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State swimming: Nordstrom’s takes 3rd in 500-freestyle

Created on:   Fri, Feb 16, 2018   11:47 PM

Last modified:   Fri, Feb 16, 2018   11:47 PM

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MORGANTOWN — University High senior Griffin Nordstrom entered the state swimming championships seeded fourth in the 500-yard freestyle, but that didn’t keep him from looking at a top-three finish.

“It was very competitive,” Nordstrom said after, indeed, hitting the wall in third place on Feb. 16. “But, more of a friendly competition.”

As the leaders pulled away in the inner lanes, Nordstrom fell back to fourth early on.

He increased his splits and closed the gap on third place, as the race neared its midpoint, but couldn’t hold the pace and fell back once more.

As the final stretch neared, Nordstrom kicked it up one final gear, stealing third before he hit the wall for the finish with a time of 5:11.12.

“It feels good,” said Nordstrom of the performance, in which he set a new UHS school record. “I feel like I’m representing the school the best I can.”

Nordstrom also competed in the 200-yard freestyle for the Hawks, scoring a fifth-place finish in the event with a time of 1:53.52.

Junior Nathan Mizener also represented UHS, earning a 12th-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, with a time of 24.40.

“Today was a little bit different,” Mizener said. “I reached my goal of making the second day, which took a lot of the pressure off. But I set a new goal for today: To go sub-24 seconds. I spent all night thinking about how I was going to do that, and I just had a little bit too much going through my head.”

Mizener knows he had more in him, but still finished the meet content with his performance.

“As competitive as I am, if I’m not first I know there’s more I can do,” he said. “I’m still satisfied with the weekend, but with this swim I just know I had more in the tank.”

Morgantown was represented solely by sophomore Carson Gresak, who notched 10th-place in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.21.

“It feels great,” he said of the performance. “I never really thought I could do this stuff, but I can. Now I’d just like to keep doing more in the future.”

George Washington won the boys’ state title with 212 points, while Parkersburg was second with 125.

University High placed 16th with 23 points, while MHS was 25th, with 2.5 points.