Swimming in the MSHSAA Class 1 consolation races at the St. Peters Rec-Plex Friday, Borgia had two individuals and one relay team compete on the second day of the state meet.
“The team did awesome this season,” Borgia Head Coach Jennifer Alferman-Molitor said. “This season exceeded my expectations in every way this year. I am so excited to see what next year brings.”
Borgia finished 30th overall in the team standings with 14 points, between Ft. Zumwalt East (19.5) and Springfield Central (13).
Cape Girardeau Central won the team title with 301.5 points. Kearney was second at 250 with Glendale placing third at 208.
Rounding out the top five were Ladue (145) and Parkway West (128).
Alferman-Molitor said the team had to overcome adversity following Thursday’s first session.
“Finals were a bit emotional,” she said. “Thursday night I got a call that Drew Smith was in a car accident and was taken to the hospital. Drew was the first leg in our 400 free relay. By some miracle he was OK, but he was out for swimming on Friday.”
• Junior Robert Halsted finished 10th overall in the 100 freestyle, second in the consolation race, with a time of 49.73. That was .53 of a second slower than his 49.20 preliminary time, which had been ninth fastest in Thursday’s heats.
“I told Robert when he swam that he needed to show everyone what to look out for next year. He had a rough turn but won 10th-place overall,” Aflerman-Molitor said. “He is an extremely competitive person and I fully expect him to be back at state next year.”
Patrick Finnane of Warrensburg won the consolation race in 49.63. Halsted finished in front of Ft. Zumwalt East’s Brendan Hutchinson (49.79).
Cape Girardeau Central’s Jacob Bening won the championship with a time of 46.29.
• Senior Andrew Simily placed 14th overall, sixth in the 100 butterfly consolation race in a time of 57.11, 1.62 slower than his preliminary time of 55.49. He had been 12th fastest after Thursday’s heats.
“Andrew did great,” said Alferman-Molitor. “We were talking before he swam and I asked him what his goal was for finals. He had set previous goals of making state and then dropping time in the prelims and he completed both of those. He said that his goal for finals was to have fun since it was his last time swimming as a Borgia Knight. He completed that goal as well. He got 14th place overall.”
Simily finished between North Kansas City’s Jack Duffy (56.37) and Raytown’s Christian Lynch (57.32).
William Chrisman’s Daniel Kuropka won the consolation race in a time of 54.65.
Cape Girardeau Central’s Brogan Davis won the championship in a time of 48.81.
• Borgia’s 400 freestyle relay team placed seventh in the consolation race, 15th overall, with a time of 3:35.04. That was 4.68 slower than the preliminary race. Borgia had been seeded 14th overall coming into the final day.
Borgia had to go to the alternate list with Derek VanBooven replacing Smith on the team.
“We called up Derek VanBooven,” Alferman-Molitor said. “Derek did great. He swam his fastest 100 all season. Overall the relay fell to 15th place but they didn’t gain too much time overall. I was very impressed with how they came together and swam.”
Swimming for Borgia were Jeffery Van Deven, Halsted, Derek VanBooven and Simily.
John Burroughs was 14th in 3:31.98. Parkway West won the consolation race in 3:24.28 while Cape Central won with a time of 3:07.71.