It’s been a banner day for the city of Maize in swimming, as Maize South took home the AVCTL Division 2-4 championship and just a few hours later the Maize Eagles took home the AVCTL Division one championship.
This was the fifth straight AVCTL Division One championship for the Eagles and head coach Hussein Yassine.
“It’s cool that you can break the four-year cycle and continue to win consistently,” Yassine said. “Usually you have the four year rotation.”
The Eagles won the title by 80 points, scoring 320 points. Derby came in second place with 260 points, Newton had 164 for third, next was Salina Central with 153 for fourth. Fifth was Salina South with 148 points, Campus had 136 points for sixth and Hutchinson came in last with 114 points.
Maize began the meet with a victory in the 200 yard medley with a time of 1:44.03. Derby was a close second at 1:48.21; this would set the tone for the entire meet as the Panthers would be nipping at the Eagles all meet long.
Preston Barley won the second event, the 200 yard Freestyle, for the Eagles with a time of 1:46.05, and once again Derby would follow up with a second place finish at 1:57.75 set by Liam Ormiston.
Kyle Allison won the 200 yard Individual Medley, the third event in a row for Maize who was out to a blistering start in the championship dominating early.
Maize’s Christopher Clemons won the 50 yard Freestyle sprint with a time of 22.12, however Derby began a slight comeback finishing second and third with Carl Mayou and Tristan Ward.
Salina Central took home first in the diving competition with Kyler Bell and Campus came a close second with Brandon Elkins.
Chris Clemons set an AVCTL record in his second event of the afternoon in the 100 yard Butterfly. Clemons destroyed the competition with a 51.84, the next closest time was Derby’s Carl Mayou who stopped the clock at 57.27.
“I just kind of came out of nowhere,” Clemons said. “It was definitely a goal of mine, but I didn’t think I would get it by that much.”
In the 100 yard Freestyle Preston Barley took home first place for the Eagles. But when the 500 yard Freestyle had ended the Panthers were right back on the Eagles’ talons. Derby took first and second in the 500 with Kole Nottingham and Liam Ormiston respectively.
By this time the Panthers were within 13 points of the Eagles’ lead, but Maize proved to just have too much talent for the competition.
“We thought we could win every event, but we didn’t plan on it,” Yassine said. “We always knew the 500 was our weak spot this year. We knew if we could get out of the 500 with the lead we’d be alright.”
As if there was ever any doubt, after the 500, the Eagles swept the last four events to take home the championship and garner some confidence before state competition.
“It’s a huge confidence booster heading into state,” Yassine said. “You just won league, you swam well, but you know you have things that you can tweek.”