One of the most accomplished high school swimming careers is nearing its last lap.
Jack Boyd of Canisius will conclude a record-filled four years on Friday and Saturday at the New York State Swimming and Diving Championships in Webster.
Boyd is the two-time defending champion in the 200 and 500 freestyles. Last year he broke the Federation record in the 200 free in 1:36.19 and the State Catholic High School record in the 500 in 4:24.90.
This year Boyd is the No. 1 seed in the 200 meters in an automatic All-America 1:39.13. Boyd isn’t concerned he’s 3 seconds slower than last year’s winning time. He said he just wanted to put himself in a position to perform and he’ll be tapered and ready to go fast.
In the 500 free he’s the No. 2 seed in 4:29.62 behind Patrick Ransford of Section V Pittsford, who has a 4:25.63. Both times are automatic All-America. Boyd will continue his career at Harvard while Ransford has signed with Michigan. Together the pair has been competing against each other since they were 12-13 years old. Boyd distinctly remembers when they weren’t elite swimmers in the state. That has changed.
Their 500 race promises to be close. “You sort of need to know where your training has put you,” Boyd said about swimming the distance event. “You have to be a little fearless. You want to go out as fast as possible without dying, you have to fight through it. It’s really mentally hard to figure out your mass potential.”
Canisius qualified swimmers in nine of the 11 events. Luke Otto is in the mix in the 200 individual medley seeded No. 7 at 1:54.41. The Cruasders and Orchard Park qualified all three relays while Lockport and Clarence have two each.
Section VI has several swimmers who could make finals in the sprints. In the 50 free, there are four swimmers seeded in the top 10: Jordan Powers of Frewsburg/Southwestern (6th), Matt Marsh of Jamestown (7th), Tom Stoklosa of Frontier (9th) and Connor Mergler of Williamsville North (10th). Powers and Megler are 9-10 in the 100.
There are plenty of experienced swimmers in the relays with Lockport, Clarence and Orchard Park looking to move up with strong swims in the preliminaries.
Shooters take aim
The Clarence rifle team will represent Section VI in .22 caliber and Alden in air rifle at the New York State Rifle Regionals at West Point on Saturday.
The Red Devils shooters are: Anna May Lawrence, Eddie Schmitt, Jake Saeli, Matt Glauber and Karen Eisenberger. Alden’s best are: Albert Boucher, Noah Fox, Katie Kaminski, Melanie Hoffmann and Mike McMurtree.
Earning bids to states as Section VI all-stars were Rhianna Lichtenthal (Orchard Park) and Morgan DiMaria (Kenmore). It will be Boucher’s third trip to states while Kaminski and Lichtenthal qualified for a second time. Last year Alden was runner-up in .22 cal and air rifle and Section VI was runner-up to Section VIII Long Island in both.
Schmitt (prone), Fox (offhand), Glauber (kneeling), Fox (aggregate) and Boucher (air rifle) enter states as Section VI champions. Lichtenthal was the top shooter (average) in .22 while Boucher was tops in air rifle.