Augustine breaks time barrier twice during North Kansas City Invitational

Andrew Augustine comes up for air during his 100-yard breaststroke on Saturday, Sept. 18. Augustine finished second overall during the race.

Liberty North’s Andrew Augustine had only broken the minute barrier in the 100-yard breaststroke once in his career before the North Kansas City Invitational two-day event.

He would break that mark twice on back-to-back days for the Eagles on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17 and 18. Head coach Mark Warner was happy with his swimmers’ performance.

“Hopefully, something to build off of with the rest of the season,” Warner said.

Augustine has been trying to break that mark over the course of the past year. His doing so earned a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke.

“It’s something else,” Augustine said. “Breaking a minute last season was a huge milestone. Doing it [on Friday] felt amazing, and having to fight the waves and fatigue today was a really good sign. I can’t wait to see what I do at the next big meet.”

The Eagles finished in fifth place overall with strong performances from Jake Anderson-Jones, who placed fourth in the 100 freestyle, and Baxter Brecht, who took eighth in both the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle.

“First big meet we have had in a couple of years,” Warner said. “I think our guys stepped up, I couldn’t be more pleased with how they swam.”

The Eagles will continue to work hard and build off of the strong times from the weekend according to Warner. But, it’s the team’s hard work during the meet that means the most to Augustine.

“It’s an amazing group, we’re not the biggest team,” Augustine said. “Placing fifth overall with amount of guys we have is something special.”

Liberty North will compete next in Columbia at the Mizzou Aquatic Center on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Sports Writer Liam Keating can be reached at sports@mycouriertribune.com, 389-6643 or @myctsports on Twitter.

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