Senior Zach Deal and the Wood River High School boys and girls swim teams ended the season extremely strong while making head coach Ben Parker a proud instructor at the 2018 Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) Swimming State Championships at the West Boise YMCA last weekend.
It was an especially mighty sendoff for Deal, who set new state records in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1 minute, 56.41 seconds, and the 100 breaststroke at 58.93 seconds.
The two victories set Deal as the primary holder of every Wood River High School individual boys record, with eight.
He’s also in the team record books as a part of the 2015 team of Nicolo Traveri, Mason Johnson and Owen Ruggeri 200 medley relay. That team owns the record of 1:51:06.
“Thank you for all that you have done for this sport, Zach—your passion will carry on for years to come,” Parker said. “A heartfelt end to an era with our senior finishing on top his final season.”
Sophomore Maggie Deal had a strong showing for the girls. She took third place in both the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle races. In the 200, Deal recorded 2:05.81, and in the 500, Maggie finished in 5:37.28.
Maggie Deal was also a part of the 200 freestyle relay team that took second with a time of 1:51.02. The team also included sophomores Brenann O’Leary and Taylor Dorland, and freshman Charlotte Loomis.
Wood River was edged out by Sandpoint, which took first with a time of 1:46.76.
The team of Maggie Deal, Loomis, Dorland and Dana Kriesien took third in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 4:02.56.
Idaho Falls won that race with a time of 3:46.36.
Overall, the Wood River girls finished the tournament in fourth place as a team, with 143 points.
“What a wild ride this season has been,” Parker said. “Back to back district champions for the girls and bringing home the fourth-place trophy at state.”
Idaho Falls won the 4A overall girls spot with 181 points. Bishop Kelly (160 points) and Sandpoint (157) followed second and third, respectively.
The Wood River boys finished the tournament tied at ninth with Kimberly, with 50 points.
The overall 4A boys winner was Century with 186 points, followed by Bishop Kelly (185.5), Moscow (145), Sandpoint (141), Twin Falls (96), Idaho Falls (79), Skyline (72) and Jerome (58).
Wood River has been able to compete at a high level and it showed at state when the Wolverines swam in 12 finals and eight consolation finals.
“Every one of these kids played a critical role in the success of this season,” Parker said. “They dedicated themselves with early-morning practices, as well as giving up most of their weekends for the season to make it all possible.
“Our team took the right changes this year in stride and pushed to have at least one girl competing in every event at state. It is truly great to see a team with such diversity in talent.”
The rest of the Wood River team pulled its weight, as every team member scored at least one point.
Dorland took fourth in the girls 50 freestyle with a time of 26.04. She also took fourth in the 100 freestyle with 57.67. Loomis took fifth place with 58.93.
Following Maggie Deal in the 500 freestyle, Dana Kriesien took ninth with 6:03.09 and O’Leary came in 10th with 6:03.45.
The girls 200 medley relay team of O’Leary, Molly Doyle, Sydney Smith and Georgia Adams took ninth, with a time of 2:12.68.
The girls 200 individual medley saw Loomis take seventh with 2:26.03 and Adams take 12th with 2:52.89.
In the girls 100 backstroke, O’Leary took ninth with 1:11.82, and in the girls 100 butterfly, Smith took 10th with 1:10.73.
To round out the boys’ team, the boys 200 freestyle relay team finished sixth. The team composed of Evan Blas, Nick Maumus, Walter Kriesien and Deal finished with a time of 1:41.14.
Parker wanted to extend his gratitude.
“As the season ends, we would like to take a moment to thank the parents, Wood River High School, IHSAA, BCRD and Zenergy,” he said. “This season would not have been possible without them and their continued support throughout the season.”