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Posted: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 3:00 pm

While he was exhausted from his race, Borgia junior Michael Matthews still found enough energy for an enormous smile Saturday afternoon at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

Matthews was presented with Borgia’s first-ever state swimming medal for placing eighth in the MSHSAA 100-yard butterfly finals.

“It feels good,” Matthews said soon after receiving his state medal. “It’s a lot of fun.”

Matthews said the state experience was more than he ever envisioned.

“It’s more than what I thought would happen,” Matthews said. “We have an awesome coach, Jen (Jennifer Alferman-Molitor), and she really pushed us. She pushed me a lot to get here.”

Alferman-Molitor was proud of Michael’s performance.

“The finals race was really tough, but he held his own,” Alferman-Molitor said. “He accomplished his goal of ending in the top eight this season.”

Matthews recorded a time of 53.94 to finish eighth in the championship race. MSHSAA runs boys swimming as a one-classification sport, meaning that all schools, from the biggest to smallest, swim in one competition.

In the final race, Matthews had been as high as fifth, according to unofficial in-race statistics.

For the second consecutive day, Glendale senior Will Brand had the fastest time and won the state title. His time Saturday was 50.77, or .29 of a second faster than his preliminary time.

Luke Sloan, a senior at Saint Louis University High, was second at 51.00.

Third place went to Parkway West senior Tommy Christiansen with a time of 51.72.

Parkway Central senior Riley Brown was fourth in 52.32 while Rockhurst sophomore AJ Iseman took fifth at 52.6.

Cole Roberts, a senior at Liberty North, was sixth in 53.06, Park Hill South swimmer Travis Colpitts took seventh in 53.86 and Matthews was eighth in 53.94.

For his finish, Matthews received a state medal and scored 11 team points for the first-year Borgia program. Michael was Borgia’s only state-qualified swimmer this year.

“Many of the coaches at state were very surprised that Borgia was a new team and that we were at state,” Alferman-Molitor said. “Many coaches congratulated us on earning a place at state in our first year. They were all really impressed.”

With those 11 points, Borgia tied for 34th in the meet along with Kirkwood and Blue Springs.

Rockhurst won the championship with 220 points while Blue Springs South was second at 163 and Lee’s Summit North took third at 161.

Rounding out the top five were Parkway Center at 143.5 and John Burroughs at 133.


Matthews entered the state meet as the 20th-fastest swimmer, but sawed 1.85 seconds off of his qualifying time of 55.21 to record a 53.36 during his preliminary race.

“Michael did great at state,” Alferman-Molitor said. “I knew that he was going to surprise everyone in the prelims. He is a very competitive swimmer and he never really saw much competition in the 100 fly this season. He did manage to drop time during the season but it was just a few milliseconds. I knew that once he got in a pool with some tough competition he would really drop time and he did. It was his best time ever.”

That allowed Matthews to jump from his seventh seed in the heat to second in the final finish and from 20th overall to seventh and a place in the state championship race.

The top eight swimmers qualified for the championship heat while swimmers placed ninth through 16th swam in a consolation race Saturday. All 16 swimmers Saturday earned points for their respective teams.

Alferman-Molitor indicated Matthews worked extremely hard in recent weeks to prepare for the state meet.

“For the last few weeks we really worked on his technique and his strategy,” Alferman-Molitor said. “In the end that paid off. He swam flawlessly and incorporated everything we worked on. He made me proud to be his coach.”

Alferman-Molitor also coached Matthews with the Washington Swim Team in recent years, and that made for a smooth transition into high school swimming for Matthews.

“I knew what she was about and she knew what I was all about,” Matthews said.

Matthews said he was thrilled when he heard Borgia was adding swimming this season.

“I was pumped,” Michael said. “Going through two years of high school without a swim team, I never thought we would have one.”

Matthews had two older brothers, Cameron and Tommy, who competed for the Washington Swim Team, but graduated before Borgia started its high school program.

“My brothers are probably pretty jealous that we have a team now,” Michael said. “They were pretty good swimmers, too. I’ve learned a lot from them.”

While he’s new to the prep swimming scene, Matthews has been a competitive swimmer most of his life.

“I started when I was 5 or 6 and have been swimming ever since,” Matthews said.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

%Washington vs. TBA    4 p.m.

%Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff    5:30 p.m.

%St. Clair vs. TBA    TBA

%Sullivan Shootout

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games