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Posted February 20, 2013
HIGH SCHOOL JOURNALISM: Xavier swimmers find success at state

Xavier's John Richardson, swimming for C.R. Kennedy, gets ready for the backstroke. (Tom Richardson photos/Community contributor)

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By Connor Collins, Xavier senior

Cedar Rapids Xavier was represented well at the Iowa boys’ state swimming meet, held Feb. 9 in Marshalltown.

John Richardson represented the Saints by swimming in the 200 medley relay, 100 backstroke and the 400 freestyle relay for Cedar Rapids Kennedy. Nick Durin also took the pride of Xavier to Marshalltown, swimming for Cedar Rapids Washington in the 200 medley relay, the 50 free, the 100 breaststroke and the 200 free relay.

Washington won its 50th straight district title the week before state.

Richardson placed 11th in the 200 medley relay, swimming the backstroke. The relay broke a 19-year-old school record by .1 seconds.

“It feels great to be a part of history at Kennedy,” he said. “It shows how hard we worked as a team, and is an amazing result to a great career swimming for Kennedy.”

Richardson finished 17th in the 100 backstroke and, in the last race of his high school career, he finished 10th in the 400 free relay.

Durin swam the freestyle leg for Washington in the 200 medley relay. The Warriors placed fourth in the event.

“The best part of state is just having the whole team go together, like one big family,” Durin said.

Durin went on to finish 12th in the 50 free, 16th in the 100 breaststroke and, with the help of his teammates,  eighth  in the 200 free relay.

Muscatine claimed the state team title.


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