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Historic Day in the Pool at MIAA Swimming Championships

It was a historic day in the pool for the Gilman swim team on Saturday, February 3 at the MIAA Swimming Championships held at Loyola University. Six Gilman swim team records fell, and three All-American consideration times were achieved.

In the first individual event of the evening, the 200 yard freestyle, Max Kunisaki '25 bettered Bryce Lloyd's '22 record of 1:42.18 from 2021 by nearly a full second to set the new record at 1:41.28. Five events later in the 500 yard freestyle, he crushed his own record that he set at our pool nine days earlier (a record that stood since 1985) to set the new mark at 4:32.75 and earn him an All-American consideration.

Jackson Heether '25 had a very busy day lowering, and re-lowering his record in the 50 yard freestyle, and then the 100 yard freestyle.

As did Kunisaki, Heether established a new school record nine days ago at our pool, when he lowered the 50 yard freestyle record set in 1999 from 21.52, to 21.34 seconds. Saturday morning he lowered that again to 21.21 seconds, and then in the evening, again to 21.15 seconds with his leadoff leg of the 200 free relay! In the 100 yard freestyle Heether lowered Lloyd's record of 47.08 secs set in 2021, to 46.45 seconds!

In the 200 yard freestyle relay, comprising Heether and Kunisaki, as well as Yaros Mytsak '24 and Paul Shkolnik '24, lowered the school record 1:26.75 set in 2022 (of which Heether, as a freshman, was part) to 1:25.63, and earning them an All-American consideration time.

The night ended with the 400 yard freestyle relay and the winning time of 3:06.13, smashing the previous Gilman record set last year, by more than three seconds, and earning Kunisaki, Heether, Mytsak and his brother, Bogdan Mytsak '26, an All-American consideration time.

Overall, the Hounds finished third on JV and third on varsity.

Pictured: On the first place podium, the 400 freestyle relay.


 

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