Clintonville Gavin Friedrich still has two races left in his varsity swimming career.
The AuSable Valley senior captured the 200 and 500 free titles at the Section VII/X boys swimming championships at his home pool Feb. 8.
Cruising to the 500 title in a time of 5:29.87 - almost one minute ahead of the next fastest swimmer - it was a closer race for the 200, where Friedrich touched the wall in 1:59.43, three seconds ahead of the next swimmer.
For Friedrich, it marked a 10-plus second improvement in the event through the season.
“I entered the season swimming the event with a 2:09,” Friedrich said. “Last week I swam it and was down to a 2:03. I thought that this was going to be a close race and my goal was to get under two minutes and in the end I gave it my all.”
The two wins will return Friedrich to the state championship meet, being held at the Webster Aquatic Center Feb. 28 through March 1.
Mark Whitney was a fingernail within a trip to Webster, being out-touched by .15 seconds in the 100 backstroke.
Jonathan Gay of Westport claimed a Section VII championships Feb. 8, scoring a win in the 1,000 race in a time of 2:44.7. The one-man track team also scored a third place finish in the 1,600, ending with a total of 16 team points which putting him in sixth place in the team points.
The AuSable Valley Patriots finished with 11 points as seventh-grader David Vicaro was sixth in 1,000 in 3:07.8 and ninth in 1,600 in 5:12.2. Zachary Lawrence was eighth in 3,200 in 13:04.0, while the 4-by-400 relay of Desmond Fout, Eric Potthast, Riley Smith and Vicaro was fifth in 4:47.8.
In the girls event, The Lady Patriots also earned 11 points as Ashlee Estes was third in high jump at 4-feet, 6 inches. She was also sixth in long jump at 14-feet, 4-inches and seventh in 55 hurdles with a time of 11.6. Haley Passino was seventh in high jump at 4-feet, 2-inches as Jessica Malskis was 19th in the 3,000 in 14:34.3.