Rockhurst High School swimmer Alex Albracht referred to the conclusion of his junior season last year as “the heartbreak story.” He had entered the Missouri state championship meet with state-title aspirations, but he left with a pair of second-place medals instead.
One year later, his senior season transformed the heartbreak story into one of redemption.
Albracht earned three first-place medals at the Missouri state meet in November — one each in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. He added another second-place showing in the 200 individual medley.
For the bounce-back performance — and for helping the Hawklets to their 11th straight team state title — Albracht is The Star’s All-Metro Missouri boys swimmer of the year.
“I really wanted to finish my high school career like this,” Albracht said after the state meet. “... Last year I didn’t come through for my team. I wanted to deliver this time.”
Albracht qualified for the state meet in every individual event this season. He said he opted to swim the 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley events because he felt those were the spots the Hawklets needed him to pick up points in the team standings.
He certainly swam well. Albracht touched the wall in 57.02 seconds in the 100 breaststroke, a comfortable margin ahead of second-place Jordan Hill, a sophomore from Kickapoo.
The state-final day started in style, when the Hawklets’ 200 medley relay team set a new state record by completing the four-man swim in 1 minute, 35.19 seconds. In addition to Albracht, other relay team members were sophomore Ethan Bock, junior AJ Iseman and senior Trevor Weinrich.
The Star’s All-Metro Missouri boys swim team
200 MEDLEY RELAY
Rockhurst (Ethan Bock, sophomore; Alex Albracht, senior; AJ Iseman, junior; Trevor Weinrich, senior). The group set a new Missouri state record when it completed the event in 1 minute, 35.19 seconds. That was nearly two seconds better than any other school.
Jered Weger, Park Hill, junior. The distance swimmer finished sixth in the 200 freestyle and 12th in the 500 freestyle at the Missouri state meet. His 200 freestyle time was 1:46.16.
200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
Barry Chang, Park Hill, senior. His pair of third-place showings in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly races helped the Trojans to a second-place finish in the team standings at the Missouri state meet.
Marcin Glebocki, Park Hill, junior. After settling for second place in the event last season, Glebocki won the 50 freestyle Missouri state title, finishing in 21.02 seconds. He was also second in the 100 freestyle.
David Knopke, Rockhurst, junior. The defending state champion settled for second place, but his 469.85 point total was still easily the best among Kansas City area competitors at the Missouri state meet.
AJ Iseman, Rockhurst, junior. It was a medal-filled season for Iseman, who won the Missouri state title in the 100 butterfly, 400 free relay and 200 medley relay. He also placed third in the 100 backstroke.
Michael Hynes, Lee’s Summit North, senior. The sprinter finished third at the Missouri state meet in the 100 freestyle, with a time of 46.59 seconds after placing second in the 50 freestyle in 21.30 seconds.
Collin Nill, Rockhurst, sophomore. A bright future lies ahead for Nill, who took home first-place Missouri state medals in the 500 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay. He was also fourth in the 200 freestyle.
200 FREESTYLE RELAY
Park Hill (Barry Chang, senior; Danny Jones, sophomore; Jered Weger, junior; Marcin Glebocki, junior). The Trojans were strong in both freestyle relays, culminating in the first-place showing in the 200 freestyle relay. Their time of 1:27.36 was a full second better than any other school.
Daniel Maynard, Staley, senior. The versatile swimmer broke the Suburban White Conference meet record with a time of 53.73 seconds, a mark that also set a new school record.
Alex Albracht, Rockhurst, senior. Albracht finished the 100 breaststroke in 57.02 seconds to win a Missouri state title. He also was part of the school’s winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams.
400 FREESTYLE RELAY
Rockhurst (Collin Nill, sophomore; Ethan Bock, sophomore; Alex Albracht, senior; AJ Iseman, junior). The Hawklets cruised to the Missouri state title. The group’s time of 3:10.86 was more than two seconds better than second-place Park Hill.