Boys’ swimming sets milestones at state

Nordling breaks school record


Eliah Fink

Senior Miles Nordling swims the 200 freestyle at state March 4. Nordling broke a school record after placing sixth in the event.

Alex Geretz and Eliah Fink

The season for boys’ swimming has come to a close after senior Miles Nordling, junior Daniel Cameron and three relays finished 30th at state March 3–4. After finishing in 15th place in the 100 freestyle and a school-record sixth place in the 200 freestyle, Nordling said he has a tendency to swim better when he is competing against swimmers with a higher skill level. 

“The meet was highly competitive, which is where I do best personally,” Nordling said. “I really like those high-competition, high-stakes meets.”

Cameron said he enjoyed swimming alongside some of the fastest in the state. 

“State was interesting,” Cameron said. “I added a little bit of time, but I was still really happy with how I did, though. There were some insanely fast kids there. I was really impressed by all the teams.”

Head coach Amanda Forseberg said there were a few highlights of the season that heavily contributed to the success of the team. 

“The season went really well,” Forseberg said. “Miles Nordling broke two team records and he placed in the top eight at state, which was great. Everyone dropped time at sections, which is always the goal.”

According to Cameron, Park faced adversity throughout the season, but didn’t let it stop them from competing at the highest level. 

“There were a lot of tough spots this year,” Cameron said. “With the weather and all the setbacks I think we really pushed through.”

According to Nordling, everyone on the team — including the underclassmen — was a useful part of the team’s journey to competing at state. 

“This was a really great season for the team,” Nordling said. “It was really good to see people show up and do what they needed to do — even the younger kids on the team.”

Forseberg said next season, the younger swimmers need to carry on where the team left off this year, as Park will be missing their seniors next year.

“We’re losing some really great seniors,” Forseberg said. “I’m looking for the underclassmen to step up and help us fill that void.”

Nordling said he trusts next year’s captains to lead the team toward repeating the success of this season.

“I’m hoping these boys keep up with the great work,” Nordling said. “Next season there are going to be some great captains on the team. I’m looking forward to what they can do next season with the momentum from this season.”

Boys’ swimming finished 30th in the state and made multiple school records throughout the season.