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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

Area Sports Schedule

American Legion Baseball

Senior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Daniel Boone 14, Pacific 3

*Washington 20, Sullivan 5

Wednesday, July 2

*Daniel Boone 8, Pacific 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 1

Thursday, July 3

*Washington 11, St. Charles 0

Friday, July 4

*Pacific at St. Peters    1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Washington 20, Pacific 1

Sunday, July 6

*Washington 11, Warrenton 2

Monday, July 7

Washington 9, Creve Coeur 7

Blue Springs Wood Bat Tournament

Wednesday, July 9

Washington 7, Gravette Lions 0

Thursday, July 10

Washington vs. Post 339 West (Bellevue, Neb.), Blue Springs South High School, 2 p.m.

Friday, July 11

Washington vs. Geiger Redi-Mix (Leavenworth, Kan.), Hidden Valley No. 1, 11:30 a.m.

Washington vs. Hawthorne Outlaws (Lee's Summit), Jim Moran Field (Hidden Valley), 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

Washington vs. TBA, TBA

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal Games, 11 a.m.

Championship, 2 p.m.

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Union 5, New Haven 0

*Union 7, New Haven 4

*St. Charles 12, Pacific 5

Thursday, July 3

*Union 13, Hannibal 2

*Union 10, Hannibal 3

*Elsberry at Pacific    7 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

*Daniel Boone at Pacific (DH)    10 a.m.

Union 6, Crocker 5

Union 13, Crocker 7

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 1

*Washington 16, Pacific 1

Wednesday, July 2

*Washington 11, St. Peters 0

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Junior Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Union High School

G1 (1) Elsberry 3, (8) New Haven 0

At Ronsick Field

G4 (3) Washington 7, (6) Wentzville 1

G4 (2) Union 8, (7) Hannibal 1

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G2 (5) St. Peters 8, (4) St. Charles 6

Wednesday, July 9

At New Haven

G5 New Haven vs. Wentzville, 6 p.m.

G6 St. Charles vs. Hannibal, 8:30 p.m.

At Ronsick Field

G7 Elsberry vs. St. Peters, 6 p.m.

G8 Washington vs. Union, 8:30 p.m.

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 G8 loser vs. G5 winner, 6 p.m.

G10 G7 loser vs. G6 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

G11 G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 6 p.m.

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 2 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 2 p.m.

Ninth District Tournament Schedules

Freshman Legion

Tuesday, July 8

At Elsberry Legion Field

G1 (1) St. Charles 7, (8) St. Peters 0

G2 (4) Elsberry-Winfield 4, (5) Wentzville 3

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G3 (3) Hannibal 3, (6) Warrenton 2

G4 (2) Washington 10, (7) West 1

Wednesday, July 9

At Elsberry Khoury League Field

G5 St. Peters vs. Warrenton, 6 p.m.

G6 Wentzville vs. West, 8:30 p.m.

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles vs. Hannibal, 6 p.m.

G8 Hannibal vs. Washington, 8:30 p.m.

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 G8 loser vs. G5 winner, 6 p.m.

G10 G7 loser vs. G6 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Friday, July 11

G12 G9 winner vs. G10 winner, 6 p.m.

G11 G7 winner vs. G8 winner, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 G11 loser vs. G12 winner, 1 p.m.

G14 Championship — G11 winner vs. G13 winner, 4 p.m.

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — G14 winner vs. G14 loser, 1 p.m.

Swim Team Schedules

Washington Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Oaks Landing    Washington 192-100

6-16    Westglen    Washington 259-206

6-23    at Fox Creek    Washington 311-225

6-30    at Chadwick    Chadwick 264-258

7-7    Cherry Hills    Washington 291-140

Pacific Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    Lake of the Woods    LOtW 176-130

6-16    at Union    Union 289-220

6-23    Bridle Creek    Pacific 371-124

6-30    at Arbor Oaks    Pacific 282-241

7-7    at Indian Hills    Cancelled, weather

7-12    Division Meet    8 a.m.

Union Swim Team

Date    Opponent    Time/Result

6-9    at Arbor Oaks    Union 180-120

6-16    Pacific    Union 289-220

6-23    at Lake of the Woods    LoTW 312-201

6-30    Indian Hills    Union 322-275

7-7    Bridle Creek    6 p.m.

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    8 a.m.

Pacific Diving Team

Date    Opponent    Time

6-14    at MAC West    MAC West 40-30

6-21    at Lindgate    Lindgate

6-28    at Cool Dell    9 a.m.

7-13    at Championships    8 a.m.

Great Midwest Football League

July 5

Missouri Cyclones 22, Midwest Chargers 14

Ninth District Standings

July 1, 2014

District Games Only

Senior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

West    11    2

Daniel Boone 262    9    3

Washington 218    11    5

St. Charles 312    9    5

Elsberry 226    8    5

Wentzville 323    5    5

St. Peters 313    7    7

Pacific 320    3    10

Warrenton 122    0    10

Sullivan 18    1    12

2014 Final Standings

Junior Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

Elsberry 226    20    2

Union 297    19    3

Washington 218    18    4

St. Charles 312    14    8

St. Peters 313    12    10

Wentzville 323    12    10

Hannibal 55    10    12

New Haven 366    9    13

Daniel Boone 262    5    14

Warrenton 122    3    16

Pacific 320    3    15

Sullivan 18    0    20

Freshman Legion

Team    Wins    Losses

St. Charles 312    20    0

Washington 218    17    3

Hannibal 55    16    4

Elsberry-Winfield 226    14    6

Wentzville 323    9    11

Warrenton 122    8    12

West    7    13

St. Peters 313    6    14

New Haven 366    5    15

Pacific 320    4    16

Elsberry 226    4    16

*Indicates League Games

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