Swim Champions, again!

By CHS staff


The streak continues! For an 18th consecutive year, the Canisius High School swim team has captured the Monsignor Martin championship.

On Tuesday night, February 4, the Crusaders swam under the bright lights of the Burt Flickinger Center on the Erie Community College downtown Buffalo campus to defend their Monsignor Martin title. Canisius didn't disappoint as it once again dominated St. Francis and St. Joe's to capture the title by winning nine out of the 11 total races on the night.  

The highlight of the meet was the 400 freestyle relay where Matt Woyksnar '22 and Christian Wilson '22 teamed with Max Kruglov '21 and Sean Grace '21 to win the race. Their time of 3:18.82 qualified them for the NYS Federation Championships in Long Island in March.  

Earlier in the meet, Max Kruglov won the 200IM with a 1:58.22, and won the 100 backstroke in commanding fashion with a 53.43. He qualified for the state meet as an individual in both races.  

Max teamed up with Christian Wilson, Matt Woyksnar, and Evan Maynard '21 to win the 200 medley relay. Their time of 1:41.26 just missed the state cut by six-tenths of a second.  

Canisius won the 200 free relay with Clayton Kibler '20, Tom Struckman '20, Aleksander Zablotski '20, and junior Jed Dietrich '21 with a time of 1:39.10. Matt Woyksnar won the 100 freestyle (49.00), Sean Grace won the 200 freestyle (1:49.15), Henry Weimer won the 50 free (23.12), and Evan Maynard won the 100 breaststroke (1:04.96).

It was a complete team effort as Marshall Adams '23 and Eli Noecker '23 took second and third place in the 500 freestyle respectively, and Marshall also grabbed a third in the 200IM in a time of 2:10.12. Other impressive swims were turned in by Nick Sullivan '22 and Joe Glaser '22 in the 100 fly, James Evangelose '20 in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and John Barry '22 in the 200 free and 100 backstroke.  

Click here to see photos from the Monsignor Martin championships.

On to Long Island...

On Saturday February 8, the boys swim team took to the road at 6:00am to travel to the Long Island Aquatic Center and compete in the CHSAA All Catholic City Championships.

The meet started off with a bang as the 200 Medley Relay team of Kruglov, Maynard,  Wilson, and Woyksnar went a 1:40.66 to finish seventh and qualify for the NYS Federation Championships back in Long Island in March.

Here are all the swimmers who will represent Canisius at the NYS Championships in March:
Max Kruglov '21 - 200IM, 100 back, 200 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay
Matt Woyksnar '22 – 200 free, 100 free, 200 Medley Relay, and 400 Free Relay
Evan Maynard '21 – 200 Medley Relay
Christian Wilson '22 – 200 Medley Relay, 400 Free Relay
Sean Grace '21 – 400 Free Relay
Clayton Kibler '20 – 400 Free Relay alternate
Henry Weimer '22 – 200 Medley Relay alternate

The heartbreak of the night went to the team of Sean Grace, Henry Weimer, Christian Wilson, and Matt Woyksnar as the foursome managed to hit the qualifying time for the NYS Championships only to be disqualified for an early relay exchange by four one-hundredths of a second. On the positive side however, all four will be back next year and hungrier than ever.

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