The Waukee Warriors boys swimming team won their second consecutive State Title on Saturday, Feb. 11.
The Warriors placed first out of 30 teams with a total of 259 points.
"Our goal all season was to aim for a repeat title," said Coach Daniel Briggs. "We had five-of-seven guys return from last year's team and had some added power this year from some sophomores. We wanted to have an undefeated dual meet season and win the Johnston Invite as that was our only loss last season."
The First event for the Warriors was the 200 Yard Medley Relay. The four Warriors that swam in the relay were Cameron Briggs, Grady Rogers, Gus Muenzenmay and Jackson Kuhlers. The four Warriors finished in second place with 34 points.
Senior Zach Linder finished first in the 200 Yard Freestyle for the Warriors. Linder finished the race in 1:40.72 earning another 20 points.
The third event of the State Meet was the 200 IM. The Warriors had three swimmers in this race. Jackson Kuhlers placed second overall with a finishing time of 1:51.89. Freshman Cameron Linder placed seventh when he finished in 1:57.78. The third Warrior in the 200 IM was Briggs, who finished tenth with a 1:59.23. After this race, the Warriors were still in second place as a team with 90 points.
The Warriors finally bumped up to first place in the 50 Yard Freestyle. In 22.16 seconds, Mitchell Pollit placed 12th earning five points for the Warriors and putting them four points ahead of Bettendorf.
"Our younger guys really stepped up," said Briggs. "We had a huge boost from our sophomore class: Davis Kuhlers (100 back qualifier), Mitch Pollitt (50 free and 200 free relay), Augie Muenzenmay (state alternate) and Carter Moseley (dropped 20+ seconds in the 500 to just miss state qualification). These guys added to our returning core from last season and made for an exciting season of time drops."
The fifth event was the 100 Yard Butterfly. The Warriors had three swimmers in this event as well; Jackson Kuhlers, Muenzenmay and A.J. Gainer. Jackson finished first with just over 50 seconds, Muenzenmay finished fourth in 51.70 seconds and Gained placed 15th in 54.43 seconds.
Zach Linder also swam in the 100 Yard Freestyle for the Warriors. The senior placed first and earned 20 points when he finished the race in 45.81 seconds.
The 500 Yard Freestyle was the seventh event of the State Meet. Cameron Linder was the Warrior to take on this race. Cameron placed fifth with a time of 4:44.61. The Warriors still held first place overall with a total of 166 points.
The next relay was the 200 Yard Freestyle Relay. The four Warriors to swim in this relay race were Zach Linder, Pollitt, Rogers and Briggs. The Warriors finished second and earned another 34 points.
Briggs and Davis Kuhlers swam in the 100 Yard Backstroke for the Warriors. Briggs placed eighth with a time of 53.69 and Davis placed 21st in 56.60. The Warriors now had 211 points overall.
The 100 Yard Breaststroke was up next. Rogers and Muenzenmay took on this race. Rogers finished seventh in 59.54 seconds and Muenzenmay finished in 15th with a time of 1:01.96.
The last event of the State Meet was the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay. The relay team of Zach Linder, Rogers, Muenzenmay and Jackson Kuhlers placed seconds with a finishing time of 3:08.51. These four Warriors earned the last 34 team points.
Briggs mentioned how impressed he was with his team this season. He said he was excited that each swimmer had either dropped their times or held their seed in almost every event during the State Meet. He also mentioned that this was the first time that the Warriors had a state qualifier in every event and had a swimmer score in every event, which is a very rare combination for any team.
The Warriors finished meet with 259 points allowing them to earn their second consecutive State Swim Meet Title.
The Warriors will have five of their swimmers graduating this year, but will have four returning as well as their alternate in the 2017-2018 season.