The Aquatic Owls, the school’s varsity swim team, entered its postseason this past weekend as it competed in the Shelby County Championship Meet, held this past Saturday at the University of Memphis.
The Owls swam very well, winning several races and claiming second as a team, its seventh-straight runner-up finish in this meet.
One of the wins came from sophomore Alexander Kaltenborn in the 500-free.
Going into the race, Kaltenborn was seeded second, a full seven seconds behind CBHS’s Chris McCall. The first 100 yards Kaltenborn was even with the CBHS swimmer; the next 300 yards he started inching ahead; and the last 100 he took control of the race as he placed first, swimming a personal best time of 4:53.38, almost a second and a half faster than the CBHS swimmer. This occasion was also the second time this year Kaltenborn reset the MUS record in the 500 free.
The Owls claimed another win in the event right before the 500 free, the 100-yard freestyle.
Chris Kennedy outswam a good CBHS swimmer by a second and a half in the race as he outkicked his competitor in the last twenty-five yards to win and reset the school record once again.
Kennedy now owns MUS records in the 100 free, 200 free, 50 breast, 100 IM, 200 IM, 50 fly, and 100 fly. He also is a member of two school-record relay teams, joining with Johnny Dillon, Peterson Wellford, and Forrest Wortham on the 200-medley team and Kaltenborn, Dillon, and Tucker Witte on the 400-free team. The 400-free relay team has taken nine seconds off the record time, set last year at state.
Kennedy and Kaltenborn also had second-place finishes, and all three MUS relays placed second. Wellford placed third in the 50 back, and Dillon took third in the 100 back. Most importantly though, the MUS team had fourteen personal best times, one of which was a twenty-four-second improvement by Richard Twardzik in the 500 free.
Though the Owls fell to CBHS for the overall title, every MUS swimmer and relay team that entered placed and scored points. The Owls posted wins over Germantown, Briarcrest, Lausanne, ECS, Bartlett, Bolton, Collierville, Houston, St. Benedict, MHEA, White Station, and St. George’s.
The team is led this year by seniors Kennedy, Jack Montgomery, Kenny Krzyzkowski, Owen Mercer, Mark Vives, and Luke Wynn. They lead a team of twenty-seven, consisting of the six seniors, six juniors, six sophomores, and nine freshmen. The entire team competed in the County Meet as they finished with 543 points.
The last meet of the year will be the State High School Championships, to be held in two weeks in Nashville. With no divisions between public and private schools in Tennessee, the two-day state meet will consist of over one-hundred teams and over one-thousand athletes.
Nine MUS swimmers obtained qualifying times to compete at this meet and will be swimming in individual events: Kennedy, the lone senior; juniors Dillon, Robert Vestal, Witte, and Wortham; sophomores Kaltenborn, John Straton, and Wellford; and freshman Tony Bui. The Owls will also participate in at least three relays.