Records Break as Idaho Falls Girls, Century Boys Win Idaho 4A State Championships

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The 2018 Idaho 4A State Championships were held at the West Boise YMCA on Nov. 3. Plenty of Class 4A records fell as the Idaho Falls High School girls won the team title while Century High School claimed the championship crown on the boys’ side.

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Girls Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Idaho Falls – 181
2. Bishop Kelly – 160
3. Sandpoint – 157
4. Wood River – 143
5. Minico – 87

Idaho Falls began their winning ways as Tayla Liddle, Kailee Puetz, Karlee Puetz and Alyvia Casperson started the meet off with a victory in the 4×50 medley relay with a time of 1:53.89 for a new 4A record. The same quartet also set a new class mark in the 4×100 free relay (3:46.36).

Soon after Liddle was back in the water to win the 200 free as the only swimmer in the field to break the two-minute barrier, doing so in a winning time of 1:58.45 for a 4A record of her own. Her second 4A mark of the day came in the 500 free where her time of 5:24.80 defeated the field by six seconds.

Kailee Puetz cruised to first in the 200 IM, winning by five seconds in a new 4A mark of 2:12.58. Her time of 1:06.64 in the 100 breast was seven seconds faster than the runner-up and also got her name in the 4A record book. Century’s Kaitlyn Shelley sprinted her way to a gold medal in the 50 free, stopping the clock in 25.05 for the win.

Bishop Kelly’s Anika Rubocki was the only swimmer to crack the minute mark in the 100 fly, getting her hands to the wall first in 58.46. She also snuck under 60 seconds in the 100 back in 59.17. She still owns both 4A marks in her events from last season.

Sandpoint’s Mikayla Schoening found herself on top of the podium with a new 4A record in the 100 free with a swift 55.45, edging out Karlee Puetz’s 55.63 for the title. Sandpoint’s Autumn Morgan, Kaya Wright, Kate Bokowy and Schoening combined to win the 4×50 free relay in 1:46.76, erasing the previous 4A record and besting the field by five seconds.

Boys Meet

Top 5 Team Scores:

1. Century – 186
2. Bishop Kelly – 185.5
3. Moscow – 145
4. Sandpoint – 141
5. Twin Falls – 96

Bishop Kelly’s Gabe Machado, Jacob Troescher, Trevor Losness and Jake Martinez started the boys’ meet off with a 4×50 medley relay win and 4A record with a time of 1:43.36. Martinez, Ryan Gudmestad, Troescher and Machado concluded the meet with a 4×100 free relay victory and new 4A record in 3:28.59.

Machado, also a freshman, absolutely crushed the 500 free. His time of 4:38.05 was 46 seconds faster than the rest of the field, set a new 4A mark, and was only four seconds away from the Idaho State record. He also won the 100 back in a fast 52.41 for another class record of his own.

Wood River’s Zach Deal was the only swimmer in the field to crack two minutes in the 200 IM, doing so in 1:56.41 for the State title and 4A record. He then went on to be crowned champion in the 100 breast in 59.29. Sandpoint’s Jacob Ballard dominated the 100 fly, winning by over three seconds in 52.16; a time fast enough to rewrite the 4A record book in the event.

Martinez, a freshman, claimed an individual win and class mark in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:53.62. Vision’s Riccardo Moschen splashed-and-dashed his way to 50 free gold – and a new Class 4A mark – in the 50 free, stopping the clock in a quick 21.96.

Centry’s Coleman Sandy sprinted to the wall in 50.06 in the 100 free for the title while his teammate Gage Fouse was the runner-up in 51.71. Sandy combined with John Kaiser, Joe Kaiser and Jake Ryan Walsh to win the 4×50 free relay in 4A record-setting fashion with a time of 1:34.79.