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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

Ninth District Senior Legion Tournament

Thursday, July 17

At Westhoff Park

G1 (1) West 11, (8) Pacific 1

G2 (4) St. Charles 17, (5) Elsberry 2

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G3 (3) Washington 4, (6) Wentzville 0

G4 (2) Daniel Boone 8, (7) St. Peters 2

Friday, July 18

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G5 Elsberry 8, Pacific 3

G6 St. Peters 9, Wentzville 1

At Westhoff Park

G7 St. Charles 4, West 1

G8 Daniel Boone 7, Washington 4

Saturday, July 19

At St. Peters Rec-Plex

G9 Washington 9, Elsberry 4

G10 West 9, St. Peters 6

G12 West 14, Washington 1

At Westhoff Park

G11 St. Charles def. Daniel Boone (fft)

Sunday, July 20

Rest at Westhoff Park

G13 Championship — West 2, St. Charles 1 (13 innings)

Monday, July 21

G14 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 13, West 11

Zone 1 Senior Legion Tournament

At Lindenwood University, St. Charles

Thursday, July 24

G1 West vs. Daniel Boone Post 262, 5 p.m.

G2 Jefferson City Post 5 vs. Hannibal Post 55, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 25

G3 St. Charles Post 312 vs. G1 winner, 5 p.m.

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 26

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 10 a.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 4 p.m.

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 7 p.m.

Sunday, July 27

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 1 p.m.

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 4 p.m.

Ninth District Junior Legion Tournament

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 Wentzville 4, New Haven 0

G6 St. Charles 8, Hannibal 7 (9 innings)

At Ronsick Field

G7 St. Peters 5, Elsberry 2

G8 Washington 2, Union 1

Remainder at Ronsick Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 Union 7, Wentzville 1

G10 Elsberry 3, St. Charles 2

Friday, July 11

G11 Washington 12, St. Peters 11 (10 innings)

G12 Elsberry 6, Union 3

Saturday, July 12

G13 Elsberry 4, St. Peters 3

G14 Championship — Washington 3, Elsberry 1

Washington wins district, to host Zone 1 Tournament at Borgia. Schedule below.

Junior Legion Zone 1 Tournament

At Borgia

Thursday, June 17

G1 Elsberry Post 226 10, Chillicothe Post 25 2

Friday, June 18

G2 Washington Post 218 5, Elsberry 1

G3 Chillicothe 5, Elsberry 4

Saturday, June 19

G4 Championship — Washington 16, Chillicothe 0 (5 innings)

Washington advances to State Tournament in Jackson.

Junior Legion State Tournament

At Jackson

Thursday, July 24

G1 Springfield Glendale vs. Jackson, 3 p.m.

G2 Sedalia vs. Eureka, 5:30 p.m.

Friday, June 25

G3 Washington vs. G1 winner, noon

G4 G1 loser vs. G2 loser, 2:30 p.m.

G5 G2 winner vs. G3 winner, 5 p.m.

G6 G3 loser vs. G4 winner, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 26

G7 G5 loser vs. G6 winner, 1 p.m.

G8 Championship — G5 winner vs. G7 winner, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 27

G9 If-Needed Game — G8 winner vs. G8 loser, 1 p.m.

Freshman Legion Ninth District Tournament

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 17, Warrenton 6

G6 Wentzville 5, West 4

At Elsberry Legion Field

G7 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 2

G8 Washington 3, Hannibal 0

Remainder at Elsberry Legion Field

Thursday, July 10

G9 St. Peters 11, Hannibal 9

G10 Elsberry-Winfield 13, Wentzville 4

Friday, July 11

G12 Elsberry-Winfield 8, St. Peters 3

G11 Washington 6, St. Charles 0, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 12

G13 St. Charles 10, Elsberry-Winfield 1

G14 Championship — St. Charles 5, Washington 2

Sunday, July 13

G15 If-Needed Game — St. Charles 2, Washington 0

Missouri Freshman

Legion State Tournament

At Rotary Recreational

Complex - Ronsick Field

Wednesday, July 16

G1 Creve Coeur Post 397 16, St. Robert Post 331 2

G2 Ste. Genevieve Post 150 4, St. Charles Post 312 0

G3 Jackson Post 158 1, vs. Springfield Glendale Merchants 0

G4 Washington Post 218 9, Eureka Post 177 4

Thursday, July 17

G5 Springfield Glendale 11, St. Robert 1 (St. Robert eliminated)

G6 St. Charles 10, Eureka 2 (Eureka eliminated)

G7 Ste. Genevieve 4, Creve Coeur 2

G8 Washington 12, Jackson 10

Friday, July 18

G9 Jackson 12, Springfield Glendale 0 (Springfield Glendale eliminated)

G10 Creve Coeur 8, St. Charles 3 (St. Charles eliminated)

G11 Ste. Genevieve 3, Washington 2

G12 Creve Coeur 11, Jackson 7 (Jackson eliminated)

Saturday, July 19

G13 Washington 8, Creve Coeur 3 (Creve Coeur eliminated)

G14 Championship—Washington 5, Ste. Genevieve 2

Sunday, July 20

G15 Championship Game 2—Washington 3, Ste. Genevieve 0

Great Midwest Football League

July 19

Missouri Cyclones 34, Illinois Justice 0

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

7-11 at Division Meet, Westminster Christian First

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    First

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    PPD

7-12    at Division Meet, Pacific    Third

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.

*Indicates League Games

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