Bemidji HS boys swimming: Wilcox becomes a state champion on banner day for four Jacks
The Bemidji Lumberjacks four-man swim team made history at the Class A State Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday, rolling up 145 points to take fourth place, both all-time school records.
It was a record breaking day for Bemidji which saw all of its six individual entrants and two relays score points, all but one in the championship finals.
"It was a remarkable accomplishment for having only four swimmers in the meet," said Coach Woody Leindecker. "We swam very well today and were as high as third place late in the meet before our lack of backstrokers and breaststrokers dropped us one notch."
Matt Wilcox led the way, wining the 100 freestyle in 45.96, a new school record and one gaining All-American status.
Dylan Hoven finished eighth in 48.81 to add another 11 points to the team total of 31 in the event.
Wilcox was second in the 200 free in 1:41.73 setting a new school record and one gaining All-American consideration,. Nate Yueh of Breck-Blake nosed him out at 1:41.50.
Paul Voss finished 12 in 1:48.78 as Bemidji scored 22 points.
Hoven finished fourth in the 50 free at 21:32, lowering his own school mark by 1/100 of a second. That mark also warranted All-American consideration.
That was worth 15 points for Bemidji,
Voss added another 11 with an eighth place finish in the 500 free in 5:18.85.
Bemidji's relays, which qualified third and second, retained those spots in the finals, good for 66 points.
The 200 of Hoven, Adam Falk, Voss and Wilcox finished in 1:27.59, almost a full second under its qualifying time.
The 400 unit of Falk, Hoven, Voss and Wilcox touched in 3:12.50, more than three seconds faster than its Friday finish.
That mark is also a new school record. Both relay finishes warrant All-American consideration.
The 145 points shattered the former school mark of 99 set in 1999.
The fourth place finish was well ahead of the ninth that year, a finish matched by last year's swimmers.
Though graduation will strip Wilcox and Voss this spring, the remainder of the team will be back next winter and another fine season is foreseen.