LINCOLN — Jon Wiebe capped his high school swimming career in style by winning a pair of medals at the Nebraska state meet on Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.
The Scottsbluff High School senior finished fifth in the 100-yard freestyle in a personal-best time of 48.41 seconds and also added a sixth-place finish in the 50 freestyle in a time of 22.27.
The finishes helped Wiebe join a select few in the history of the Seacats’ program to capture multiple state medals.
“We don’t have too many kids who have done that,” Wiebe said of his achievements. “It’s been a while since we had a boy get up there [on the medal stand]. I was really happy about that.”
Zach Chain and Maggie Skiles were the last Seacats to win two medals at state. Scottsbluff/Gering coach Mike Hayhurst said Wiebe’s performances on Saturday put him among the program’s historic elite.
“We haven’t had anyone win two state medals since I think 2005, so it’s been a while,” Hayhurst said. “It was a super performance by him. He handled the pressure really well and I think he was pleased with his performance overall in the state meet.”
Wiebe, who dominated the two sprint events all season, said the way he was able to finish out his career was a dream come true.
“I wouldn’t have wanted it to turn out any other way,” he said. “This was far and above what I thought I would be doing. I’m really ecstatic about how it all turned out.”
In Saturday’s final of the 100 freestyle, Wiebe bested his record-setting preliminary time by seven hundredths of a second. Omaha Creighton Prep sophomore Sean Tate won the event in a time of 46.42. Wiebe said being able to set a personal-best time in his last race was quite a feeling.
“I dropped more time than I did [Friday], so I was a lot happier with that time today,” Wiebe said. “It’s pretty special to swim a career best at state.”
In Saturday’s final of the 50 freestyle, Creighton Prep’s Tate again touched first with a winning time of 20.76. Wiebe’s time in the event was just a tad slower than his preliminary time of 22.03 on Friday.
Wiebe, who holds the school record in the 50 freestyle, was making his third appearance at state. He was happy with the performance he ended with in his final meet as a Seacat.
“It was a good meet for me. I have no regrets coming out of state,” Wiebe said. “Four years ago I never thought I’d be standing here with two medals from a state competition. I’m really happy about that.”
Wiebe was the lone Seacat to reach Saturday’s final day of action. His finishes accounted for all 34 points scored by the team.
The Scottsbluff/Gering boys ended the meet in 18th place. Creighton Prep ran away with the team title with a final score of 409.5. Millard South was a distant second with 254.
In the final girls team standings, Millard West placed first with a score of 267. Lincoln Southwest finished second with 222.