Swimmers Continue State Qualifying Tradition

Update: Congratulations to the Eagles state swimming qualifiers! The results included the men's 200 medley relay placing 15th overall and Reid placing 3rd in the 100 yard butterfly and 7th in the 100 yard backstroke.

First Report: Swimming in Canton is nothing new for McKenzie Reid '21 and Mason Wilkson '21, but that doesn’t mean their third trip to the state swimming championship is any less exciting.

“It’s rewarding to see how it all plays out in the end,” said Reid, who won the district competition in the 100 butterfly and was 2nd place in the 100 backstroke.

She and Wilkson will individually compete in the state championship in those two races. Wilkson, along with Logan Brown '21, Matt LaBianco '22 and Andrew Kutter '21 will also compete in the 200 medley, with Logan Downey '21 as an alternate.

“It’s always fun to go to state,” Wilkson shared.

This season has brought changes in and out of the pool after longtime swim head coach Kate Corrado Whistler ‘90 passed away in July 2019. Assistant coach Ellen Brown was joined by new swim head coach Kevin Buskirk.

“He really worked with people to help them grow,” Reid reflected. “It’s been nice having the coaches work together and help the team improve.”

Wilkson agreed, “Coach Buskirk has been a positive influence for everyone on the team and he continued to have a positive spirit even when we had rough swims.”

The state semi-finals will take place on February 20 with the finals being held the next day. Good luck to all swimmers at state!

Posted February 20, 2020