Sophomore Hayon gets two of them Saturday in Madison
Will Hayon would have loved to repeat as a state champion, but the Sheboygan North swimmer is not complaining about the consolation prize Saturday at the Division 1 State Championship.
“I mean, obviously I’d rather take first but I’ll take two third places,” he said. “There was good competition in both events.”
The sophomore’s third-place time in the 50-yard freestyle was 20.69 seconds to break his school record he set last year (20.76) when he became the third North boy and first since 1967 to win a title.
Hayon then finished third in the 100 free in 46.20 to lower another school record of his after he swam to a fifth-place showing in the 100 butterfly last year at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.
After two seasons with the Golden Raiders, Hayon holds six school records to go with two pool, two conference and two sectional marks.
“I’m always wanting to do more,” he said. “Taking third wants me to do more and take first next year. It fuels the fire, I guess.”
North, which finished 13th in the team standings, also set two school relay records.
The Golden Eagles placed eighth in the 400 free relay with a new mark of 3:13.31 thanks to junior Joe Broghammer, senior Jackson Pond, junior Connor Cleveland and Hayon, and senior Patrick Fisher, Pond, Cleveland and Hayon took 12th in the 200 free relay in a school-best 1:28.46.
Freshman Dylan Dettloff, Broghammer, senior Koichi Toramaru and Cleveland were 24th in the 200 medley relay (1:43.58), and Cleveland was also 20th in the 100 free (48.72).