With the 200 individual medley state championship already won that Saturday, Lafayette's Carter Kale knew his strategy for the 500-yard freestyle. He couldn't lag behind.
"I had to take it out with the pack," he said. "I didn't know who the sprinters were. Sprinters can be dangerous, they push you along, then outsprint you to the finish."
As it turned out, Kale was the sprinter.
He was even with the lead group of swimmers halfway through the race, then swam the fastest time in each of the final five 50-yard segments. That gave him a time of 4 minutes, 39.78 seconds, a victory by three seconds and his second championship.
Add to that a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay and third in the 400 freestyle relay, and it was an outstanding state meet for the sophomore.
"It was exhilarating," he said. "I had a great support system from my team cheering for me."
He won the 200 IM on the final stroke, the freestyle. He was fourth by a second switching from the breaststroke to the freestyle, then blitzed the field with a 25.73-second time, more than a second faster than anyone else.
"The breaststroke isn't my best event," he said. "In the finals, I knew I needed to reserve a little bit of energy for the final 50."
After 150 yards, his time was 1:28.91, the leader at 1:27.81. At the finish, his time was 1:54.64 and the second-place finisher came in at 1:55.47.
200 MEDLEY RELAY
Hampton Roads Academy (Will Arcand, Geoff Marston, Austin Ebel, Taylor Lawson). The group swam the event in 1 minutes, 37.02 seconds in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state meet, more than two seconds faster than any other school in the area.
Jonathan Spires | Grafton | freshman: He burst onto the high school swimming scene in a big way, turning in a 1:44.81 time in the Bay Rivers district meet. That's also more than two seconds faster than anyone else.
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
Carter Kale | Lafayette | sophomore: He dominated this event, beating his own season's best by by 1.7 seconds in winning the Group AA state championship in 1:54.64.
Ari Snyder | Hampton Roads Academy | junior. He swam this event in 21.98 seconds in the VISAA state meet, the only area swimmer to break 22 seconds. He also turned in a time of 21.82 on the opening leg of HRA's 200 freestyle relay at the state meet.
Carter Stulen | Lafayette | senior. His 51.45 time earned his second place in the Group AA state meet, just two-hundredths of a second behind the winner.
Jonathan Spires | Grafton | freshman: He had several of the area's best times in this event, topped by his 47.98 clocking in the Kecoughtan Invitational.
Carter Kale | Lafayette | sophomore: His strong finish earned him his second individual state championship in 4:39.78.
200 FREESTYLE RELAY
Grafton (Jonathan Spires, Marcus Quint, Tyler Titsch, Andrew Ferguson). They won the Group AA state championship in 1:27.10.
Will Arcand | Hampton Roads Academy | junior. His 52.96 in the VISAA state meet was the best in the area by nearly a second.
Trevor Jones | Tabb | junior. He won the Group AA state championship by swimming this event in 59.15, just edging teammate James Kegelman.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY
Grafton (Jonathan Spires, Marcus Quint, Tyler Titsch, Andrew Ferguson). The same foursome that won the 200 freestyle relay repeated in the 400. Their 3:12.42 was four seconds better than anyone else in the area.
Trevor Long | Jamestown | senior. He finished fifth in the Group AA state meet with 358.15 points.Copyright © 2015, CT Now