Swimming and Indoor Track Teams headed to States this weekend

SWIMMING

McQuaid Jesuit’s varsity swim team has five swimmers competing in the state meet tomorrow and Saturday at the Nassau Aquatic Center on Long Island.  The 200 yard medley relay consists of Max Murray’20, Michael Zeng ’22, Julian Joseph ’21 and Henry Smith ’21.  The 400 yard freestyle relay has Julian Joseph ’21, Keegan Bedford ’22, Henry Smith ’21, and Max Murray ’20.
In individual events, Max Murray ‘20 will be swimming the 200 yard IM, and is also seeded 5th in the 100 yard backstroke. Julian Joseph’21 will be swimming the 50 free and the 100 butterfly. Go Aquaknights!

INDOOR TRACK

Coach Todd Stewart has provided us with a detailed account of the “Meet Of Champions” from last weekend, which was the qualifier for the NYS Championships at Ocean Breeze on Staten Island on March 7.  Read on for Coach Stew’s writeup!

The Cream Rises to the Top

On Saturday, February 29th, McQuaid Jesuit took their talents to Gordon Fieldhouse at Rochester Institute of Technology to compete against Section V’s best of the best.
Coming off a brilliant Sectional performance, McQuaid was one of the most represented schools at the Meet of Champions (State Qualifiers) in multiple events. McQuaid had been eyeing a few events in particular in which a top finish or a second place and a state standard would advance them to the NYS Championships at Ocean Breeze on Staten Island March 7th.

Ryan Martin (Sr), the favorite coming into the 1,000 meter race looked strong, as he duplicated his sectional victory by coming across the line in first place for the second week in a row. His time of 2:36 was a comfortable finish over runner-up Gabe Watson of Rush Henrietta’s 2:39.

Martin would bounce back a couple of hours later in the 4×800 relay to join forces with teammates Connor Kerr (Jr), Josh O’Brien (Sr.) and Joe Scherer (Jr). McQuaid came in with the best time in Section V and would waste not time getting out in front. Kerr, the go to leadoff man bided his time in the first 400 meters and took over the lead from there. He would drive down the straightaway with about a 25 meter lead as O’brien was there to greet Kerr. O’Brien would continue to stretch McQuaid’s lead to to put Scherer in stable position. Scherer steadied himself for the first half of the leg before ripping home a strong last 300 meters that saw the Jesuits lead continue to grow. From there it was Martin for a smooth anchor leg as most threats were roughly 10 seconds back and would advance McQuaid to the State Championships for the first time since 2013 in that event.

In the 4×400 meter relay, the task looked a bit more daunting. With McQuaid coming in as the #2 seed and having yet to hit the state standard of 3:32.44, they would have to get creative to either win or push themselves below the standard. Alex Rita (Jr) who would lead off the Knights (as he was only in his second race back from a month long injury) would put the Knights in a solid runner-up position just behind Edison Tech for the first relay exchange. From there, Sophomore sensation and newcomer to the indoor team Parris Smiley (So) would close the gap on lap one and open up lap two with a lead and continued to put McQuaid out in front. He would then pass the baton to Sam Perozzi (Jr) who continued to open up the gap on Edison Tech before handing off the baton to another youthful member, sophomore Carson Larry (So). Larry would exceed expectations and held on for a great fight before being caught by Edison Tech on the homestretch, as the two runners battled shoulder to shoulder it would be ET with the momentum across the line. However, McQuaid would run their season best time by almost a full six seconds dipping well below the standard to his a time of 3:29.22. This is the eighth consecutive year that a Coach Sprague led 4×400 has broken the 3:30 mark. Earlier in the night, Jr’s Nick Wood and Jude Aman would help share the responsibilities along with Smiley and Perozzi in the trials to help advance McQuaid.

McQuaid had plenty to celebrate about. Many other athletes turned out to hit personal bests as well as exceed their seeded expectations.

3200 Meter Run: Max Chew (Sr.) (6th place) and Colin Brown (Fr.) (10 place)
1,600 Meter Run: JR Klee (Sr.) (10th place), Chew (15th place), Brown (A man for others)
1,000 Meter Run: Martin (1st place), Simon Minich (Sr.) (6th place), Danyon Hobbs (Sr.) (7th place) James Doerr (Jr.) (12th place)
55 Hurdles: Wood (5th place)
4×200 meter relay – Our young and up and comers squad of Josh Mauro (Fr.), Zach Lutzke (Jr.), Riley Bradley (8th) and James Kaeuper (So.) represented McQuaid in an 11th place finish.

In the Field of Dreams performances, McQuaid would see the 4-Horseman take action in the Weight Throw and Shot Put.

Jimmy Clanton (JR.) 8th (S.P) and 12th (WT)
Jacob Kimbrew (Jr.) 10th (S.P) and 13th (WT)
Aldrin Wilson (Jr.) 9th (S.P) and 11th (WT)
Josef Brunner (Sr.) 11th (S.P) and 7th (WT)

Long Jump – Wood (9th)
Triple Jump – Elijah Grant (Jr.) (8th)