Another season in, and another district title for the Waukee boys’ swimming team after they claimed the district regional meet in Johnston Saturday, Feb. 2.
Out of the eight teams in attendance, the Warriors rose about the field with 481 team points which was followed by Johnston with 405 points, Des Moines Lincoln with 308 points, Newton-NCMP with 235 points, and Lewis Central rounding out the top five with 228 team points.
In total, eleven different events for Waukee earned the right to grace the state meet stage thanks to their performances and only the top 24 times qualified. All that starting out with the relay events, all of which placed sixth or better to punch their respective tickets. The best relay finish came from the 200 Free Relay event that picked up a time of 1:26.73 marking the programs’ season best mark. Another season best time was hit in the 200 Medley Relay who clocked in a time of 1:37.06 while the 400 Yard Freestyle Relay event picked up a sixth place finish with a time of 3:14.25.
On an individual note, junior Cameron Linder and freshman Andrew Reiter blazed the way in the 200 Yard Individual Medley. Reiter picked up a time of 1:55.85 marking a season best for the freshman phenom. Linder on the other hand, not only posted his best 200 Yard Individual Medley time of the season, but he did so in a first place finishing effort. Linder’s efforts earned him District Swimmer of the Year award as he broke a long standing Johnston pool record.
There were five more top ten finishes on the day including Mitchell Pollitt and Augie Muenzenmay in the 50 Yard Freestyle event. Pollitt’s time of 21.47 seconds not only landed his a state qualifying spot of fourth place, it also broke his prior season best and one of his career best marks. Fellow Warrior senior Muenzenmay, also qualified for state by placing tenth in the event with a time of 21.69 seconds, also a season best mark. Pollitt was quite busy on the day with success in the relay events along with earning his second individual state qualification, this time in the 100 Yard Freestyle event. The senior clocked in a fifth place finishing time of 47.48 seconds marking his second season best mark set on the day. Muenzenmay also qualified for state in the 100 Yard Freestyle with a 13th place finish.
As has been the customary tradition with Waukee boys’ swimming, there where a pair of individuals with top five performances and for Cameron Linder, his second big finish came in the 400 Yard Freesytle Relay. Linder cruised to a sixth place finish courtesy of a time of 4:44.05, yet another season best time. The rest of the state qualifying individuals involved upperclassmen Carter Moseley who’s time of 1:47.39 earned him a season best time and a state qualifying time as he placed 16th overall.
Davis Kuhlers took 12th in the 50 Yard Freestyle (21.75 seconds), while Menzenmay and Moseley both qualified for their second individual events at state by placing 13th in the 100 Yard Freestyle and 14th in the 500 Yard Freestyle events respectively. Kuhlers picked up his second state qualifying event in the 100 Yard Backstroke event (55.17 seconds), followed by Cooper Crouse rounded out the top qualifiers with a 24th place time of 1:02.82 in the Breaststroke event.
Warrior head coach Dan Briggs spoke about his team and the magical run before the state qualifying meet began.
“This team had some big shoes to fill at the beginning of the season but they managed to fill those shoes and then some,” began Briggs. “So many individuals on this team have proven themselves capable of swimming competitively in nearly every meet which is something we haven’t had in awhile.”
For his efforts on the year, coach Briggs himself along with Zorn and Bogaczyk all earned District Coach of the Year honors.
Overall, the Warriors posted 12 state qualifiers, tying for the most state qualifiers on the 2018-19 campaign. Next up will be the State meet which will take place Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center in Iowa City.