Area swimmers will travel to St. Peters this week for the 2019 MSHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
The state championship event is set to begin on Thursday, Nov. 14 and will conclude on Saturday, Nov. 16 inside the St. Peters Rec-Plex.
All four area schools are sending representatives to the meet.
Liberty is sending three relay teams, eight individual swimmers and two divers while Liberty North will have three relays and four individual competitors represented in the Class 2 meet, running Friday and Saturday.
Kearney and Smithville will compete in the Class 2 meet, which runs Thursday and Friday. The Bulldogs have two relays and seven individual event performers, while the Warriors boast three relays and four individuals that will compete in races.
The Blue Jays, defending state runners-up, have three swimmers who will compete in two individual events while also contributing to relay races.
Tait Harvey will compete in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle races. He ranks second in the 200 and fourth in the 500. He’ll contribute to the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Caden Murphy will race the 200 IM and the 100 breaststroke, while also competing in the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Murphy ranks fifth in the 200 IM.
Alex Hill is slated to swim in the 100 backstroke, the 200 IM, the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Jacob Shaw (100 breaststroke), Zach Popejoy (50 freestyle) and Keegan Drake (100 butterfly) will participate in individual swims, while Ethan Freidel and Sam Jones will hit the diving boards.
Shaw will also contribute to the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. Shaw will team up with Popejoy, Nathan Hearst and Jacob Ahart in the 200 freestyle relay.
Adam Bosse will compete in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly while also assisting in two of the Eagles’ three relays.
Also taking part in two individual events, Andrew Augustine is set to compete in the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke and two relays — the 200 and 400 freestyle.
Jake Anderson-Jones will take part in three total events, including the 100 freestyle and 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
Keegan Morrow will have a hand in all three of the team’s relays, while also participating in the 500 freestyle.
The Eagles will have two swimmers to aid the 200 medley relay squad in Talon Beagle and Zak Proden.
The Bulldogs, who have placed in the top four at state in each of the last three seasons, is led by Vaughn Sloan.
Sloan, a reigning state champion in the medley relay and an all-stater, is scheduled to compete in four events — 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Scott Doll is slated to also compete in four events, including the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Carter Woods will be in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. Reese Meyer will partake in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Other state qualifying Bulldogs are: Micah Brant (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke); Adam Hoffman (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay); and Ridge McBride (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay).
Nathan Noll successfully qualified for state in each individual event this season.
Noll will compete in the 100 butterfly and the 200 freestyle events. He’s ranked second in the state in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 200 freestyle.
Noll will also contribute to two of the Warriors three relays — the 400 freestyle and 200 medley.
Brady Bell and Raymond Fugett also plan to compete in two state individual races. Bell will swim in the 100 breaststroke and the 200 IM, while Fugett is in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
Bell and Fugett will contribute to the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
Kolby Ruff is slated to race in the 100 freestyle event. He’ll also join the 400 freestyle and 200 medley relay teams. Joshua Rich, Tristan Pottebaum, Justin Coleman and Curtis Bollinger are making the trip to aid the relay teams.