Nichols going for gold at state

Friday, November 11, 2011
Marshall senior Tyler Nichols will be looking to match the school record for individual state medals won during his career when he competes in the MSHSAA Boys' Swimming Championships today and Saturday at St. Peter's. Nichols (above) already holds the Owls record for consecutive regular season wins with 16, having taken first place in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 backstroke last week at the Independent League Championships in Kansas City. Official results for the meet have not been made available by event organizers. With six all-state awards already to his credit, Nichols is among the contenders in the maximum of two events he may enter. He is seeded second in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.09 seconds, trailing only Lee's Summit junior Zach Knoche (58.82 seconds). Nichols is ranked third in the 200 individual medley with a 1:58.26, although his personal best is 1:58.00 set last year at the Springfield Invitational. He'll be chasing a pair of swimmers from West St. Louis Country: senior Kevin Poskin (1:55.55) of Marquette and Parkway Central junior Nick Orf (1:56.37). Marshall has not had an entry as highly-ranked since then-senior Mason Weber placed second in the 100 breast and 200 IM in 2008. An all-American who is now swimming for Notre Dame, Weber was also unbeaten during the regular season that year and won eight state medals in individual events -- plus four more as part of relay teams, the last two with Nichols as a freshman. (Chris Allen/Democrat-News)

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