Swimming and Diving States
By Rachel Costantini
Swimming and diving states took place March 18-19 at Bucknell University. Four swimmers advanced to states, Mahlon Reihman, Daniel Bonge, Ben Wiener, and Tim Sechler-Stone, along with Salisbury’s only two divers, Tyler Keller and Daniel Bujcs.
The boys team finished tied for 8th place with 73 points. The defending state champion in the 200 freestyle, Mahlon Reihman, led the team in points, scoring 40. Mahlon had a spectacular performance at states taking home two gold medals. Reihman was seeded first in both of his events, the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, but the times he swam still surprised everyone. Reihman finished the 200 in 1:38.82, a new school record and personal best. This time was only .5 seconds off of the state record, which Reihman hopes to break next year. Reihman also got first place in the 100 freestyle, the event he was touched out in last year and finished second. His time was 45.58, which broke Jon Anderson’s 100 freestyle school record by .3 seconds.
Daniel Bonge scored 14 points for the falcons. He took 9th place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.34, a personal best. Bonge placed 12th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.22. Salisbury also sent a relay team to states, which consisted of Reihman, Bonge, Wiener, and Sechler-Stone. The 400 freestyle relay team finished 21st with a time of 3:24.65. The relay team did not make it to finals, but still had an outstanding performance.
Salisbury divers, Tyler Keller and Daniel Bujcs, both made it to the finals in diving. Keller took 7th place with 362.85 points. Keller hoped to do better since he got 6th place last year at states, but still was happy with his 7th place finish. Bujcs, who did not qualify for states last year, finished out his high school diving career with a 10th place finish at states with 334 points.
The boys swimmers and divers put on a spectacular performance on Friday and Saturday, which made Salisbury proud. The boys are looking forward to doing even better next year. Only diver, Daniel Bujcs, is not returning next season, so the outlook for the boys swimming and diving team looks positive next year.