From the first boys swim meet of the season, sophomore Joseph Killpack has been seeking the school record in the 100 back.
It fell at the final meet of the year, with Killpack swimming a 58.05 in the 100 yard back preliminaries at the State Swimming and Diving Championships in Laramie on Friday. It was a record set in 1994.
“I am super excited,” he said. “I was beginning to wonder if I would break it this year, but when I did the team rushed me and I was just so tired, I just fell into their arms. It was amazing.”
During the race Killpack knew he would be close to the time but wasn’t sure he got it when he first touched the wall.
“I was racing the kid that beat me in conference and my goal was to beat him,” he said. “In the middle of the race I felt the water right next to me and looked over and saw that I was neck-and-neck with him, so I gave it my all and when I hit the wall not only did I beat the record, I also beat him.”
Killpack finished sixth in the finals with a slightly slower time. It was the top finish for the Broncs during the meet. Coach Jason Koperski said he just got out-touched by the third, fourth and fifth place finishers.
“I sort of have mixed feelings because one I thought I could have placed higher, but on the other hand the competition was super tough and with how good they were I think I did pretty good,” Killpack said.
As a team Cody finished 11th overall with 22 points. Lander took first (342), Green River second (202) and Buffalo third (181).
“We don’t have the numbers to place high pointwise,” Koperski said. “But I couldn’t be more happy with how they did. They pushed hard and did as well as I could have hoped for.”
Bradley Fick made the consolation finals in the 200 free, finishing 12th in the event.
“I was super happy with my 200,” he said. “It was my best time by about one and a quarter seconds and I made it to the second day in it. It’s really nice to get under two minutes in the 200.”
Killpack also swam the 200 IM and Fick the 500. Both swam personal bests but didn’t make it out of the preliminaries. Koperski said all the events during the meet were extremely fast.
“The 500 was good,” Fick said. “I cut six seconds off my time, and although I’m happy with the time, I am disappointed that I missed the second day by less than a second.”
Trevor Freyder was the other Bronc in an individual event. He earned a PR in the 50 but didn’t make it to the second day.
“The 50 free is a matter of split seconds,” Koperski said. “It’s one of the hardest races. You had to swim 23 and under to make it in the top 12 so it was really fast. He did a great job.”
In the relays, the 200-yard-medley team of Killpack, William Law, Fick and Freyder finished eighth, while the 400-yard-free team of Joren Vipperman, Freyder, Killpack and Fick took 12th.
“The medley did great, we swam a 1:52, which is an amazing time,” Fick said. “I’m very happy with how we did, as we all swam personal best times in the relay.”
Koperski said the 400 relay all swam under a minute during the prelims and went into the finals in ninth place.
“They swam super fast times,” he said.
The 200 free relay of Vipperman, Jonah Woods, Andrew Eissinger and Ethan Hope was disqualified for a false start.
“We had a little bit of bad luck but it was a good learning experience,” Koperski said.
State Swimming and Diving Championships
200 yard medley relay – 8. Cody (Joseph Killpack, William Law, Bradley Fick, Trevor Freyder) 1:52.26.
200 yard free – 12. Fick 2:00.60.
200 yard IM - 14. Killpack 2:18.77.
50 yard free – 24. Freyder 25.66.
500 yard free – 13. Fick 5:34.24.
100 yard back – 6. Killpack 58.83.
400 yard free relay - 12. Cody (Joren Vipperman, Freyder, Killpack, Fick) 3:52.22.