He got out a little fast and paid for it in the end.
That was the story for Jack Markley in the 100-yard butterfly Saturday at a Division II district swimming and diving meet at Cleveland State University’s Busbey Natatorium.
The Tallmadge sophomore was right with the front of the pack, even a little ahead, halfway through the race but wound up finishing in 21st place with a time of 59.61 seconds.
"Jack overshot it a little bit, so the second 50 yards were more of a struggle for him," Blue Devils head coach Kaela Long said. "But he either got a personal best or came very close to a personal best. It was a good swim."
Markley also placed 25th in the 200 individual medley with a personal-best time of 2:19.94.
"We had a game plan going in," Long said. "And Jack did exactly what we asked him to do. It was just a matter of stamina."
According to Long, Markley improved as the season went along.
"Jack clowned around a lot during the first half of the season," she said, "but in the second half, he became more serious about his swimming and putting in more work.
"Next season, hopefully, he comes into the season with the mindset he had in the second half of this past season. I expect him to make it to states in the 100 butterfly next year. He’s an incredibly gifted swimmer."
Nick Archer, Markley’s classmate, also competed at the district meet. He captured 30th in the 100 backstroke with a clocking of 1:04.57.
"Nick was only half-tapered because he missed a full week of practice leading up to the meet due to a back injury he had all season," Long said. "So we didn’t expect him to set a personal best. He definitely improved since the beginning of the season, though."
According to Long, Archer was a good team leader.
"He definitely made sure the boys were in line, doing what they needed to be doing," Long said. "Hopefully, if everything goes as planned, he will get to states next year."
Long believes the rah-rah factor was missing for both Markley and Archer.
"Jack and Nick were the only Tallmadge swimmers there," Long said. "I think next year more of our swimmers will get to districts, so there will be more cheering."