SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Nevada Tigers boys' swim team completed its run in the Southwest Missouri Championships at Hillcrest High School Thursday. The Tigers were only allowed to take four of the seven members of the team to the event and all four posted strong enough preliminary times to come back and compete in the finals.
The Tigers came out of the event with one medal winner and state qualifier in Jesse Claypool. Claypool knocked a second off of his personal best time in the 100-meter breaststroke, taking sixth with a time of 1 minute, 3.78 seconds.
Claypool didn't need that medal-winning performance to qualify for state as he came into the district meet already knowing he would compete for a state champsionship. He posted a time good enough to qualify for this year's state championship meet in the 100-meter breastroke on Tuesday, Sept. 11, when the Tigers swam at the Seymour Invitational meet in Seymour, Mo. His time on that day was 1:04.6 -- 0.82 seconds slower than the time he posted in the Southwest Missouri Championships final -- and also earned him a gold medal.
Claypool also teamed up with Andrei Ziabchenko, Morgan Hold and Dalton Eador in the 200 medley relay and the Tigers dropped two seconds off of their all-time best in that event to finish in 1:53.72. Hold competed in one individual event as well, finishing the 50 freestyle in 25.56 seconds.
Eador competed in individual competition twice, finishing the 50 freestyle in 24.64 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 55.67. Ziabchenko competed on his own twice as well, finishing the 100 backstroke in 1:07.46 and and the 200 individual medley in 2:28.06.
"I am very proud of my team and could not have asked for more from the inaugural boys swim team," Watts said. "It was a great season for everyone and now Jesse and I will be getting his technique down to the last detail and will be looking to end his season on a high note next week!"
The 2012 MSHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving Championships are scheduled for Nov. 9 and 10, at the City of St. Peters Rec-Plex in St. Peters, Mo.