East swimmer turns in greatest performance in conference history

ROCKFORD – East sophomore Camden Taylor rewrote the NIC-10 swimming records on Saturday – literally.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, there were no relays in the annual NIC-10 swim meet and swimmers were allowed to enter four individual races instead of being restricted to two. 

Taylor won all four that he entered and he set conference meet records in each. His records:

  • Taylor won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of :51.96, breaking the time of :53.17 swam by Boylan’s Jack Tribble in 2013.
  • Taylor won the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 51:97 to break the time of :52.34 set by Freeport’s Mike Miller in 1995.
  • Taylor won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:38.40 to break the 1993 mark by Guilford’s Zach Newcomer (4:42.19).
  • Taylor won the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.51 to break the 2002 record by Guilford’s Brad Boswell (1:57.82).

Like all sports this year, the only disappointment is that Taylor won’t be able – at least this year – to see how much damage he could have done in a state tournament. The records he broke were set by some of the greatest swimmers in NIC-10 history. Tribble placed twice at state, Miller placed seven times with a high of third. Newcomer was a 10-time medalist with two state titles and Boswell was a three-time state champion.

Posted on 03.14.21