Maverick swimmers prove their speed through district, regional competition; boys’ relay advances to State

The last few weeks, the Mavs established themselves as some of the fastest swimmers in the district from district championships and regional meet with the boys’ 200m freestyle relay advancing to State Feb.19-20.  

“(Districts) was by far the fastest and difficult event,” Coach Johnny Foss said.

In the District Championships, eight schools competed and the girls placed third while the boys placed second behind Westwood. Diver junior Nicole Bogusch and the boys’ relay became District Champions.

“It feels pretty awesome,” Bogush said.

As well, freshman Cameron Katzman won second place in the 100 Free and Back. The final results from District 13-6A competition had 16 Mavericks make it to regionals.

“It was fun going against the top competitors,” Katzman said. “It was fun having teammates cheering you on.”

During the Region II meet, the boys’ 200 Free Relay advanced to State with a time of 1:26.03. The team – Katzman, junior Nick Shomper (who received third place in the 200 IM at District), senior Garrett Hailes, and senior Josh Harris – set a school record for the boys’ 400 freestyle relay.

“It was a good race,” Shomper said. “District got really fast.”

Last year was Shomper’s first year going to State. He explained how he and the team has more experience to improve this year in State.

“It’s exciting,” Shomper said. “It should go well. I feel more prepared.”

To add more to the excitement, this year will be the first time Katzman went State.

“It’s a little nerve wracking but I have a lot of older guys who can show me the way and I can rely on them for help,” Shomper said.

The relay team got disqualified during the preliminary stage at State.