This story has been amended to correct several factual errors and omissions.
At one-tenth of a second, one blink is ten times slower than what prevented Hickman’s Kyle Holzum from taking gold in Saturday’s 100-yard backstroke championship.
As it was, Holism’s new personal best and school-record time of 51.11 seconds was good enough for a silver medal behind Cooper Scarf of St. Louis University High.
Holism was the highest placing Kewpie in the Class 2 State Championship, helping Hickman garner a 13th-place finish one year after finishing sixth.
Another Kewpie, sophomore Sam Ragsdell, finished in seventh place in the 50-yard freestyle.
Rock Bridge, the 2017 state champion, finished in fifth place after amassing several individual podium performances. This is an improvement over their ninth place finish last season.
Oakley Lorson flew through the 200-yard freestyle race, taking first place. The senior’s 1:41.86 was almost three seconds faster than his qualifying preliminary time. Lorson also posted a new school record time in the 100-yard butterfly. Loren’s 50.67 came up just short of a second gold medal, though, as Lee’s Summit North junior Lance Godard clocked in a half-second ahead of the Bruin.
Turner DeArmond and Jackson Veltrop placed back-to-back in the 500-yard freestyle, posting times of 4:38.99 and 4:41.36, good for second and third place, respectively.
Sophomore Nick Clervi finished in ninth place in the 100-yard backstroke and got 10th place in the 200-yard individual medley.
Jackson Veltrop and Jack Koller both had individual successes on Saturday, earning new personal bests. Veltrop’s 1:46.35 finish in the 200-yard freestyle placed 14th and Koller’s 1:01.91 in the 100-yard breaststroke placed 11th.
In the Class 1 State Championship, Battle's AJ Huskey came in first place in the 100-yard butterfly and second place in the 200-yard IM.
Mavericks drop to 2-5 after tough losses in Kansas City
Mid-Missouri Home School drove west on Saturday, taking on Kansas City East Christian Academy and the Omaha Lightning.
MMHS fell to both nonconference schools despite strong individual performances.
The Mavericks spread out the scoring, with Elijah Robinson putting up 18 in the 49-68 loss to Omaha and Shelomi Miner and Noah Haskamp combined for 24 in the 47-55 loss to KCECA.
Hickman and Rock Bridge run at Nike Midwest Regional
Two Columbia teams traveled to LaVern Gibson Championship XC Course in Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday to compete in Nike’s Midwest Regional 5000mK race. The athletes ran against teams from across the midwest, including squads from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Missouri.
The Hickman girls finished ninth in the meet, led by junior runner Elizabeth Henderson, who placed 24th overall. The top five Kewpies posted an average time of 20:46.
Rock Bridge fell behind the Kewpies, placing 15th despite a blazing time from freshman Carolyn Ford. Ford finished fourth with a time of 18:23.
The Hickman boys failed to place a runner in the top 100 and fell to 35th place overall. The top Kewpie runner, Ely Yoseph, managed a 17:31 finish.
The Rock Bridge boys’ top five average time of 16:27 put the Bruins in 16th place. Matthew Hauser paced the Bruins, placing 20th with a time of 15:51.