The Valor Boys Swim and Dive Team’s 2017 season concluded over the weekend with a State Runner-Up finish at the 4A State Swimming and Diving Championship.
Despite being small in numbers with only 22 athletes on the team, the Eagles had ten team members that competed at the Air Force Academy at an altitude of 7,258 feet. The coaches and athletic department are extremely proud of an incredible repeat Runner-Up finish in only our fourth season to field a team. The two days of competition produced:
Prelims – 20 total entries, 10 best times, and 5 new school records
Finals – 17 total entries, 10 best times, and 6 new school records
Valor battled with Golden and Thompson Valley for the Runner-Up position all afternoon, with the points advantage changing several times. In the first event of the meet, Valor’s 200 Medley Relay (Dylan Nasser, Caleb Kim, Lenny Den, Kyle McCarty) chained together some outstanding splits for a bronze medal finish and a new Valor school record, laying a strong foundation to build upon for the remainder of the competition. Senior Liam Dooley stepped into a lead role in the next event and fought hard for an impressive eighth place finish in the 200 Freestyle, a new best time and Valor school record in the process, while Junior Levi Gooden was 32nd in the 200 Freestyle prelims. Senior Dylan Nasser went like crazy in the 200 IM as he raced to a best time, new Valor school record, an All-American consideration time, and garnered a silver medal! In the 50 Freestyle, Valor made a big move: Sophomore Kyle McCarty steamed to a best time and 15th, sophomore Caleb Kim streaked to 7th, and junior Matthew Wyatt blazed to win a bronze medal with a best time and Valor school record.
In the 1-Meter Diving with an outstanding effort, sophomore Matthew King pressed to 26th in prelims, and sophomore Casey Fellows soared to bring home vital points and the diving bronze medal!
In the 100 Butterfly, Levi Gooden was 28th in prelims, while junior Lenny Den powered to a best time and much needed 12th place points, and Matthew Wyatt astounded with another best time bronze medal finish, and yet another Valor school record. The 100 Freestyle was highlighted by Liam Dooley swimming to a best time and an impressive and crucial 10th place finish. Then Thompson Valley moved ahead significantly in the point race for Runner-Up after the 500 Freestyle. Matthew Wyatt, Levi Gooden, Liam Dooley and Caleb Kim answered that challenge, teaming up in the 200 Freestyle Relay to chisel a Valor school record and pick up silver medals while doing it, reversing the momentum and setting the stage for a comeback. The Eagles made their move to retake the lead in the battle for State Runner-Up in the 100 Backstroke when Kyle McCarty nabbed 16th and a best time, Lenny Den claimed a game-changer eighth place, and Dylan Nasser nailed a huge fourth in a best time and logged another Valor school record. Freshman Dylan Jessen was impressive in the prelims of the 100 Breaststroke, finishing 24th with a best time as he competed like a veteran, and Caleb Kim ripped a 100 Breaststroke best time to bring home seventh place and a Valor school record while adding to the Eagles’ points lead. Finishing the day and cementing Valor’s Runner-Up title, the 400 Freestyle Relay of Matthew Wyatt, Liam Dooley, Kyle McCarty and Dylan Nasser blasted a season best time bronze medal performance. An outstanding two days of swimming and diving!
Congratulations to all our swimmers and divers on an incredibly successful season and fantastic fourth year for the Valor Boys Swim and Dive Team. This season saw new team records in nine events, a League Championship title, and Runner-Up at 4A State Championships!