Four members of the Aurora boys swimming and diving team saw their stellar season end at the Division II state meet Thursday.
The competition took place at C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.
The Greenmen’s 200-yard medley relay team of senior Nate Meyer and sophomores Jon Hybil, Jacob Good and Connor Zamary finished 20th with a time of 1 minute, 42.48 seconds.
That same group comprised Aurora’s 200 freestyle relay team that finished 21st in 1:31.59.
"These guys really had the heart of champions and worked quietly, methodically and consistently throughout the season to perfect their relays," first-year Greenmen head coach Sarah Gellott said. "They won Bedford Relays, dropped time at Winter Champs, dominated at the Suburban League meet and remained undefeated in our Suburban League, securing the first numbers on the swim banner.
"To me, the only thing left for them to experience was states. Jacob Good, Jon Hybil, Connor Zamary and Nathan Meyer never experienced this high-school elite swimming experience before. Watching them compete against the best in the state and prove they deserved to be there too was simply incredible.
"At the end of the night, when we realized that they would not be making it into finals, this experience became even more emotional. This had been Nate’s last race with the Greenmen. It really did hit us all hard.
"Leaving a legacy of greatness behind him is something he should never forget. He had done it all his senior year. He leaves behind some incredibly big flippers to fill in our pool. To say that we are proud of them would be a great understatement."