All 11 members of the Borgia boys swim team will make the trip to state.
The Knights qualified for five events in Thursday and Friday’s MSHSAA Class 1 state championship meet at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.
Robert Halsted qualified for two individual events, the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, and Andrew Simily qualified for the 100 butterfly.
Two of the Knights’ relay teams, the 200 medley and 400 freestyle, will compete as well. Those on the team who don’t swim at the state competition will be there to serve as alternates.
A total of 393 swimmers are listed as qualifying for the competition in Class 1 from 51 different schools.
Other teams to have qualified swimmers include: Affton, Battle, Belton, Camdenton, Carthage, Cape Central, Springfield Central, Chaminade, Clayton, Ft. Zumwalt East, Ft. Zumwalt North, Ft. Zumwalt South, Glendale, Hazelwood East, Jackson, John Burroughs, Kearney, Ladue, Wentzville Liberty, Logan-Rogersville, Lutheran St. Charles, Marshfield, McCluer, MICDS, Monett, Nevada, North Kansas City, Cape Notre Dame, Oak Park, Oakville, Ozark, Park Hill South, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway West, Pembroke Hill, Platte County, Raytown, Rockwood Summit, Smith-Cotton, Smithville, St. Pius X, Staley, Vianney, Warrensburg, Webb City, Webster Groves, Westminster, William Chrisman and Winnetonka.
Of the Borgia swimmers, Halsted has the highest-ranking qualifying time in a division. His 100 freestyle time of 49.51 ranks 11th among competitors in that event, making him a contender to race beyond Thursday. His 50 freestyle time of 23.18 ranks 27th.
Simily will also be in the hunt in the 100 butterfly, where his qualifying time of 56.00 ranks 15th among the field.
Borgia’s 200 medley qualifying time of 1:50.37 ranks 24th and its 400 freestyle relay time of 3:42.06 ranks 30th.
Swimming in the 200 medley relay will be Jeffrey Van Deven, Colton Lewis, Simily and Halsted. Alternates are Derek VanBooven, Alex Kriete, Kyler Shelby and Ryan Kluesner.
Swimming in the 400 freestyle relay will be Van Deven, Halsted, Drew Smith and Simily. Alternates are Shelby, Cole Fletcher, VanBooven and Noah Little.
The doors will open for the event at 8 a.m. Thursday with the Class 1 preliminary races taking place from noon to 3 p.m. Stands will then be cleared for the Class 1 diving session, which will last until 9 p.m.
Swimming returns the following morning with the finals scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Doors will once again open at 8 a.m.