Crystal River junior Marshall Wilson is headed to states for a second straight year and this time he’s going as a regional champion.
Wilson, the 2018 Chronicle Boys Swimmer of the Year, won both the 50-yard freestyle and 100 free on Saturday in the Region 2A-2 Championship meet at The Long Center in Clearwater.
In the 50 free he swam a 21.23 time, and in the 100 free he had a 47.68. State selections were released soon after the meet was completed, and Wilson is seeded first in the 50 and third in the 100. Wilson also set team records in both races.
"It feels really good. I never expected it to happen this early and I’m really glad it did. I put in the work and I got the reward," Wilson said. "I was able to taper. I was more rested this week. Got a lot more sleep. I guess the training kicked in and it became instinct."
Senior Ryley Price is going to states for the first time thanks to his fourth place in the boys 100 free, with a clocking of 49.51.
Junior Genevieve Kennedy earned her second consecutive state trip, thanks to a time of 5:29.78 in the 500 free that was good for seventh place. That’s the same event she went to states in last year.
Kennedy additionally broke her own school record in the 100 butterfly with a fifth-place 1:03.56. Senior Hannah Laycock also broke a school mark she already held, swimming a sixth-place 25.77 in the 50 free.
For Citrus, Riley Schaffer is going to states for the second year in a row in the 1-meter diving. He posted a first-place score of 385.80 in the competition held Friday at the Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa.
The Crystal River boys were fifth overall (133) and the girls eighth (91). The Citrus boys were 12th (71) and the girls 18th (26).
The 2A state meet will be held Friday at the Aquatic Center at Sailfish Splash Waterpark in Stuart.