Rails See District Success; Qualify to State Meet!

Districts. Some would argue it’s the biggest meet of the year since it’s where the chance to swim at State is on the line. It truly is the culmination of an entire season of work.

Saturday, Feb. 2, teams across the state were racing at five district sites to compete for 24 state spots in each event. One day, one race – all on the line. The Rails earned spots in the 200 Free Relay, 400 Free Relay, 100 Fly and 100 Back!

The meet started off great with a season-best time in the medley relay. From there, the guys saw time drops, new personal bests, podium appearances and more.

Meet Stats

  • Dropped 3.1% off seed times as a team, with some guys dropping over 4%!
  • Set three Top 5 All-Time records
    • 200 Free
    • 200 Free Relay
    • 400 Free Relay
  • Appeared on the podium six times
    • 200 Medley Relay
    • 200 Free
    • 200 Free Relay
    • 100 Fly
    • 100 Back
    • 400 Free Relay

Go Rails!

Meet Highlights
Below are some highlights from the meet. Congratulations to everyone!

  • Medley Relay (Santiago, Schumacher, Slycord, Neifert) dropped to a season-best time of 1:45.61 and took 6th place overall!
  • 200 Free
    • Konnor Klocke took 5th overall with his 1:50.24 swim, a drop of over 3 seconds! Plus he took 5th place in the Top 5 All-Time.
    • Derek Webster dropped 5 seconds to a personal best 1:59.55 and took 10th overall!
    • Gabe McCollough finished 11th with his 2:01.03
  • In the 200 IM, Keaton Basinger took 11th overall with an impressive 7 second drop to a personal best 2:20.89
  • 50 Free
    • Will Bennett took 7th with his 22.65
    • Logan Neifert took 10th in a 22.98
    • Matt Gudenkauf took 18th with his 25.04
  • In the 100 Fly:
    • Javier Santiago took 5th overall with his time of 54.78
    • Matt Gudenkauf took 11th with a 1:00.08.
  • In the 100 Free:
    • Will Bennett took 8th and dropped 2.5 seconds to a 49.74!
    • Konnor Klocke finished 12th overall with his 50.83, a drop of 2 seconds
    • Shaun Slycord finished 14th overall with his 51.57, a personal best.
  • In the 500 Free:
    • Gabe McCollough finished 8th with 5:36.99
    • Tyler Skalicky finished 10th and dropped 11 seconds (!) to 5:45.87
    • Trystan Thomas finished 13th and dropped to a best time of 5:57.43
  • 200 Free Relay (Klocke, Bennett, Slycrod, Neifert) raced to a 1:30.66, finished 4th overall and took the 4th place spot in the Top 5 records
    • They’ve got their sights set on the moving up though as less than .4 separates them from 3rd, 2nd or even a new school record!
  • In the 100 Back:
    • Javier Santiago raced to 5th place overall with a 55.48
    • Derek Webster finished 15th with his 1:07.91
  • In the 100 Breaststroke, Noah Schumacher raced to a 1:12.42 and finished 10th
  • 400 Free Relay (Klocke, Bennett, Slycord Santiago) raced to 4th overall and dropped over 7 seconds to 3:21.40! They’re also 4th in the Top 5!
  • Bonus! Keaton Basinger earned his Sub :60 shirt in the post-meet time trial, swimming a 57 in the 100 Free!

Here’s some photos from the meet!

Most of these pictures were taken by Chris Pose. He provides them to all teams free of charge and our parents/fans can use them for personal use too. View more at https://cposephoto.pixieset.com. You can contact us for the password, though we tried to include all Rails swimmers found in his album below.

More photos snapped by fans and family can be found on the team’s photo website.


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