WEBSTER — Batavia’s Cooper Mattice has enjoyed a long, successful high school swimming career. However, entering Wednesday night’s Sec. V Class B Championships, something was missing - something for which Mattice still yearned.
Throughout over a half-decade at the varsity level, the senior swimmer had recorded 10 top-five sectional finishes, six top-three sectional finishes and three second-place finishes at the sectional level. Before his high school career came to a close, Mattice was desperate to become a Sec. V Champion.
On Wednesday, he made that dream come true, as the future Clarkson University Golden Knight swam his way to two titles at the Class B Championships. Mattice touched the wall first in both the 200 individual medley (2:03.34) and the 100 backstroke (54.67).
“It has been a great six years being on the team and I am so happy to cap it off with two individual wins,” said Mattice, who was also a member of the B/ND 200 IM relay and 400 freestyle relay teams that each placed second.
“Cooper wanted these two titles so much and is so deserving,” said B/ND coach Eric Geitner. “He knew exactly what he needed to do. I know a big weight is off him and what a way to end his high school swimming career.”
Along with Mattice, Notre Dame freshman Harrison Southall also put forth a solid performance at the Class B Championships, placing second in the 100 butterfly in a time of 53.73.
The B/ND team (248) finished fourth overall behind winner Canandaigua (488), runner-up HF-L (273) and third-place finisher Brockport (260).
It was a challenging season for all Sec. V swim teams, but perhaps none had more to overcome than B/ND.
“We could not be prouder of this team. We had so many obstacles to overcome, including going much of the year without a home pool,” said Geitner. “These kids and their parents were so flexible and supportive and rolled with everything. To have the performances we did is outstanding.”
The perseverance shown by Mattice matches the incredible determination that all B/ND swimmers displayed during what was an unprecedented high school swim season.