By John Cascella, Staff Writer
Take your marks, beep! The swimmers dive into the water. Their whole season has led up to this moment, making States.
In order to make States, competitors have to get their times under a certain cut or place in the top five at the Regionals meet. To make finals, swimmers have to place in the top 16 at preliminaries. The top eight make up the A Heat, and the other eight make the B Heat.
This year, the Jaguars were represented by Andrea Ducar (12) making it for the fourth year in a row; Austin Byrd (11), Will Landon (11), and Leo Goldblatt (11), all for the third time in a row; and John Cascella (alternate) (11), Jason Giroux (11), and Aidan Grady (10), all for the first time. The Jags are led by Coaches Peter Milligan and Hannah Basl.
Will Landon placed seventh in the Boys 100 Yard Butterfly with a time of 52.15, earning him a medal. He also placed 15th in the Boys 200 Yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:02.83.
The Boys 200 Yard Medley Relay, consisting of Goldblatt, Giroux, Landon, and Byrd, placed ninth with a time of 1:39.45. The Boys 200 Yard Freestyle Relay, consisting of Landon, Grady, Byrd, and Goldblatt, placed ninth with a time of 1:29.59.
Leo Goldblatt placed ninth in the Boys 200 Yard Freestyle with a time of 1:45.55 as well as fifth in the Boys 500 Yard Freestyle, a podium position.
Towson commit, Andrea Ducar, placed seventh in the Girls 100 Yard Butterfly with a time of 56.87, earning a medal, and 16th in the Girls 100 Yard Backstroke with a time of 1:00.55.
Maggie DiScipio (9) was the 5A State Dive Runner-up.