The Wichita Collegiate swim team had an incredible showing at the state meet, held this weekend in Topeka. We won multiple state titles, ending the tournament with a 3rd place team finish!
Collegiate started the meet strong, quickly earning with their first state title in the 200-yard medley relay, swam by Evan Yang, Joseph Gadalla, Adam Sandid, and Derek Yang. The boys went a time of 1:35.38, only 0.36 seconds off the state record!
Adam Sandid then took the state title and set a new state record in the 200-yard freestyle, with a time of 1:39.92. The time posted by Sandid broke the old state record by almost 1 whole second. It is in fact so impressive, that it is a consideration time for All-American! In that same event, Paul Mines and Harry Ling took 11th and 13th, respectively.
The team did great across the board in many of the events. Evan Yang placed 13th in the 200-yard individual medley. Derek Yang took 3rd in the 50-yard freestyle, with Joseph Gadalla right behind in 4th place. Derek Yang then went on to take 4th place in the 100-yard butterfly. Adam Sandid was runner up in the 100-yard freestyle, with Paul Mines placing 13th in the same race. Harry Ling also placed 9th in the 500-yard freestyle.
Early on in the competition Collegiate set a new state record in the 200-yard freestyle at prelims with a time of 1:26.10. That same relay, swum by Derek Yang, Paul Mines, Joseph Gadalla, and Adam Sandid, took the state title at finals, and was only 0.05 seconds away from breaking their own record.
To finish up, Evan Yang took 8th place in the 100-yard backstroke. Joseph Gadalla took 4th in the 100-yard breaststroke, and freshman Nathan Lynch took 15th in the same event. Collegiate ended the meet with a 6th place finish in the 400-yard freestyle swam by Paul Mines, Charlie Nolan, Harry Ling, and Evan Yang.
In addition to the individual state title and 3rd place team finish, we also had multiple swimmers given more honors at the end of the meet. Joseph Gadalla was nominated 2nd team all-state and both Derek Yang and Adam Sandid were nominated 1st team all-state. Adam Sandid was honored once more and awarded athlete of the meet! Wow, Spartans! We could not be more proud of your hard work and your impressive showing at the state meet!