SLIDESHOW: EHS STATE SWIM: VanHoof snatches school record

Since the beginning of the season, maybe earlier, there’s been a gaping hole on the Enumclaw High boys swim record board where the 100-yard breaststroke record had fallen to the floor.

Maybe it was an omen of things to come. Friday afternoon, EHS coach Ann Bettencourt said she was going to have to order a new record sign.

But when it goes back up, it won’t read, “Chad Marlow 1:03.03,” it will be Bennon VanHoof, 1:01.78.

VanHoof, a freshman for the Hornets, shattered the record in Friday’s state Class 3A preliminary race at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way.

“My goal was to break the record,” VanHoof said of several attempts this season including missing it by .02 seconds at the West Central District meet in early February. “My goal was to stay behind John Wojtech (of Olympic), at his feet until the end.”

Wojtech, in the lane next to VanHoof, finished with a 100.37, winning the heat. VanHoof’s time was sixth.

“I knew he had it in him,” Bettencourt said.

VanHoof returned to Saturday’s finals to finish sixth in state.

The Hornets’ 200 medley relay team, in which VanHoof swims the breaststroke leg, finished 18th with a time of 1:47.54. That team also includes freshmen Thomas Petersen, backstroke, and Will Cooper, freestyle. Shane Jackson is the lone senior on the relay, swimming the butterfly. He is also one of a few seniors on the team.

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