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BOYS SWIMMING: Local squads set for state championships

SoMo Sports staff reports


The Joplin area will once again be well-represented at the MSHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving Championships. 

Joplin has entries in the Class 2 meet, while Carthage, Webb City, Monett and Nevada will have athletes competing at the Class 1 event. 

The Class 1 meet is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, while the Class 2 event will be held on Friday and Saturday at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.




The Joplin Eagles will compete in six events at the Class 2 state championships.

Joplin junior standout Nathan Wardlow qualified for the state meet in two individual events, the 500-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke. 

Wardlow is seeded ninth in both events. He’ll also compete on two relays. 

Eagles junior Parker Hinman qualified in the 100 backstroke. 

The Eagles swam qualifying times in all three relays during the regular season.

The 200 medley relay will feature Wardlow, Hinman and seniors Jackson Mordica and Ian Vermillion. 

The team’s 200 freestyle relay consists of sophomore Isaiah Thom, Vermillion, junior Jordan Goins and Mordica.

Joplin’s 400 freestyle relay features Wardlow, Vermillion, Thom and Hinman. 

Relay alternates are juniors Connor Intessimone and Gideon Speer and freshman Owen Mordica.




The Central Ozark Conference champion Carthage Tigers will be represented in nine of the 12 events at the Class 1 state championships. 

The Tigers qualified for state in all three relays.

Senior Kellen Frieling, junior Braxton McBride and sophomore Will Wright qualified in two individual events apiece.

Frieling will compete in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke, while McBride advanced in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle. Wright qualified in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke, while sophomore Maveric Allphin will compete in the 100 breaststroke. 

In addition to Frieling, McBride, Wright and Allphin, seniors Noah Blackford, Ben Rogers and Daryl Martin, juniors Ryan Steinbach, Aydan Nye and Emerson Ixcol and sophomores Carter Yost and Hayden Wilkinson are options and alternates on the three relays. 



Webb City will be represented in four events. 

Webb City senior Micah Brouwer qualified in two individual events, the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke. 

Sophomore Grant Humphrey will compete in the 1-meter diving competition. 

The Cardinals swam a qualifying time in the 400 freestyle relay, with junior Adrien Black, senior Aiden Patterson, freshman Cole Dalton and senior Steve Kenlee the likely foursome. 

Sophomore Dalton Spence, junior Dagan Chacon, freshman Isaac Shipley and freshman Quentin Custenborder are listed as alternates for the relay.



The Monett Cubs will compete in seven events.

For Monett, junior Jonathan Apostol qualified in the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke, while senior Ryan Goodson advanced in the 50 free and the 100 free.

The Cubs qualified in all three relays.



The Tigers will compete in four events. 

Nevada sophomore Trace Gould advanced in the 100 breaststroke and classmate Kolton Evans qualified in the 100 backstroke. 

Nevada qualified in two relays — the 200 and the 200 freestyle.


MORE INFORMATION: MSHSAA: Boys Swimming & Diving Championship Information Central


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