With another strong performance in the 100-yard breaststroke, Schaffer became the second swimmer in school history to reach the Division II state championships, which will be held on Thursday and Friday at the C.T. Branin Natatorium at McKinley High School in Canton.
At Friday’s district championship meet at the Samuel M. Cooper Natatorium in Bowling Green, Schaffer swam to his seed. With a time of 1:00.53, he finished second to earn one of two automatic spots in the 24-person state field in the event.
The time is a new school record and personal best for Schaffer, who joined Gabe Dauch (2014 graduate) as the only two swimmers from the school to reach state.
Schaffer will be joined in the event by Willard’s Nicholas Bauer, who a year ago became the first swimmer in Willard history to qualify for Canton.
Bauer finished fourth in the district race in 1:01.66, which was good for an at-large selection to state.
Schaffer was battling a shoulder issue on Friday and sat out the 200 IM so he could compete in the breaststroke. He also helped set yet another school record with the 200 medley relay team that finished ninth out of 24 teams.
The quartet of Andrew Schaffer, Jarret Schaffer, Patrick Matlack and Gavin Moffit swam to a school record time of 1:43.19.
“Overall, I am extremely pleased with the hard work and dedication that these athletes have given to this team,” St. Paul coach Stacy Stoll said. “I am proud of each of them in how far they have come and I’m very excited for what the future holds for St. Paul.
“It will be very exciting to watch Nicholas Bauer compete in the breaststroke with Jarret, too,” she added.
Preliminaries for the Division II boys swims are scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday.