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The 2016 Iowa Boys High School State Championships dove into action today in Marshalltown, Iowa with the boys of Waukee claiming the state title. Waukee posted a final score of 244 to become the new state title winners. Last year’s winner, Iowa City West, slid to second with a score of 210, while Bettendorf moved up from a seventh place ranking to third with 198.5 points.
Dubuque Senior and Bettendorf kicked off finals with a battle for first in the 200 medley relay exchanging first throughout each relay exchange. Despite quicker splits from Bettendorf in the back half of the relay the two finished a slim .10 seconds apart with Dubuque Senior’s relay team of John Colin (22.77), Andrew Breitfelder (26.46), Jacob Hansen (23.70) and Brandon Sindt (21.10) claiming first with a final time of 1:34.03. Bettendorf’s Nathan Spencer (23.94), Ryan Schade (26.02), Caleb Aman (23.11) and Grant Nickles (21.06) stopped the clock at 1:34.13.
Cameron Kelley of Cedar Rapids Washington surged ahead of the competition in the 200 free to post a winning time of 1:39.50. Johnston’s Stjepan Fiolic grabbed third with a time of 1:40.36, while Aidan Keen of Iowa City West finished third with a time of 1:40.71.
Kelley continued his dominance over the middle distance freestyle events by taking down the 20-year-old state record in the 500 free. Kelley posted a final time of 4:29.96 to better the former record of 4:30.62 set by Jason Lathrum. Keen also finished under the former record with a time of 4:30.49 for second.
Iowa City West senior Mark McGlaughlin left it all in the pool for his final state championship beginning with a new state record in the 200 IM. McGlaughlin dashed to a sizzling 1:46.91 to overturn the previous record of 1:49.20 set in 2015 by Alex Walton. Nick Saulnier (1:49.80) of CR Washington and Caleb Aman (1:52.58) of Bettendorf were second and third respectively.
McGlaughlin claimed yet another state record in the 100 free, stopping the clock at 43.64 to improve upon the former record of 44.17 by .53 seconds. Fiolic grabbed second with a time of 45.57, while Johnston’s Grant Fuhr was third with a 46.24.
Fellow Iowa City West senior Will Scott maintained his first place seed with a final time of 20.29 in the 50 free. Scott’s time edged past the former state record of 20.32 set by Chris Eckerman in 1993. Fuhr took second with a time of 20.81, and Waukee’s Josh Waltman finished third with a 20.98.
The men’s 100 fly was a tight race with seniors Josh Waltman of Waukee and John Colin of Dubuque Senior battling for the gold. Colin led Waltman at the half 23.06 to 23.10 but a surge in the back half from Waltman got him to the wall first to stop the clock at 50.01 over Colin’s 50.16.
Iowa City West continued their record-breaking streak into the 200 free relay where the team of McGlaughlin (20.15) , Keen (21.22), Oliver Martin (21.01), and Scott (20.17) overturned the previous state record of 1:23.99 set in 2013 by Dubuque Senior. The four posted a combined time of 1:22.55. Waukee finished second with a time of 1:24.73, while Johnston took third with a close 1:24.78.
CR Washington’s Saulnier and Kaleb Donels posted a 1-3 finish in the 100 back. Salnier turned in a time of 49.54 for the gold, while Donels took third with a 51.73. Second went to Colin of Dubuque Senior who stopped the clock with a 50.35.
Newton-Pella’s Isaak Webb grabbed first in the 100 breaststroke with a final time of 56.45 to be the only athlete under the 57-second mark. Cedar Rapids Kennedy’s Stefan Kitsos finished second in the event with a time of 57.50, just ahead of Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Paul Hummell and his time of 57.56.
There was a case of deja vu in the 400 free relay with Iowa City West’s McGlauglin (44.50), Keen (45.61), Martin (47.03), and Scott (46.04) flying ahead of the competition to grab the gold with a combined time of 3:03.18, just behind their own state record of 3:02.98. Second went to Bettendorf with a time of 3:07.56, while Johnston rounded out the top three with a time of 3:08.48.