CBC sophomore Max Wehrmann broke his own school record at the recent Class 2 state swimming and diving meet.
Wehrmann had a second-place showing in the 200 free with a time of 1 minute, 42.32 seconds. Last fall at the state, Wehrmann set the school record in 200 freestyle with his time of 1:45.59, good for an 11th-place finish.
He also earned a state medal in the 500 free. Wehrmann finished seventh in 4:49.27.
Wehrmann had a chance to win the 200 free.
Wehrmann led the race after the first three laps. However, he lost to Oakley Lorso, a Rock Bridge senior. Lorso won in 1:41:86.
While disappointed, Wehrmann believes his time will come at state.
“I am pleased with how I did at state because second place is great even though I would have loved to get first,” Wehrmann said. “I know that it is a privilege to even get to swim in the top eight so I can’t take that for granted by being mad that I didn’t get first. After all, I do still have two more years to compete.”
CBC coach Sean Dooley liked how Wehrmann performed this fall for the Cadets.
“I’m extremely proud of how Max swam this season and at state,” Dooley said.”He worked hard all season long and deserved every great time he hit.”
Wehrmann had a solid regular season. He was able to get two state cuts during the first meet of the season in the 500 free and 200 IM. He won the 200 and 500 free in the Ladue Invitational.
In the CoMo Invitational, Wehrmann placed second overall in the 200 free and sixth in the 500 free.
At state, Wehrmann was seeded third in the 200 free. He was seeded seventh in the 500 free. He had high expectations for himself at state.
“I was expecting to go best times in both events and to hopefully finish in the top eight at finals for both the 200 free and also for the 500 free,” Wehrmann said. “I also wanted to help both my relays finish in the top eight so that we could be on the podium together for the last time because one of my relays was all seniors except me, and the other was two seniors and a sophomore, who had never swam at state.”
Wehrmann noted he had some butterflies before his 200 free event.
“When I went into the locker room before the race, I was super nervous but also excited to race,” Wehrmann said. “When we walked out, the pressure of the race left and it was all focus on the race and not worry about everyone watching. When we started the race I went out strong just trying to stay even with everyone else in the race but soon I strayed from that plan and just tried to get ahead, and when I pushed ahead I started to think that I was going to win, but when it came to the last 50 I started to die.
“When that happened, I couldn’t tell my body to keep pushing and fell off. I ended up getting out-touched but I just had to remember that I still have two more years to compete for the top spot.”
Dooley liked how Wehrmann competed in the 200 free. It was a close race.
“I expected him to place high. He wanted to go in ranked first and finish first,” Dooley said. “He got out in the race and held first till the bitter end, just getting out touched at the end. It was a great race, Max got out ahead of everyone and really held them off till the last second getting out-touched to finish the race.
“He knew he gave it his all. (He) just didn’t see the last second push from the senior that got him.”
Wehrmann said he may have missed a good chance to win this time. Reflecting on his race, he said he realized he could have done it differently.
“I think that if I had stuck with my plan of staying with the rest of the group, then on the third 50 to build it up and to sprint into the last 50, I could have had a chance to win,” Wehrmann said. “I was extremely excited to be so close to winning but also sad that I was in the lead and lost the race in the end.
“When we went up to the podium I was not sad but happy that I was able to compete with the other great swimmers that were there and made sure to congratulate and shake their hands.”
Wehrmann set the school record in the 500 free at the COMO meet with a time of 4:45.91. His state time was not as fast at 4:49.27.
“I think that this race was probably one of the hardest I have ever raced as I was tired from the 200 free and also in an outside lane which keeps you from seeing the competition in the middle lane,” Wehrmann said. “I started off strong but when I was near the far wall of the pool I was able to see my teammates sitting on the bleachers waiting for the 200 free relay.
“I was focused on the 500 but I was looking forward to that relay so when I started to die I let it happen and continued to just swim as hard as I could and my only goal once I saw that I was not that close to sixth place was to not get eighth.”
Wehrmann was also a member of the 200 free relay that earned a medal.
“My favorite race of the season though was the 200 freestyle relay,” Wehrmann said. “I especially liked this relay because I was able to help the rest of my relay to finish in the top eight, which got them on the podium and also a medal. We were seeded sixth going into finals and we moved up two spots during the race so we finished in fourth overall.”
Wehrmann liked how it all worked out for him this season.
“I think that this season was good because I was able to better the 200 free record and I also got the 500 free record,” Wehrmann said. “I was able to help my team compete in state and also help my team place eighth overall.”
The Cadets came in eighth as a team with 106.50 points.
“We’re thrilled with that finish,” Dooley said. “Our team was missing the high-placing seniors from last year, but we had a strong depth chart this year with captains Michael Weiss and Caleb Haas leading the charge.”
Junior diver David Burke was third overall with 460 points.
“He did a great job,” Dooley said.
Dooley also noted senior Edward Rohan and sophomore Evan Liberto with “helping with our relay strength.”
Overall, Dooley said it was a good season for the program.
“I’m really pleased with this years team’s success and strength,” Dooley said.