Schulte becomes first Laker to medal and earn All-State

The Camdenton boys’ swimming program just hit another milestone.

The Lakers dove in with the best Class 1 swimmers in the state of Missouri on Friday and Saturday at the City of St. Peters Rec-Plex just outside of St. Louis where they finished 34th out of 52 teams with 12 total points. And a year after Josef Bernabe became the first Camdenton swimmer to compete at state, it was the first time the Lakers got to compete as a team for the first time this season and they produced the first medalist in program history.

Gavin Schulte was privileged to receive that honor after finishing eighth in the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.62 seconds after setting a program record of 22.3 seconds to make the finals. Schulte also finished 16th in the 100 butterfly at 55.77. Bernabe was the other Laker to compete in an individual event and the returning state qualifier placed 29th in the 50 freestyle at 23.47 respectively.

Camdenton also swam in three relay events. The 200 medley relay team of Josef, Bryce Leuenberger, Dane Lapine and Jeremy Bernabe placed 28th at 1:49.71.

“This was the first time this group of four swam this relay together and they did amazing,” Camdenton coach Anna Leezer said.

Meanwhile, the 200 freestyle relay team of Josef, Michael Radlund, Lapine and Schulte put together their fastest time of the season, shaving off .41 seconds to finish 17th and just miss out on the top 16 finals by .14 seconds with a time of 1:34.65 Last but not least, the 400 freestyle relay team of Josef, Radlund, Lapine and Schulte also swam their fastest time of the season dropping 3.84 seconds to capture 20th.

Looking back on the two-day event, it is safe to say Leezer was pretty happy overall.

“We had a great weekend,” the coach remarked.

Now, the Lakers will look to come back and put together another great season in 2019.