It never gets old for St. John’s Prep, no matter how dominating its performance is in the pool.
The Eagles won three events and added six seconds in breezing to their ninth straight state championship Sunday at MIT’s Zesiger Center.
St. John’s Prep earned 400.5 points, led by a 1-2 finish by sophomore Joseph Turk (50.98 seconds) and senior Alexander Swaim (51.50) in the 100-yard backstroke.
“Every single one has been special and incredible,” Eagles coach Tony Padvaiskas said of the program’s 10 overall state titles. “Our goal is never to win states, our goal is just to be the best team possible.”
The Eagles also won the 200-yard medley relay in 1:34.82, led by Swaim and Turk. They were joined by seniors Andrew Gillie and Anthony Petrozza.
Westford Academy was the only team in shouting distance, finishing with 302.5 points despite winning six events.
The Grey Ghosts finished second to St. John’s Prep for the second straight year, but gave the Eagles a tougher test this time.
“They beat us by double our score last year,” Westford coach Harriet Kinnett said of the Eagles. “We’re really doing our best and closing the gap on them.”
The competition between St. John’s and Westford was epitomized by the 100-yard butterfly, in which the Eagles’ Swaim and Ghosts sophomore Jack Koravos finished in a dead heat. The crowd erupted as the swimmers neared the finish and the No. 1 appeared next to both names on the scoreboard. Swaim and Koravos finished at 51.25.
Westford freshman Jason Jung won the 200 freestyle with a 1:40.58 time. He also won the 100 freestyle in 45.66, a meet record.
“It’s a nice start,” Jung said. “I really just tried to help our team get more points.”
Jung’s teammate, junior Brian Poon, took first in the 200 individual medley (1:49.37) and the 500 freestyle (4:32.29). His finish in the IM put him up for All-America consideration.
Jung, Poon, Koravos, and senior Henry Jiang won the 200 freestyle relay in a meet-record 1:26.04. Jung, Poon, Koravos, and sophomore Kyle Pilachowski got a win in the 400 freestyle relay, setting a meet record in 3:08.24.
Freshman Corben Miles of Acton-Boxboro won the 50 freestyle, finishing in a meet-record 21.12 seconds, while his team finished fifth with 145 points.
In the 100 breaststroke, Minnechaug senior Thomas Normoyle was first in 58.40 seconds, topping his event-best seed time of 59.21. Minnechaug finished 13th overall with 53 points.
On the diving board, it was Cambridge’s Gabriel Bamforth who made a splash, winning the 1-meter event with a score of 510.8 .