Saturday proved to be a successful day for both of Washington’s boys swimming programs.
Competing in the Ft. Zumwalt North Invitational, the St. Francis Borgia Regional Knights placed sixth with 229 points while Washington was eighth at 141. Both had individual and relay efforts which reached state consideration times.
“The boys did amazing at the meet,” Borgia Head Coach Jennifer Alferman-Molitor said. “I was really proud of them all.”
Cape Notre Dame was the overall winner with 325 points and Monett was second at 307.
Ft. Zumwalt East took third at 274 points with Ft. Zumwalt North (266) and Timberland (239) also finishing above Borgia.
Wentzville Liberty (206) was between Borgia and Washington.
Following the Blue Jays were McCluer North (132), Ritenour (123), Francis Howell North (120) and Hazelwood Central (6).
“The Blue Jays had a great meet this past Saturday,” Washington Assistant Coach Jocelyn Coates said. “The team scored several new state consideration times: Spencer Coates qualified in the 100 freestyle; Mason Kauffeld qualified in the 100 butterfly, breaking the one minute barrier with a 59:17; and Ethan Beers qualified in the 100 breaststroke.
“The medley relay of Coates, Kauffeld, Beers, and Zane Johnson also improved their state consideration time as well as scored a fourth-place finish overall in that event. Mason Kauffeld also bettered his 200 IM consideration time and scored a second-place finish overall in that event. Overall, the team recorded 15 personal best times.”
Top 20 finishers for both teams follow.
• Washington’s Mason Kauffeld was the runner-up in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:10.84.
• Kauffeld placed second in the 100 butterfly in 59.17.
• Borgia’s Robert Halsted was second in the 50 freestyle in 22.73.
• Halsted also was the runner-up in the 100 freestyle in 49.11.
“Robert Halsted qualified for state in the 50 and 100 freestyles and both were PRs, as well,” Alferman-Molitor said. “He has his sights set on even fast times and possibly state times in a few more races.”
• Borgia’s Jeffery Van Deven ended third in the 200 freestyle in 2:04.20.
• Borgia’s Colton Lewis placed third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.31.
• Borgia’s 400 freestyle relay of Halsted, Ryan Kluesner, Van Deven and Drew Smith finished third in 3:39.71.
• Washington’s 200 medley relay team of Spencer Coates, Ethan Beers, Kauffeld and Zane Johnson took fourth in 1:56.28.
• Borgia’s Smith was fourth in the 50 freestyle in 24.71.
• Borgia’s Kluesner ended fourth in the 500 freestyle in 5:46.15.
• Borgia’s 200 freestyle relay team of Smith, Lewis, Van Deven and Halsted placed fourth in 1:39.05.
• Borgia’s Van Deven ended fourth in the 100 backstroke in 1:02.92.
• Borgia’s Smith was fifth in the 100 freestyle in 55.06.
• Washington’s Beers was fifth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.24.
• Borgia’s 200 medley relay team of Kyler Shelby, Derek VanBooven, Lewis and Kluesner placed sixth in 2:03.00.
“Our 200 and 400 free relays both dropped time,” said Alferman-Molitor. “Now all three of our relays are in good standings to go to state.”
• VanBooven was sixth in the 200 individual medley in 2:27.22.
• Washington’s Coates was sixth in the 100 backstroke in 1:06.07.
• Washington’s 200 freestyle relay team of Coates, Johnson, Beers and Kauffeld ended seventh in 1:47.44.
• Washington’s Beers was eighth in the 100 butterfly in 1:05.30.
• Washington’s Coates placed eighth in the 100 freestyle in 56.23.
• Borgia’s VanBooven was eighth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.23.
• Washington’s 400 freestyle relay team of Richard Hutson, Carter Smith, Max Cisneros and Todd Bobo ended ninth in 4:43.70.
• Borgia’s Lewis was 10th in the 100 butterfly in 1:07.44.
• Bobo of Washington was 11th in the 100 freestyle in 1:01.34.
• Borgia’s Shelby was 14th in the 500 freestyle in 6:33.18.
• Bobo was 14th in the 100 backstroke in 1:16.56.
• Washington’s Johnson placed 13th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.29.
• Washington’s Hutson was 16th in the 200 freestyle in 2:34.70.
• Washington’s Johnson placed 18th in the 50 freestyle in 28.10.
• Borgia’s Andrew Haberberger ended 18th in the 100 butterfly in 1:27.43.
• Washington’s Hutson placed 20th in the 500 freestyle in 7:06.69.
Alferman-Molitor said there were several positive achievements.
“Jeffery Van Deven had PRs in the 200 free and back,” she said. “Derek Van Booven had an impressive PR in the 200 IM, dropping nearly eight seconds. Jonah Little had PRs in both 200 IM and 100 backstroke. These are unusual events for Jonah to swim but he went head first into both races and dropped significant time for both.”
She praised two other swimmers, who were in JV events.
“Andrew Haberberger and Alan Weidemann really had great a meet, especially since their relays didn’t count for points,” Alferman-Molitor said. “The JV relays could only be ninth- and 10th-graders and I only have four of those and one was at band fest all the JV relay were swam exhibition or no points. Watching those two swim, they gave it their all and it showed.”