In front of a standing-room only crowd, the Spartans competed with the elite swim teams of 5A at the State Championship Meet. As an indication of the staggering competition, spectators were treated to swimmers qualifying for All-America consideration and even a backstroker under the Junior Nationals standard. The Spartan state team was not as deep in numbers, but deep in effort and heart. Coach Huff would like to recognize Murray swimmers who earned team points or set a PR at the state meet.
Soren Selph (Sr.) was the top swimmer for Murray. He finished 12th in 5A for both of his signature events, the 50 free and 100 free. Soren raced the 50 free of his life. With a time of 22.79, he broke a 23-second barrier and slashed his PR by 0.47 seconds. A blistering drop for a sprint decided by hundredths of a second. In the 100 free, he swam below 51 seconds for the first time with a PR of 50.86.
Cooper Greene (Sr.) finished 16th in 5A for the 100 back. He closed out hard in the final yards, improving his region time by 0.2 seconds to 58.38.
Morgan Underwood (Sr.) posted a 1-second drop in the 100 breast at region, only to cut another 0.3 seconds at state. She made the most of her last high school race by finishing 13th in 5A. With a PR of 1:12.78, she swam below 1:13 for the first time.
Cameron Wright (Jr.) placed 15th in 5A for the 100 breast. In his best race to date, he outswam both of his region splits and touched the wall with a PR of 1:04.84.
Eden Preston (Jr.) was strong and steady in the long-distance freestyle events. In her best event, the demanding 500 free, she persisted to a PR of 5:39.74. In the 200 free, she improved her region time by a full second. On the wings of a second wind in the final 100 meters, her new PR is 2:06.82.
Oaklee Greenland (Jr.) dropped more than 0.3 seconds in the 200 IM with her fastest butterfly leg of the season. She now holds a PR of 2:22.83 in the 200 IM. She also improved her time in the 100 breast to 1:15.74.
Holden Cheney (So.) also continued to peak following his region performance. He raced to 14th in 5A for the 100 fly. After improving by 2.3 seconds two weeks earlier, he cut another 0.3 seconds at state with a time of 55.88. Similarly, he set a PR of 58.87 in the 100 back amidst a dogfight of a heat with the top three finishers separated by 0.05 seconds.
The boys 200 free relay team blazed a 1:34.21, their fastest time of the season by 0.3 seconds. Soren Selph, Holden Cheney, Cameron Wright, and Cooper Greene led Murray to a top 10 finish in 5A.
The boys 400 free relay team wrecked their former season best by more than 3 seconds. Soren Selph, Lincoln Yospe, Eric Thackeray, and Cooper Greene all topped their region splits by 0.4-1.0 seconds.
Overall, the Spartan boys team placed 16th at state. For additional results, click here. Congrats to all of our state swimmers! You made us proud.
At the end-of-season banquet, Coach Huff awarded special distinctions to the following swimmers:
Swimmer of the Year – Soren Selph (Sr.), Morgan Underwood (Sr.)
Most Dedicated – Cameron Wright (Jr.), Eden Preston (Jr.)
Most Improved – Tyler Jacobsen (Fr.), Tylee Peak (So.)
Rookie of the Year – Michael Correa (So.)
A Varsity Letter was earned by the following swimmers:
Holden Cheney (So.), James Collings (Jr.), Cooper Greene (Sr.), Devin Jessop (Fr.), Soren Selph (Sr.), Kelton Stock (Jr.), Eric Thackeray (Jr.), Caleb Wilkerson (Sr.), Cameron Wright (Jr.), Lincoln Yospe (So.)
Kelle Baer (So.), Heide Bleizeffer (Sr.), Oaklee Greenland (Jr.), Brooke Horton (Fr.), Beth Laver (Sr.), Tylee Peak (So.), Sierra Peterson (Fr.), Eden Preston (Jr.), Morgan Underwood (Sr.), Rachel Walton (Sr.)
With the swim season in the books, the team is now focusing all energies on water polo in defense of their state title. You can follow the Murray Water Polo Team here.