Hamilton’s Alec Nyboe shows off the form that helped him catpure his second straight Division 3 state title in the 100 fly with a time of 49.15 seconds. As a team, the Hawkeyes finished fourth in the state.

Hamilton’s Nyboer defends state title in 100 fly

Walt Kaechele

Winning a state championship is difficult at best. But repeating as a state champion?
That takes a lot of perseverance and dedication, which is exactly what Hamilton swimmer Alec Nyboer showed in winning his second straight Division 3 state championship in the 100 fly.
On Saturday, March 14, in the Holland Aquatic Center, Nyboer touched out the race with a time of 49.15, almost a half second faster than his preliminary time, to capture the title.  
Hamilton coach Eric Talsma said, “Alec really performed well in the fly. He executed his game plan perfectly. He left a little there with a few of his turns but was really good between the walls.”  
The Hawkeyes finished the state meet in fourth place with 215 points and had several outstanding performances, including the diving portion of the meet.
All three Hamilton divers placed in the top eight with Nolan DeJonge taking fourth with 416.10 points. Right behind him was Andrew Fathman in fifth place with 414.20 and teammate Kohl Bauman ninth with 378.10 points.  
“The divers pushed each other all season. They worked hard together with our diving coach to raise their level of diving. They really performed well, especially at the end of the season,” Talsma said.
Austin Fogerty had a big day at the state meet as well for Hamilton, taking a third in the 100 free in a time of 47.38 and 13th in the 100 back at 54.77. Nyboer took third in the 100 back in 51.40.
The tandem of Nyboer and Fogerty paired up with Adam Everse and Ryan VanOss in the 200 IM relay for a fourth place finish in 1:37.77 and with Ryan Underwood and Matthew Oonk in the 400 free relay for a third place finish in 3:09.91.
The 200 free relay team of Oonk, Everse, VanOss and Underwood came in fourth with a time of 1:29.27.
In other individual events, Underwood placed 11th in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.04; Oonk placed seventh in the 50 free with a time of 22.05; and VanOss placed sixth in the 100 free in 49.83.
Otsego placed 10th in the meet with a team score of 86.
Maxx Jirgens paced the Otsego team with a couple of eighth place finishes—200 fly in 53.62 and the 100 back in 54.04.
He was also part of the seventh placed 200 IM relay team of Jirgens, Adam Coe, Josh David, and Joshua Wood in 1:30.77 and the 200 free relay team of Jirgens, Josh David, Coe and Wood in 1:29.99.
The 400 free relay team of Josh David, Jared Rutkowski, Jesse David and Wood finished in 12th place with a time of 3:33.23.
Diver Shawn Farrell placed 11th in the diving portion with an 11-dive total of 359.65.
Otsego coach Darryl Belton said, “I am very happy with our performance. Each one of the kids improved on their seed time and that is all you can ask.
“Maxx had a great weekend, although having to swim in a swim-off in the 100 fly Friday evening probably took a little out of him, both physically and emotionally. But he had a great day Saturday. He set the team record in the backstroke and in the medley relay.  Josh and Jesse David were awesome. Both of them swam very well Friday and bounced back on Saturday with even better times in the finals.
“Adam Coe was a little nervous going into the weekend, but overcame it and had some great swims on both days.
“Josh Wood anchored all three relays, not an easy thing to do, and swam his best times in each of his swims.
“Shawn’s 11th place is the highest ever for an Otsego diver. Obviously he had a great weekend.
“Dustin Goodrich was the only swimmer who didn’t get to swim both days, but he had a wonderful swim on Friday, it just wasn’t fast enough to make the top 16.”

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