Notre Dame senior swimmer digs deep for Ws
He probably wasnt cognizant of this interesting fact while he was competing in the 500 freestyle race at the recent Cape Rock Swim Invitational at the Central Municipal Pool, but Notre Dame senior Nick Landewe won the 20-lap race with a pair of critical 50-yard (two laps) performances: one being halfway through the race and the other being at the finish.
I knew that he was going to swim well, Bulldog swim coach Joe Graves said, but the thing that kind of caught me off guard was how he finished the race.
With 50 yards remaining, Landewe was leading Rock Bridge swimmer Turner DeArmond by a mere .15 seconds. However, Landewe dug deep and swam the final two lengths in 27.12, which smoked DeArmonds 28.93 split.
Nick is a fast swimmer, Graves said, and he has swum some fast times before, but he never finished a race like he did on Saturday.
Landewes time of 4:56.78 automatically qualified him for the MSHSAA Class 1 State Finals and gave him one of four first-place finishes in the meet.
His performance was one of several outstanding swims by Notre Dame athletes, which propelled the Bulldogs to what Graves believes is the first team title at the annual meet in the history of the Notre Dame swim program.
Halfway through Landewes 500 free race, he sent a message to the rest of the field with another 50-yard sprint.
He and DeArmond were tied to the hundredth of the second following 200 yards before Landewe tore off for a 50-yard split in 30.57, which was .87 seconds faster than DeArmonds split.
Nick has been working really hard in practice, Graves said. He has been holding intervals that he has never been able to hold before.
To the Rock Bridge swimmers credit, Landewes burst didnt break DeArmond, but it certainly took some stored energy from him that prevented him from hanging with Landewe over the final 50 yards.
Landewe and senior teammate Drew Barber each won four events (two individual races and were part of two relays).
Landewe was on the winning 200 medley relay and 400 free relay teams, while also claiming the top spot in the 200 IM in a time of 2:05.03, which gives him consideration for the state meet.
Barber was on the 200 and 400 free relay teams, as well as won the 50-yard, and 100-yard free events.
I wish (Drew) wouldnt have had that break, Graves said of the forced halt in training for every swimmer everywhere earlier this year due to the pandemic. He worked really hard during his club season to get back into shape and came to (the Notre Dame season) in good shape.
Hes already at his best high school times and being at your best times already this season, without being shaved or anything like that is a good sign.
Barber automatically qualified for the state finals in the 50 free with a time of 22.08, while his 100 free time of 48.59 did the same.
Bulldog junior Connor Hux was a member of the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays, as were seniors Liam Arnzen and Caleb LeGrand.
LeGrand also was on the winning 400 free relay, as was senior Noel Keran.
Cape Central got a pair of victories from senior Jack Maxton, who won the 100 breast (1:03.00) and 100 fly (52.87) events, both in automatic state-qualifying times.
Notre Dame scored 372 points as a team, which topped runner-up Rock Bridge (313), Cape Central (sixth, 192), Poplar Bluff (eighth, 123), Jackson (ninth, 117), and Saxony Lutheran (11th, 40) in the 12-team meet.
Here are the complete meet results:
200 medley relay
1st Notre Dame (Nick Landewe, Liam Arnzen, Connor Hux, Caleb LeGrand), 1:46.90
2nd Cape Central (Owen Graves, Jack Maxton, Toby Lin, Elias Theall), 1:50.19
6th Poplar Bluff (Elijah McAtee, Christian Todd, Gavin Vaughn, Kastin Caudel), 1:58.99
7th Jackson (Kelton Horrell, Trent Paullus, Brayden Walters, Brady Cain), 2:04.98
3rd Noel Keran (ND), 1:52.13
5th Theall (Cape), 1:57.22
6th Trent Pruden (ND), 1:57.27
7th Cody Griggs (Saxony), 1:57.39
8th Walters (Jackson), 2:04.43
12th Todd (PB), 2:11.45
13th Vincent Klueppel (ND), 2:12.02
14th Groves (Cape), 2:22.50
16th Horrell (Jackson), 2:25.97
17th Noah McRaven (Cape), 2:26.23
1st Landewe (ND), 2:05.03
3rd Hux (ND), 2:11.72
5th Lin (Cape), 2:19.32
8th Vaughn (PB), 2:21.02
11th McAtee (PB), 2:23.62
18th Creighton Edmundson (Cape), 3:00.41
1st Barber (ND), 22.08
2nd Arnzen (ND), 22.75
10th Caudel (PB), 24.99
11th LeGrand (ND), 25.21
18th Jesse Schupp (Saxony), 26.92
19th Paullus (Jackson), 27.03
20th John Paul Godwin (PB), 27.19
24th Garrison Cabral (Cape), 29.15
28th Max Sparks (Cape), 30.18
29th Cain (Jackson), 30.34
33rd Isaac Cato (PB), 34.64
2nd Caleb Burgard (Jackson), 323.55
3rd Eli Kyle (Jackson), 281.30
1st Maxton (Cape), 52.87
2nd Hux (ND), 55.55
4th Griggs (Saxony), 58.23
5th Lin (Cape), 59.25
7th Patrick Hodges (ND), 1:00.50
8th Pruden (ND), 1:01.00
14th Schupp (Saxony), 1:09.94
17th Sam Smith (Cape), 1:23.48
1st Barber (ND), 48.59
7th Caudel (PB), 56.48
12th Mason Landewee (Saxony), 1:00.61
16th Godwin (PB), 1:02.23
18th McRaven (Cape), 1:04.19
21st Cabral (Cape), 1:09.00
24th Max Sparks (Cape), 1:13.02
27th Jace Glenn (Jackson), 1:15.81
28th Cain (Jackson), 1:16.80
30th David Johnson (ND), 1:18.19
32nd Cato (PB), 1:27.11
1st Landewe (ND), 4:56.78
4th Keran (ND), 5:06.82
6th Theall (Cape), 5:11.29
10th Vaughn (PB), 5:56.29
200 free relay
1st Notre Dame (Barber, LeGrand, Hux, Arnzen), 1:32.53
5th Poplar Buff (Caudel, Todd, McAtee, Vaughn), 1:45.12
10th Cape (McRaven, Edmundson, Smith, Sparks), 2:00.99
11th Jackson (Horrell, Glenn, Kyle, Burgard), 2:08,37
2nd Walters (Jackson), 58.97
4th Klueppel (ND), 1:06.40
6th McAtee (PB), 1:08.53
7th Groves (Cape), 1:09.07
8th Hodges (ND), 1:10.98
12th Landewee (Saxony), 1:14.95
14th Edmundson (Cape), 1:19.17
15th Horrell (Jackson), 1:24.30
17th Johnson (ND), 1:35.38
1st Maxton (Cape), 1:03.00
2nd Paullus (Jackson), 1:04.11
4th Arnzen (ND), 1:06.65
10th Todd (PB), 1:14.48
13th Dearmont Goodin (ND), 1:21.67
14th Smith (Cape), 1:21.73
17th Glenn (Jackson), 1:30.61
400 free relay
1st Notre Dame (Barber, LeGrand, Keran, Landewe), 3:25.55
5th Cape (Theall, Lin, Groves, Maxton), 3:41.46