TKA Swimmers Claim Multiple State Titles

The state champion 200 medley relay team on the podium.

The King’s Academy’s historic season for its boys swimming team came to an end at the FHSAA state championships on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Sailfish Aquatics Park in Stuart.

Stunning the competition was a dominant race by the 200-medley relay team. The team of Joshua Zuchowski, Noah Sipowski, Christian Proscia and Will Coady, claimed the state championship in a race that was never close and posted a time that qualified them as automatic NISCA All-Americans. Automatic All-American status is assigned to any swimming individual or relay that posts a time that is top-100 in the United States.

“The boys on this relay team set a goal, and I’m so happy that through their intense hard work for months they accomplished it,” head coach Jonathan Zuchowski said. “I am even more excited for their automatic All-American status. There are so many swimming state champions across the country and only 100 automatic high school All-Americans. It is very impressive and well earned.”

Joshua Zuchowski exceeded high expectations by not only defending his 2018 state championship in the 100 backstroke, but adding the 200 individual medley state championship as well. Zuchowski now has four FHSAA state medals and also claimed All-American status. The accomplishments of the relay team and Zuchowski grew in significance when it was recently announced that the times of all three state championships they claimed were good enough to win in all four of the FHSAA classifications.

“The only people who really understand the work that has gone into these accomplishments are the members of our swimming community,” Director of Athletics Dr. Chris Hobbs said. “That’s what I feel responsible to communicate. These young men take on an incredible training load for months and years. These accomplishments are the result of those enormous efforts.”

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