Idaho High School State Championships a Strong Last Outing for Boise’s Abbey Erwin

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By Ailish Dougherty, Swimming World College Intern.

The Idaho High School State Championships took place over the course of two days, with prelims on Friday November 4th, and finals on Saturday November 5th. Calvary Chapel Christian School came out on top for the women’s 1-3A divisions, while 2015 4A champs Wood River High School fell to 10th place, Idaho Falls High School winning the division with 172 points over Bishop Kelly’s 138. For the 5A women’s division, Boise again one by a land slide over the rest of the field, coming in with 437 points over a second-place round-up of 191 by Rocky Mountain High School. On the boy’s side, Bishop Kelly High School and Boise High School defended their titles over the 4A and 5A divisions with 106 points and 329 points, respectively.

Boise High School dominated the 200 medley relay on both the girls’ and boys’ side, with the team of Sydney Walker, Sammie Eyolfson, Abbey Erwin, and Isabel Swafford bettering their 2015 record by half a second, posting a 1:46.83. The Boise team of Gage Dewsbury, Michael Chang, Luke Yost, and Caleb Elliot beat out second-place overall Coeur d’Alene High School, clocking in at 1:40.64.

Abbey Erwin, a senior heading to University of Minnesota next year and the reigning 200 freestyle champion and state-wide record holder, did not swim the event to defend her title. Eva Suggs from Timberline High School won the event in a 1:53.03. For the boys, Boise’s Yost led the rest of the field by two seconds to break a seven-year old record in the event, coming in at 1:40.98.

Charity Pittard from Rocky Mountain destroyed the field in the 200 IM, coming in a full 4 seconds ahead with a time of 2:04.00, just missing the record of 2:03.78 set in 2014. Moscow High School Senior Cy Jager also won the men’s 200 IM by a large margin, posting a 1:53.73 to second-place Jackson Cunningham‘s 1:56.60.

In the 50 freestly Cavalry Chapel Christian School’s Isabel Rhodes broke a 6-year record by 0.03, swimming a 23.59. Thomas Roark from Bishop Kelly won for the boys with a 20.96.

Erwin did put up a strong showing in the 100 butterfly with a winning time of 56.95, off of the 2014 record by 0.2. Andrew Clifford from Meridian won the event with a 51.22.

The girls 100 freestyle was a nail-biter, with Solny Jorunnardottir just out-touching 50 champ Rhodes by 0.01. The girls came in at 51.87 and 51.88, respectively. The boys race was more spread out, with Roark beating both Reid Robinson and Dewsbury from Boise by 2 seconds, to win with a time of 46.24.

The 500 free was a battle of the sisters, with Abbey Erwin coming in first at 4:56.67, almost a full 6 seconds off of her 2015 record of 4:50.56, over her sister Maggie Erwin, who bettered her time from the previous year by a second to come in at 5:01.34. Boise’s Yost absolutely destroyed his competition, winning with a 4:39.48 over second place Ian Clifford‘s 4:52.95.

In the 200 freestyle relay both the Boise team of Maggie Erwin, Swafford, Eyolfson, and Annie Bartolome, as well as the Rocky Mountain team of Kara Steward, Ciera Nasso, Lindsey Jacobson, and Pittard came in under the record set by the same Boise team last year. The teams put up times of 1:38.92 and 1:40.14, respectively. Capital Hill won on the boys side with a 1:31.84.

Emily Dietz from Coeur d’Alene won the 100 backstroke with a 58.71, while Cunningham from Mountain Valley High put up a quick 52.97 to win the men’s event.

Boise’s Eyolfson won the 100 breaststroke, taking down an eight year old record and breaking the 1:04 barrier with a 1:03.99. The boys race was a close one, with Cole Curtis from Coeur d’Alene coming in ahead of second-place Sebastian Chao of Mountain Valley by 0.05, with a time of 59.82.

The Erwin sisters came together in Boise’s final relay of the night, along with Bartolome and Walker, to win the 400 free relay in 3:35.11. Again, Boise’s team of Yost, Robinson, Dewsbury, and Chang asserted their dominance over the rest of the teams with a nine second win in the same event (3:13.58). They were just off the 3:13.28 record set in 2014 by Coeur d’Alene.

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Author: Ailish Dougherty

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Ailish Dougherty is a sophomore at Tufts University where she is majoring in Child Study and Human Development on the pre-med track. She swims distance freestyle for their Division III program in the NESCAC.

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