Prep Swimming: Washington Keeps Streak Going, Wins 50th Straight District Title

By Mike Condon, Reporter

Swimmers dive at the beginning of Heat 4 of the Men's 200 Yard Individual Medley at the district swimming championships at Mercer Aquatic Center in Iowa City on February 2, 2013. (Kaitlyn Bernauer/The Gazette-KCRG9)

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Cedar Rapids Washington came up golden Saturday.

The Warrior boys’ swimming team continued one of the most amazing winning streaks in state history, capturing its 50th consecutive district championship in convincing fashion over seven other teams at the Mercer Aquatic Center.

Washington used its superior depth to finish with 327 points, easily outdistancing Iowa City West (213) and Cedar Rapids Kennedy (206).

As has been the case in many years, the efforts of all carried the day. Washington won just three of the 11 events contested but had multiple scorers in several events.

“We may not win as many events, but we have the kind of team where we have kids finish second and some others score as well,” Washingtoncoach Chris Cruise said. “In a meet like this, that makes all the difference.”

Several former Warrior swimmers were on hand to watch history be made. And when the district championship banner was in hand, the celebration was on.

“A lot of former alums came here today to watch us swim,” Cruise said. “ We received a lot of notes and emails from people this week wishing us well. The kids were very aware of what today meant.”

Sophomore Jared Thorson won the 100-yard butterfly and swam on the winning 200 and 400 free relays.

“This is an indescribable feeling,” Thorson said. “It was all about the team today. We needed everybody to come through and everybody did.”

Cruise believes the Warriors will have plenty left for Saturday’s state meet at Marshalltown.

“We know we still have more work to do,” he said. “We will enjoy this over the weekend, but we wanted to get as many kids to state as possible and we think we did very well in that area.”

The individual stars were Iowa City West underclassmen. Freshman Mark McGlaughlin and Aidan Keen each won two titles — McGlaughlin the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Keen the 200 and 500 freestyles. Sophomore Matt Anderson won the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke.

“We knew this was (Washington’s) day,” McGlaughlin said. “Next week (at state) is our goal.”

West won the 200 medley relay.

Cedar Rapids Kennedy senior Chandler Heisler won the 50 freestyle and had solid swims in other events. He was named the district swimmer of the year.

Washington’s staff was named district coaching staff of the year.

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