Lib­erty’s Witzki, Lee’s Sum­mit North’s Worth head­line Class 2 meet

The Kansas City Star - - Sports - BY GREG UPTAIN Spe­cial to The Star

The mo­ment brought Noah Witzki and his mother to tears.

The Lib­erty High School se­nior had just cap­tured the 100-yard back­stroke ti­tle at the Mis­sour Class 2 Boys Swim­ming and Div­ing Cham­pi­onships on Fri­day at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. Each event’s win­ning head coach usu­ally drapes the medals around the necks of the top eight fin­ish­ers, but Blue Jays coach Chris Mur­phy de­ferred to his as­sis­tant:

Noah’s mom, Stacy Witzki.

“It was re­ally spe­cial be­cause I’ve worked so long and ded­i­cated so much time to this,” Noah Witzki said. “It was a re­ally emo­tional race, es­pe­cially to see my mom af­ter. It was a re­ally big deal.”

Stacy Witzki said to be able to put the medal on the youngest of her three swim­ming sons and give him a big hug was the cul­mi­na­tion of coach­ing him since he was 5.

“It was a pretty in­cred­i­ble mo­ment,” she said of her son, who will com­pete for Mis­souri State next year. “He’s worked so hard and it’s in­cred­i­ble that he has made it to where he’s at. I can’t even put into words how much it means to me. I was a swim­mer and I’ve been able to do this with all three of my boys and he’s my last one.”

Witzki’s ti­tle and a batch of other good swims helped Lib­erty com­pile 235 points, which was good enough for a sec­ond-place fin­ish, just 15 points be­hind Class 2 cham­pion St. Louis Univer­sity High.

“It’s the best we’ve ever fin­ished by far,” Mur­phy said. “We wanted to come here and win and we came up short, but I couldn’t be more proud of th­ese guys. We didn’t lose it, I think SLUH went out and took it. They swam out of their minds and we swam great, too, but it just didn’t work out for us. But, it was a great year over­all.”

Lee’s Sum­mit North sopho­more Daniel Worth had a ban­ner day on Fri­day, win­ning a pair of in­di­vid­ual ti­tles to go along with a pair of re­lay ti­tles. And each of those ti­tles came with a new Class 2 record.

Worth won the breast­stroke with a time of 55.12 sec­onds. He cap­tured the 200-in­di­vid­ual med­ley ti­tle with a time of 1:50.18. The Bron­cos’ win­ning 200-med­ley re­lay and 200-free re­lay teams each con­sisted of Worth, ju­nior An­drew Ben­nett, and se­niors J.P. Hynes and Grant Go­dard.

“I’m re­ally happy with four Class 2 records. That’s re­ally cool,” Worth said. “But I would have loved to have bro­ken that (27-year-old) over­all record in the 100-breast. That was the goal over­all for the sea­son.”

Lee’s Sum­mit North also picked up a team tro­phy (top four) with a fourth-place fin­ish (201 points).

“It’s al­ways good to bring home a tro­phy from state,” Bron­cos coach Brian Ray said. “We’ve been train­ing for it all year. We have this great pool of ta­lent and we had to cap­i­tal­ize on it. It was just a great group of guys that were able to pull it off.”

Rock­hurst se­nior Dy­lan Nill was the other area win­ner in Class 2, as he won the 500-free with a time of 4:33.60 to even up the brag­ging rights at the din­ner ta­ble.

“My brother (Collin) did it, so I wanted to do it,” Nill said.

Sev­eral other area ath­letes had a close call with cham­pi­onship glory, as Hynes (50-free and 100free), Lib­erty se­nior Cameron Mur­phy (500-free) and Blue Springs South diver Alex Burt all claimed sec­ond-place fin­ishes.

Noah Witzki

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