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Honoring our Boys Swim Individual State Champions


Posted on 03/21/2024

In community time, we celebrated our individual state champion boys swimmers! The team this year finished in 6th place at the division 3 state championship and won 3 event state titles in Division 3.  Their times for these wins were good enough that they beat the times over the other divsions as well! 

First, we honored Senior Ben Sytsma to celebrate his state titles in the 50 &100 yard freestyle!  Ben has won 4 state individual titles in his high school career.  2024 Swim highlights for Ben include setting new school records for:

  • 200-yard freestyle in 1:40.42 seconds
  • 50-yard freestyle in 19.98 seconds
  • 100-yard freestyle in 43.87 seconds.  

Ben was conference champion in all 4 of his events: 200 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, and the 400 freestyle relay.  Ben finished all-conference, all-state, academic all-state, he was swimmer of the state meet in Division 3 and also finished with All-American honors in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events!

The coaches thank Ben for his passion for our sport and his dedication to bettering himself as a person, as a student, and as an athlete in the weight room and the pool.   We thank his teammates and parents for encouraging and supporting him over these last 4 years and we are looking forward to what God has in store for him at Texas A&M next fall.  

Next, we honored the 200 freestyle relay of Ben Sytsma, Emmett Vance, Mace Boender and Max O'Grady for their state title.  They set a new school record in this event with a time of 1:24.56, the previous record from 2022 was 1:25.89 held by Luke Foll, Ben Rusticus, Cade Boender and Ben Sytsma. This relay finished with all-american consideration honors.

Thank you, gentlemen for your commitment to the team and representing not just our team and yourselves, but also your school and God. 

State Titles:

  • 50 Freestyle - Ben Sytsma - 19.98
  • 100 Freestyle - Ben Sytsma - 44.00
  • 200 Freestyle Relay - Ben Sytsma, Emmett Vance, Mace Boender, Max O'Grady - 1:24.56

All-American:

  • 50 Yard Freestyle - Ben Sytsma 19.96 (Automatic)
  • 100 Yard Freestyle - Ben Sytsma - 43.87 (Automatic)
  • 200 Yard Freestyle Relay - Ben Sytsma, Emmett Vance, Mace Boender, Max O'Grady - 1:24.56 (Consideration)
  • 400 Yard Freestyle Relay - Ben Sytsma, Emmett Vance, Evan Nelson, Max O'Grady - 3:07.82 (Consideration)

School Records:

  • 50 Freestyle - Ben Sytsma - 19.96
  • 100 Freestyle - Ben Sytsma - 43.87
  • 200 Freestyle - Ben Sytsma - 1:40.42
  • 100 Backstroke - Ben Sytsma - 50.66
  • 200 Freestyle Relay - Ben Sytsma, Emmett Vance, Mace Boender, Max O'Grady - 1:24.56
  • 400 Freestyle Relay - Ben Sytsma, Emmett Vance, Evan Nelson, Max O'Grady - 3:07.82

Congratulations to all of these athletes for their incredible accomplishments!

 

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