Camdenton junior Josef Bernabe made Laker history on Thursday becoming the first Camdenton swimmer ever to compete at the state meet in St. Peters.

The junior jumped in the pool for the 50 freestyle, which is a down-and-back-race, with 32 of the best Class 1 swimmers Missouri had to offer looking to make the finals by finishing in the top 16. Bernabe finished 32nd in the race with a time of 23.69 seconds, but it was a great experience for the young swimmer as it set a precedent for the program moving forward.

“Joey and I truly enjoyed the meet. We were able to see swimmers from schools we had not swam against,” Camdenton coach Anna Leezer said. “The meet showed me that our team is strong. Knowing that we were just places away from going to state with our relay teams pushes me to be more aggressive and I am looking forward to 2018.”

The bar has been set and time will soon tell if other Lakers will soon follow and make their appearance known at the biggest meet of the year.