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South's Boeman, Chardon's Hewitt, Rogers among those who impress at WRC swimming

Jan. 13—As Joris Boeman put the finishing touches on his 100-yard butterfly win Jan. 13 during the Western Reserve Conference meet, an onlooker was overheard describing it as "majestic."

While that descriptor may have been referring to the swim in and of itself, the South senior does know his way toward finding a throne as well.

At Cleveland State's Busbey Natatorium, amid his WRC swansong, he found his way toward a pair of meet standards as well.

Boeman captured that 100 fly after earlier reigning in 200 individual medley.

His 51.87 in fly shattered the prior meet standard held by former Riverside stalwart Kyle Silver set in 2018, and his 1:58.94 also shattered a prior Silver mark set in 2019.

‍♂️ South's Joris Boeman wins WRC boys 100 fly with a 51.87 pic.twitter.com/8wznmws2EL

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

The venue may have been different, as well as the Saturday in January. But Boeman was the same, fast as ever.

"Going into (IM), I knew I wanted to take out the fly really fast," Boeman said. "Because those are my strong strokes. For breaststroke, I was hoping for a little faster, and then freestyle, all you can really do is give it all you've got. Whatever you have left in the tank. So I felt good about the race. It was nice to get the conference record after missing it by a little bit last year.

In IM, Boeman set the tone in fly with a 24.29 split that is 1.01 faster vs. when he won the event during WRC at SPIRE a year ago.

‍♂️ WRC boys 200 IM, won by South's Joris Boeman with a 1:58.94 pic.twitter.com/qDNT7pAqWu

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

"Looking at the fly and IM, you want to be relaxed but also fast. So you want to have strength behind your stroke. But you don't want to be stressing yourself out, which is really good for the 100 fly. Going fast out in that 200 IM really helped me go out in the 100 fly as well."

PHOTOS: Western Reserve Conference swimming, Jan. 13, 2024

Boeman then launched into that "majestic" fly, which featured a 24.47 popper that matched his sectional opening 50 split last winter. The 51.87 is the second-fastest time in The News-Herald coverage area in the event this season.

"Last year, I was hopoing to set the IM record, but once again, it was nice to set it this year," Boeman said. "But it's nice to leave my mark on the conference after having swum here for four years."

Briella Hewitt may have found herself a second individual event for the postseason in an unexpected place, even by her own admission. The Chardon standout sophomore prevailed in 100 breaststroke with a 1:07.65 highlighted by an electirc 35.76 split home.

What may have been considered an "off event" swim — one rarely on a swimmer's individual slate in the regular season and, thus, not in postseason consideration — suddenly is very much not.

She is the fourth News-Herald coverage area girls 100 breaststroker to go sub-1:08 this winter.

"That was definitely unexpected for me, too," Hewitt said. "I've been trying to figure out what I'm going to do at the end of the year, so that's also encouraging for me, because, yeah, that was a good time for me. And now it's kind of helping me figure out things. Because I've been back and forth between the fly and breaststroke.

"I've done 50 breaststrokes a lot growing up and stuff, so I've had a little background. And obviously, I'm doing IM a lot. So I've just been doing a lot of it at practice, and yeah, it's been good."

‍♂️ WRC girls 100 breast, won by Chardon's Briella Hewitt with a 1:07.65 pic.twitter.com/4QKxWiLAkE

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

Another Hilltopper, Toby Rogers, had a breakthrough in an arguably unexpected place as well.

Rogers was outstanding en route to a WRC crown in his signature 100 back, going 53.99 with a smooth 26.06 opener that had a great underwater off the first wall.

But his 100 free win with a 49.02 may have to take top billing on this occasion.

‍♂️ WRC boys 100 free, won by Chardon's Toby Rogers with a 49.02 pic.twitter.com/k5m7e4B13t

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

"I wanted to go under (50), but not that far, so I was really happy to do that," Rogers said. "I knew I had to perform. (Riverside's Matt Hribar and Mayfield's Leo Iacovetta), they really pushed me hard. I knew I had to beat them, so I got good competition.

"I've been working on my underwaters a lot (in 100 back) with my coaches, and I'm blessed with having really good coaches. So yeah, I've put in the work with those underwaters."

‍♂️ WRC boys 100 back, won by Chardon's Toby Rogers with a 53.99 pic.twitter.com/CWHpeC8qxN

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

Mayfield swept the team titles, the girls with 547 points for their third WRC team title all-time, and the boys with 391 points to stave off Riverside, the Wildcats' third straight league team championship on the boys side.

‍♂️ Here are NH area SAT invite results

Will add these meets into NH area leaders tonight after WRC video & a long, long, long, long, loooong break

Lot of good stuff in there, but that 49.35 from Krys is obviously the best of the bunch pic.twitter.com/BB5bjFDOGE

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

Coming soon

For more from this meet, including Riverside's Nathan Gaspersic discussing a remarkable weekend in which he won WRC diving as a novice, took home 50 free in swimming and balanced his indoor track and field commitments, check back in the coming days on News-Herald.com and in our print edition.https://twitter.com/CLillstrungNH/status/1746345390322893011

‍♂️ Riverside's Matt Hribar discusses his 100 breast title & his pride in longevity going 4-for-4 in that event in his career in the WRC meet

(Standing next to that vent for a recorded conversation was not my brightest moment of the weekend ... my bad lol) pic.twitter.com/XRoeyMBo75

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ Mayfield's Leo Iacovetta discusses his 200 free win, encouraging year-over-year improvement & the Wildcats' team title during the WRC meet pic.twitter.com/KLfZSScUFj

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ WRC girls 200MR, won by Mayfield with a 1:57.39 pic.twitter.com/mCFooWbMvs

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ WRC girls 200FR, won by Chardon with a 1:44.05 pic.twitter.com/AzfYKirUWX

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ WRC girls 200 IM, won by Chardon's Briella Hewitt with a 2:15.43 pic.twitter.com/5JwiRMYwl9

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ WRC girls 200 free, won by Mayfield's Danielle Grande with a 1:58.80 pic.twitter.com/wA2DPvpfoA

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ WRC girls 100 fly, won by Chardon's Janet Rockenberger with a 1:02.83 pic.twitter.com/yLasd9FrWo

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ WRC girls 100 back, won by Mayfield's Peyton Koballa with a 1:04.21 pic.twitter.com/E6Ll90EwA0

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ WRC girls 50 free, won by Mayfield's Lily White with a 26.40 pic.twitter.com/suWdRIdNM0

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ WRC boys 200MR, won by Riverside with a 1:44.29 pic.twitter.com/XLVWOgNkGU

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ WRC boys 200FR, won by Riverside with a 1:35.07 pic.twitter.com/Q2e6cPC7px

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ WRC boys 200 free, won by Mayfield's Leo Iacovetta with a 1:47.89 pic.twitter.com/JhOteDUhHq

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ WRC boys 100 breast, won by Riverside's Matt Hribar with a 1:01.87 pic.twitter.com/3bSVUsBiyw

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024

‍♂️ WRC boys 50 free, won by Riverside's Nathan Gaspersic with a 22.89 pic.twitter.com/z4r40BJQyh

— Chris Lillstrung (@CLillstrungNH) January 14, 2024