LINCOLN — Though he may not have looked the part immediately after his state record swim Friday, Grand Island junior Matthew Novinski said he was all smiles on the inside.

It’s just that the backstroke star had been hoping to do a little better.

Novinski lowered his own state record in the 100-yard backstroke to 49.09 seconds.

He also swam a career-best 50.32 in the 100 butterfly, the best time in Friday’s prelims.

“With swimming, I can’t really be disappointed with what I do,” Novinski said. “In the relays we did great, and that was my best time ever in the fly, so I was pretty happy with that.”

But he’s been aiming all season to eclipse 49 seconds in the backstroke.

Fortunately for Novinski, one day remains in the season as the 79th boys state meet concludes with Saturday’s finals, scheduled to begin just after 11 a.m. at the Devaney Center.

Omaha Creighton Prep took a big step Friday toward its 10th straight state team championship, 17th in 21 seasons and 18th in school history. The Junior Jays qualified 18 swimmers in individual events for the championship heat, four in the consolation races and all three relay teams in the championship finals.

Lance Culjat, a senior competing for the Omaha Brownell-Talbot/Concordia/Roncalli co-op team, posted the day’s other all-time Top 10 mark, finishing in 56.73 in the 100 breaststroke. Culjat also led qualifiers in the 200 IM, dropping nearly three seconds from his seed time to finish in 1:54.37.

Another swimmer who qualified first in two events was Norfolk junior Cameron Carney. He posted a season-best 1:42.95 in the 200 freestyle and 46.67 in the 100 freestyle.

Both Novinski and Grand Island’s coach, Brian Jensen, said they think Novinski can eclipse 50 seconds Saturday in the 100 butterfly.

And in the 100 backstroke, Jensen said, Novinski could go lower than 48.

“He’s been working on his back half because he’s always had a good first 50,” Jensen said. “That’s been his goal. Depending on how well he can bring it back, I think a 47 is possible.”

Jensen said Novinski was close to getting his coveted 48 Friday. Staying in the middle of his lane and not gliding into the finish likely would have dropped a tenth of a second or two.

Besides aiming to do better in both of his individual events, Novinski said he’s looking forward to working with his teammates in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

“I think he wanted to do that today,” Jensen said. “He needs to come out smoother in his underwaters, and he slowed down a little in his turns. All things that can be fixed.”

Culjat, a University of Chicago recruit, just missed making the all-time list last year at state while finishing third in 57.62.

He had worked his way down to 59.19 at the Feb. 13 River Cities Conference meet before popping his big time in the second heat of Friday’s prelims.

Creighton Prep advanced all four of its swimmers to the finals in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Coach Tom Beck said the swim by junior Caleb Piti in the IM was a big one: He dropped 4.91 seconds off his seed time to qualify third in 1:55.68.

“That might have been one of our best swims of the meet,” Beck said. “We still have a lot more in the bag we can go to tomorrow.”

Beck said while the performances in the water were good overall, he sensed a lack of spirit and camaraderie outside the pool.

“We will be talking to them about that tonight at the hotel,” Beck said. “The overall team effort as far as being fully engaged in the meet and bringing energy for each other, we can do way better than that.”

200-yard medley relay

Championship: 1, Omaha Burke (Alex Frisbie, Nigel Nelson, Gavin Rogers, Alec Ellis), 1:37.82. 2, Omaha Creighton Prep, 1:38.22. 3, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South, 1:38.90. 4, Lincoln Southwest, 1:38.97. 5, Norfolk, 1:39.10. 6, Grand Island, 1:39.26. 7, Columbus, 1:40.33. 8, Millard West, 1:40.39.

Consolation: 9, Papillion-La Vista/Papillion-La Vista South, 1:41.94. 10, Millard North, 1:41.95. 11, Lincoln Southeast, 1:42.30. 12, Omaha Central, 1:42.71. 13, Lincoln Pius X, 1:42.81. 14, Lincoln Northeast, 1:43.11. 15, Bellevue West, 1:43.83. 16, Omaha Westside, 1:44.36.

200 freestyle

Championship: 1, Cameron Carney, Norfolk, 1:42.95. 2, Brandon Abboud, Prep, 1:43.62. 3, Joshua Roh, Lincoln East, 1:44.36. 4, River-Sage Tucker, Millard South, 1:45.66. 5, Sam Trofholz, Columbus, 1:45.88. 6, Jon Gouger, Prep, 1:46.58. 7, Tim Thies, Hastings, 1:46.97. 8, Orion-Bay Tucker, MS, 1:47.67.

Consolation: 9, Riley Olson, PLV/PLVS, 1:48.17. 10, Rob Guardiola, Omaha Central, 1:48.19. 11, Preston Lau, MW, 1:48.20. 12, Trevor Holland, LSE, 1:48.95. 13, Jack Hersh, MW, 1:49.17. 14, Chase Searcy, LSE, 1:49.33. 15, Hunter Smithson, MS, 1:49.47. 16, Jackson Pope, LSW, 1:50.50.

200 individual medley

Championship: 1, Lance Culjat, Omaha Brownell-Talbot/Concordia/Roncalli, 1:54.37. 2, Noah Barr, PLV/PLVS, 1:55.03. 3, Caleb Piti, Prep, 1:55.68. 4, Austin Monette-Waters, MS, 1:57.37. 5, Chase Larson, LNE, 1:59.44. 6, Ross Adkins. MN, 2:00.20. 7, Samuel Buechler, Prep, 2:01.10. 8, Jacob Sutej, Prep, 2:01.36.

