WAUKESHA — The EagleJays mantra at the end of the season was ‘Wipe the board.’
They’ll need a few erasers after Friday.
The Jefferson/Cambridge boys swim team will need to wipe the record board clean as the EagleJays broke school records in all three of the events they competed in at the WIAA Division 2 state boys swim meet Friday at Waukesha South High School.
The record-breaking performances helped the co-op to an 18th-place finish at the team’s first state meet in 12 seasons.
“Maddie (Volk) and I have talked before about how determined this group of guys are, and Friday’s performance was a direct result of that,” said Alyssa Hotter, who is a co-head coach with Volk.
Senior Stone Farruggio, juniors Trevor Leto, Patrick Rogers and Sawyer Thorp helped the EagleJays to three top-14 finishes as Jefferson/Cambridge collected 22 points.
“Swimming at state for my last meet is cool enough,” Farruggio said. “Making it to state has been the goal since freshman year. I would’ve been happy with one event let alone the three. And going out with three school records is an amazing feeling. We all wanted the records really bad and we were all beyond excited to break them.”
Cedarburg ran away with the Division 2 title with 309 points. Whitewater placed 24th overall as senior Devin Bazeley — the lone representative for the team — earned two top-11 finishes.
Jefferson/Cambridge’s standout relay group started out the state meet by placing 13th in the 200-yard medley relay. Farruggio, Leto, Rogers and Thorp combined for the school record time of 1 minute, 44.53 seconds.
“We were happy, but not ecstatic with the 200 medley time,” Farruggio said. “We had broken it a couple weeks prior and just shaved another little bit off.”
Another school record was set in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the EagleJays came in 14th place with a time of 1:33.31.
The group tied the school record in the event at the sectional meet the week before with a time of 1:33.98.
“I think we would’ve liked to break down our time a little more, but we still got the record which is all that matters,” Farruggio said.
The 400-yard freestyle relay was the final race the EagleJays would compete in.
“In the 400 free, that was the first time in the meet I felt nervous for anything,” Farruggio said. “Standing in the hallway waiting to be called out, I realized it was my last race. I just turned around and looked at my three boys and said, ‘Thank you for getting me here. We’ve got two (records), I want one more.’”
The group made it a perfect three for three for program records in the 400 freestyle relay. Jefferson/Cambridge clocked in with a time of 3:25.92 in the event. The EagleJays’ seed time in the 400 freestyle was set at 3:31.21.
“We went out and Trevor was ready to go, go, go,” Farruggio said. “But if you ask him he’s always ready. And again Trevor did exactly what we needed and swam very fast. Then Patrick again had an amazing swim. He went almost a second and a half faster than he had all season which is pretty impressive. Sawyer jumped in and he always goes fast. He also had an awesome split which again was about a second faster than his best all season.
“My swim was average but got the job done. When I looked up the first thing I saw was Trevor jumping up and down and Sawyer and Patrick with their arms up.”
The crew beat the 400 freestyle relay record by almost five seconds.
“I got out and we were all pumped and I looked over at my dad and I held up a three with my hands and he held up a three back,” Farruggio said.
Jefferson senior Nathan Thorp got to watch the record-breaking performances first hand as an alternate.
“It was really insane to see all three records broke in one meet,” Thorp said. “You could tell they left it all in the pool.”
Three new records will be placed on the big board in the Jefferson/Cambridge swim room, but who knows how long they will last.
“Hopefully the records will last but I know that Trevor, Patrick and Sawyer are just going to get faster. They are going to be amazing next year. As a senior, I am grateful that I was able to experience state at least once.
“Couldn’t have picked a better group of guys.”
The group of guys certainly made their coaches proud.
“We felt a huge sense of pride as coaches seeing the excitement in their faces as they not only had season best times, but broke all three school records,” Hotter said. “Their mantra going into the end of our season was ‘Wipe the board’ and that is exactly what they did.”
Bazeley’s best finish of the state meet came in the 100-yard butterfly. The Whippet senior placed 10th as he touched the final wall at 55.88.
In the 200-yard freestyle, Bazeley earned 11th overall with a time of 1:50.84. Bazeley beat his seed time in both events.
Both were lifetime bests for Bazeley.