Boise High con­tin­ues swim­ming rule

The Idaho Statesman (Sunday) - - SPORTS - BY MICHAEL LYCKLAMA mly­ck­lama@ida­hostates­man.com

Idaho held its first of­fi­cial state swim­ming cham­pi­onship Satur­day, and the team on top of the podium came as no sur­prise.

Boise won its sixth straight girls team ti­tle and fourth con­sec­u­tive boys team ti­tle. Both teams took dif­fer­ent routes to ex­tend their dy­nas­ties.

The Boise girls didn’t win a sin­gle in­di­vid­ual or re­lay race, in­stead re­ly­ing on the depth of their 16 state qual­i­fiers. The boys sent only seven swim­mers to the state meet but won two in­di­vid­ual ti­tles and two re­lays to fin­ish atop the stand­ings.

“This year is def­i­nitely spe­cial,” Boise sopho­more Nathan Quar­ter­man said. “You wouldn’t think a team of seven guys (could do it). And half of them aren’t even club swim­mers. They are just kids that like to swim.

“We worked re­ally hard through­out the year, and it paid off.”

Quar­ter­man led the Boise boys, touch­ing the wall first in the 100-yard back­stroke (50.34 sec­onds) and 200 freestyle (1:42.78). He also swam the an­chor leg on the Braves’ 400 freestyle re­lay (3:24.04), which won a state cham­pi­onship.

The Idaho High School Ac­tiv­i­ties As­so­ci­a­tion sanc­tioned swim­ming as an of­fi­cial sport last fall, but Satur­day marked the first state-spon­sored meet in Idaho his­tory. With it, the Boise boys and girls un­furled their first IHSAA state cham­pi­onship ban­ners on the stairs above the pool at the West Boise YMCA.

“Boise High has sup­ported us pretty well,” coach Jeff Er­win said. “They hang ban­ners like all the sports. But it’s not the United Dairy­men ban­ners. Hope­fully, we get a lit­tle recog­ni­tion and we can get a few more boys out.”

Trea­sure Val­ley schools dom­i­nated the 5A state meet, win­ning 20 of the 22 con­tested races, in­clud­ing all six re­lays. Mul­ti­ple in­di­vid­ual champs in­cluded Cen­ten­nial’s Maya Knut­son (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle), Tim­ber­line’s Eva Suggs (100 back­stroke, 100 freestyle) and Cap­i­tal’s Paul Shutt (100 freestyle, 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley).

The South­ern Idaho Con­fer­ence took the top four sports in the girls team race with Cen­ten­nial fin­ish­ing sec­ond, Moun­tain View third and Ea­gle fourth. The league also swept the top three spots in the boys race, with Ea­gle sec­ond and Cen­ten­nial third.

But the high­light of the day came in the boys 50 freestyle, when Ea­gle’s Luke Heikka and Jack Sev­er­son tied for first at 22.97 sec­onds.

BK RUN­NERS-UP

Bishop Kelly swept the 4A boys and girls state ti­tles last year. But the Knights came up just short of re­peat­ing, tak­ing sec­ond in both team races.

The boys fell 0.5 points shy of a fourth straight ti­tle as Cen­tury edged the Knights 186-185.5. Idaho Falls topped Bishop Kelly 181-160 in the girls race.

“I’m re­ally proud of the kids and where they placed,” Bishop Kelly co-coach Deb Hill said.

“It is a heart­break to lose by half a point, but that’s the way sports are, right? We’ll just try to come back and get it next year.”

Sopho­more Gabe Machado led Bishop Kelly to four gold medals, win­ning in­di­vid­ual ti­tles in the 100-yard back­stroke (52.41) and 500 freestyle (4:38.05). He also swam the lead leg of the 200 med­ley (1:43.36) and the an­chor leg of the 400 freestyle (3:28.59).

Fresh­man Jake Mar­tinez won the 200 freestyle (1:53.62) and swam on the 200 med­ley and 400 freestyle teams. And ju­nior Anika Rubocki won two in­di­vid­ual events for BK’S girls: the 100 but­ter­fly (58.46) and 100 back­stroke (59.17).

Satur­day’s meet marked the last one for Hill at the top of the Knights’ pro­gram. She’s led the Bishop Kelly pro­gram for 27 years but is step­ping back af­ter the sea­son as co-coach Sarah Hale takes over.

“It’s re­ally tough for me to step away com­pletely,” Hill said. “I’ll prob­a­bly al­ways be around be­cause it’s some­thing I’ve built over the last 27 years.”

Cald­well’s Vi­sion Char­ter was the only other Trea­sure Val­ley school to win a 4A in­di­vid­ual ti­tle, with Ric­cardo Moschen tak­ing first place in the boys 50 freestyle at 21.96 sec­onds.

PHO­TOS BY KATHER­INE JONES kjones@ida­hostates­man.com

The Boise 200-yard med­ley re­lay team cel­e­brates its win at the 5A state swim­ming cham­pi­onships at the Boise Aquat­ics Cen­ter on Satur­day.

Boise's Timothy Wong races to­ward a run­ner-up fin­ish in the in­di­vid­ual med­ley.

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