The Cambridge-Isanti boys put together a memorable Class AA State Swim meet with solid accomplishments across the board. At the top of the list was senior Jake Berry owning two medals won in his individual events.
“We finished in 18th-place as a team which is the highest we’ve ever finished in Class AA. That’s a huge accomplishment since, for the most part, our guys are swimming against club swimmers down there,” said a proud C-I Coach Gary Gotz.
At Friday’s prelims held at the U of M Aquatics Center, Berry opened State by qualifying for the finals in the 100 Butterfly. He set a new team record of 52.89 in that event while placing 8th in Saturday’s finals.
He followed that up by moving up two spots from prelims to place 5th in the 100 Backstroke with a 52.96 mark– 2 1/2 seconds faster than his time in the Backstroke at sections.
Also reaching the Saturday night finals was the 400 Freestyle Relay of Jason Codner, David Voller, Benj Nault-Maurer and Berry. They dropped two seconds from their prelim qualifier time to a 10th-place 3:17.47– a mere 3/100s of a second from another team record.
“The boys were a little tore up not getting the school record, but they were very pleased with the 10th place. Getting their starts a little closer together, they jumped up from 15th place after prelims,” said Coach Gotz.
But the Bluejackets’ 200 Freestyle Relay of Codner, Calvin Cicha, Grant McCormick and Voller did indeed set a new team mark, finishing in 18th place with their time of 1:31.09. In doing do, they moved up five spots from their seeded position.
C-I’s final State entry was senior Voller placing 21st in the 200 Freestyle with his swim of 1:50.5.
Including the three seniors who competed at State, the Bluejackets will graduate 10 from the program this year.
“They’ve been a strong group for us since they were in ninth grade. They are going to be missed, and we’ve got big shoes to fill from their departure,” finished Coach Gotz.