Behind the strength of a new school record, the Omaha North boys swim team earned their highest point total since 2002 at the NSAA Swimming and Diving Championships on February 22 & 23 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. In preliminaries, the 200 Medley Relay team of Liam Murray, Davion Scott-Bell, Caiden Williams and Nate Schlader broke the 1998 school record held by Jacob Kruger, David Nielsen, Jake Barna, Travis Stick. In the Consolation Finals on Saturday, the current quartet finished in 15th place. Eric Manuel teamed with Murray, Scott-Bell and Schlader to finish 22nd in the 400 Freestyle relay with a time that was the 6th best in school history.
Liam Murray advanced to Saturday in both of his individual events, finishing 10th in both the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle. Murray capped his high school career just hundredths of a second short of Hilton Smith’s school records in both events that have been on the board since 2001 and 2002.
The girls team highlight was Vienne Kemper’s 200 Individual Medley performance, which was the best Viking time in the event since 1999. Kemper finished in 12th place. Other girls teaming with her at the meet as part of the 200 Medley Relay (22nd place) and 400 Freestyle Relay (21st place) were Ann Fox, Julienne Kemper, Lauren Sitzman, and Teresa Gibbons.
Besides Murray, the Vikings seniors this season were Gabby Push, Emma Craig, Jon Mark Stanton, Timothy Gibbons, Adrianna Mariucci and Kat Keese.