the swimmers and see the second day of competition as the Sectional Finals wrap up! Diving preliminary rounds begin at 9am, with the swimming and diving finals beginning at 1pm!
By: Coach Kendall