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Beachwood’s short list of state swim meet qualifiers got a little longer .
Senior Wes Darvin finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Division II district meet at Cleveland State University to punch his ticket to the upcoming Ohio High School Athletic Association state meet in Canton.
“We were all extremely excited,” said Beachwood head coach Brad Burget about his emotions watching Darvin compete on Saturday. “As coaches, we’re just looking at each other going, ‘Who is that guy?’”
That guy finished the race in 1:02.45 then had to wait until to find out if he qualified, but Burget and the rest of the Beachwood coaches had a pretty good idea their season would be extended by another week.
“You have to wait for the other districts to finish, so it was official (),” Burget said. “By texting coaches in the other districts we kind of calculated him in at about 23rd, but it was unofficial. That’s what he ended up.”
Darvin became just the third Beachwood male to qualify for the state tournament in nearly 20 years. Milton Aponte and Jeremy Marks are believed to have qualified in 1986 and the 4x100-yard freestyle relay team of Todd Sachs, Jonathan Kleinman,David Saltzman and Jon Ratner also made the trip to state.
Although Darvin was the only Bison to advance to state, the rest of the boys who competed at CSU continued to show progress.
“It was great,” Burget said. “They swam faster than expected and we had significant time drops. Neel Lachhwani dropped in the 200 IM, Bagatur Askaryan dropped in the 100 fly and Wes dropped his fly also. The 400 free relay dropped almost like seven seconds and almost got on the podium. That was amazing. It was a great way to finish.”
Beachwood swimmers improved their times in 15 of 17 races swam.
“The boys were just on a roll,” Burget said. “They started swimming fast at the CVC championships, then sectionals then districts. It’s been a great continuation since mid-January. The whole team has done a great job. That was a huge step, not only for Wes, but for our program in the future.”
The 200-yard medley relay team of Jun-Young Lee, Darvin, Zach Davis and Askaryan finished 17th, the 200 freestyle relay team of Lachhwani, Lee, Askaryan andNathan Wolkoff finished 16th and the 400 freestyle relay team of Askaryan, Wolkoff, Lachhwani and Darvin finished 10th.
“Our goals were to podium,” Burget said. “The goal we set as a coaching staff at the beginning of the year was to break a couple school records and maybe podium at districts. We wanted to podium on the relay. Our relay was 10th and you’ve got to be eighth to podium, so we came close.”
Other individual swimmers who competed at districts were Lachhwani (19th in the 200 IM), Askaryan (14th in the 100 fly), Darvin 924th in the 100 fly) and Maya Gaines-Smith, who finished 19th in the girls’ 50-yard freestyle.
“I would anticipate with the time drops that some of these kids are producing we’ll be knocking on the door with several (record) swims next year,” Burget said. “We can see the progression. It’s something to look forward to.”