Posted: Saturday, 10 November 2012 7:47PM

Hillcrest's Little, Glendale's Brand medal at state



St. Peters, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com)  -- It was a record that had stood for 28 years. Once broken, it stood for less than 24 hours.

Glendale junior Will Brand broke the school record in the 100-yard butterfly on Friday in the preliminaries of the MSHSAA Boys State Swimming and Diving Championships at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. He then shaved .06 of a second off that time on Saturday to set a new school record with a time of 51.74 seconds to place fourth at state.

“It feels great,” Brand said after receiving his fourth-place medal. “That was a 28-year-old record, and I wanted to break 51 (seconds), but that’s all right.

“It means a lot. I don’t know of anybody younger than me who could break it.”

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When asked if it could stand another 28 years and possibly be broken by one of his future sons, Brand laughed before saying, “That would be awesome.”
 
It was the second medal of the day for Brand, who also placed sixth in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1:42.73 – cutting two seconds off his time from Friday. The 200-yard freestyle race was won by Park Hill South’s Liam Huffman. Timberland’s Andrew Sansoucie celebrated his birthday by winning both the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, setting a state record in the latter with a time of 47.96 seconds.

Brand’s school record in the 100 butterfly broke the mark of Charlie Mace, whose son, Wilson, is a friend and classmate of Brand.

Brand also helped Glendale’s 200-yard medley relay team to a 14th-place finish. The others on the team were seniors Perry Smith and Tanner Reynolds and Mace. Springfield Central’s medley relay team placed 16th. Central’s first leg of that race was swam by sophomore Evan Petrich, who was followed by seniors David Ting and Nathan Murphy and junior James Watson.

Petrich placed 14th in the 100-yard breaststroke, but also competed in the grueling 500-yard freestyle finals after posting a personal best time of 4:45.47 on Friday. He placed eighth in Saturday’s finals, but was disappointed in the way he swam. He was content with his place, but dissatisfied with a time on Saturday that was six seconds slower than the previous day.

Petrich, who qualified for state as a freshman in a pair of shorter events, knows he’ll have two more years to improve on Friday’s personal best.

“It’s exhausting,” he said of the 500, “but I’ve always kind of been a distance swimmer. I get better the longer we go.”

While Rockhurst’s David Knopke claimed an individual state dive title, Hillcrest’s Chris Little edged Rockhurst’s Zach Cook for second place.

“It was great,” Little said. “I feel really accomplished with and pretty confident.”

Little would like to dive in college, especially after the senior improved from a 12th-place finish a year ago.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Little said of his improvement and ending his career as an all-state diver. He added that he was speechless when family and teammates were congratulating him. Little lifted Hillcrest to a 29th-place team finish.

Rockhurst had three of the top six divers and used those points to help them claim its ninth straight state team title. The Hawklets finished with 225 team points, closely followed by Parkway Central’s 203.5. Francis Howell (148.5) was third with John Burroughs (142.5) and Blue Springs South (135) rounding out the top five.

Glendale (64 points) was 13th; Kickapoo (33) placed 22nd; Central (21) was 26th; and Ozark was 36th was nine team points.

Glendale senior diver Carter Pfankuch placed seventh, just behind Tim Richards of Rockhurst.

“Carter did an awesome job,” Glendale coach Steve Boyce said of Pfankuch, who was a qualifier last year. “He got some experience to see what it was about. He came back this year, worked really hard, really cleaned up his dives and looked spectacular. He was relaxed, excited and had just some beautiful dives.”

Pfankuch, who would also like to dive at Drury University, said he was less nervous this year because he knew what to expect. Add that to more difficult and technically sound dives, Pfankuch was ecstatic to receive his seventh-place medal and earn all-state honors.

“It was amazing. It’s what I’ve been working for all four years,” said Pfankuch, who was simply expecting a top-16 finish. “It was really nice to realize that dream.”

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