Liberty’s Ian Everett finished in second place during the 200-yard freestyle for the Blue Jays in the North Kansas City Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 18.
Everett’s second-place finish also earned him a record as the fastest swimmer in school history for that event. His time of 1:41 was a full second faster than the previous school record that stood for three years.
“We are trying to figure out what his best events are for state,” head coach Chris Murphy said. “This week he did the 200 free, which he had never done before. He had a great weekend.”
Along with the 200-yard freestyle, Everett also took home a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly. His final time clocked him at 51.06, which was good enough for the second fastest time in Liberty’s history.
Caden Murphy also performed well for the Blue Jays taking second place in the 200 yard IM.
“This is the fastest this meet has ever been,” Chris Murphy said. “There was a pool record broken in half of the events. To have our guys swim as well as they did was definitely good to see.”
Liberty finished the meet in seventh place. According to Murphy, his swimmers are finding their groove with cohesion and big goals.
“The more the guys like each other, the better we swim. The team aspect of swimming always makes the individual faster,” Murphy said. “We have some lofty goals individually and for the relays. We took some steps to see those goals as a possibility.”
Liberty will compete next in Columbia at the Mizzou Aquatic Center on Saturday, Sept. 25.