MOUNT VERNON — There were mixed results at the Mount Vernon Yellow Jackets’ first day in the OHSAA state swim meet in Canton on Friday.
Although the team learned that no one will reach the podium following today’s finals, no one seemed disappointed by each individual effort.
Senior Johnson Cochran, in his final high school meet, qualified for the ‘B’ final in the 100 yard breaststroke with a 58.62 performance. The swim was good enough for 13th place in Friday’s preliminary.
For Cochran, it was redemption for last year’s run to state, where he fell just 37/100ths of a second shy of qualifying for the finals. This time around, he qualified by nearly three-quarters of a second, and finished off the podium by just 23/100th of a second.
“I had a much better swim (than last year),” said Cochran. “I like any chance to extend my high school career by one more day. This is what I’ve wanted ever since going to state was on the table.”
Unfortunately for Cochran, his teammates — Gavin Rundell, Allen Sant and Victor Lowe — won’t get to participate in today’s finals. Mount Vernon finished 22nd in the men’s 200-yard medley relay. While their time of 1:40.13 wasn’t good enough to move on, it didn’t disappoint coach Adrienne Amador.
“They did really well,” said Amador of her team. “They nearly improved on last week’s numbers, which isn’t easy to do.”