Trojan Bolts place eighth at Boys State Swimming

West-Liberty boys swimming competed in State meet Feb. 10 and 11.

Gianna Liu and Marie Stier

To finish their season, the Trojan Bolts competed in the 2023 state boys swim meet at the CRWC on Feb. 10 and 11. The team scored 136 points, placing them in eighth. Four individuals and two relay teams made it to finals. 

Max Gerke 24 placed eighth in both the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle with times of 1:45.11 and 4:53.84, respectively.

Holden Carter 24 placed second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.66 seconds and fourth in 100 backstroke with a time of 49.92.

Lukas Swanson 23 placed sixth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:46.94. 

Winston Fan ’26 placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.22.

The Trojan Bolts placed seventh in the 200 freestyle relay consisting of Ian Caballero 23, Christian Janis 23, Swanson and Gerke.

Swanson, Gerke, Carter and Fan placed ninth in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:12.40.

While the State Meet did not go as expected for the Trojan Bolts, Coach Byron Butler is proud looking back at the season. 

“You [have] to look at the season as a whole. Almost everybody on our team went lifetime best this season. [We] won a district title, which wasn’t something we thought we would necessarily be able to do. I’m just proud of the guys for still rallying,” Butler said.