Consolation: 9, Michael Ayars, LSW, 2:01.51. 10, Matt Wanetka, MW, 2:02.00. 11, Grant Holst, E/ES, 2:03.13. 12, Jacob Hangren, Prep, 2:03.40.13, Stephen Amato-Hanner, Westside, 2:03.46. 14, Joseph Berrick, Pius X, 2:04.79. 15, Spencer Olmer, Norfolk, 2:04.96. 16, Brandon LaPointe, LE, 2:05.19.

50 freestyle

Championship: 1, William Tjaden, Prep, 21.61. 2, Eric Lewandowsi, GI, 21.66. 3, Trent Mischo, MN, 21.72. 4, Colin LaFave, Prep, 21.77. 5, Nick Soltys, Prep, 21.82. 6, Ryan Patterson, E/ES, 21.89. 7, Braly Keller, LNE, 22.15. 8, Ryan Pauley, Columbus, 22.18.

Consolation: 9, McKay Lake, Scotsbluff/Gering, 22.25. 10, Billy Salber, PLV/PLVS, 22.29. 11, Ellis, 22.42. 12 (tie), Kasten Walker, Norfolk, and David Cavanaugh, PLV/PLVS, 22.53. 14, Seth Ruppert, Norfolk, 22.66. 15, Seth Striek, Columbus, 23.01. 16 (tie), Javier Quinones, PLV/PLVS and Andrew Feller, MW, 22.81 (Feller won swim-off in 22.73).

100 butterfly

Championship: 1, Matthew Novinski, GI, 50.32. 2, Nolan Reid, LSW, 51.57. 3, River Tucker, 51.78. 4, Pauley, 52.20. 5, Salber, 52.44. 6, LaFave, 52.52. 7, Ethan Huss, M, 53.69. 8, Diego Trejo, MS, 53.97.

Consolation: 9, Jackson Thompson, Omaha Skutt/Elkhorn Mt. Michael, 54.20. 10, Tanner Cardin, BW, 54.26. 11, Nate Frantz, E/ES, 54.63. 12, Matt Wanetka, MW, 54.68. 13, Paolo Dogliani, PLV/PLVS, 54.72. 14, Alex Sokolov, LSE, 54.99. 15, Larson, 55.30. 16, Garrett Brockman, LHS, 55.39.

100 freestyle

Championship: 1, Carney, 46.67. 2, Mischo, 47.65. 3, Lewandowski, 47.71. 4, Soltys, 47.82. 5, Lukas Hezel, Ralston/Omaha Gross, 48.36. 6, Michael Simmons, Prep, 48.66. 7, Thies, 48.81. 8, Lake, 48.83.

Consolation: 9, Frisbie, 48.84. 10, Nathaniel Singh, Prep, 48.99. 11, Holland, 49.21. 12, Keegan Schuchart, Beatrice, 49.41. 13, Colin O’Connell, MW, 50.04. 14, Quinones, 50.15. 15, Dalton Fucik, MW, 50.41. 16, Chris Evans, MW, 50.65.

500 freestyle

Championship: 1, Conner Funke, E/ES, 4:42.91. 2, Abboud, 4:44.11. 3, Roh, 4:47.49. 4, Stanton, 4:52.37. 5, Olson, 4:52.40. 6, Matthew Sutej, Prep, 4:53.25. 7, Pope, 4:53.56. 8, Lau, 4:53.76.

Consolation: 9, Orion Tucker, 4:55.00. 10, Jack Luddy, MN, 4:55.67. 11, Cardin, 4:57.11. 12, Hersh, 4:59.08. 13, Jackson Hanus, Westside, 4:59.35. 14, Andrew Vasquez, Burke, 5:00.54. 15, Gouger, 5:00.78. 16, Caleb Harthoorn, Norfolk, 5:02.76.

200 freestyle relay

Championship: 1, Papio/Papio South (Noah Barr, David Cavanaugh, Billy Salber, Riley Olson), 1:27.68. 2, Omaha Creighton Prep, 1:28.26. 3, Norfolk, 1:28.97. 4, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South, 1:30.01. 5, Millard South, 1:30.12. 6, Columbus, 1:30.41. 7, Millard West, 1:30.44. 8, Millard North, 1:30.58.

Consolation: 9, Lincoln East, 1:30.67. 10, Scottsbluff/Gering, 1:30.90. 11, Ralston/Omaha Gross, 1:31.09. 12, Lincoln Northeast, 1:31.28. 13, Omaha Burke, 1:31.49. 14, Lincoln Southeast, 1:32.64. 15, Lincoln Pius X, 1:33.75. 16, Lincoln High, 1:33.79.

100 backstroke

Championship: 1, Novinski, 49.09 (state record, No. 1 all-time, betters own 49.15, 2015). 2, Hezel, 51.55. 3, Tjaden, 52.61. 4 (tie), Piti and Simmons, 52.66. 6, Reid, 53.55. 7, Frisbie, 53.92. 8, Trofholz, 54.17.

Consolation: 9, Ayars, 54.45. 10, Collin McKelvey, Kearney, 55.15. 11, Searcy, 55.33. 12, Thompson, 55.45. 13, Schuchart, 55.71. 14, Jordan Coffey, Pius X, 56.11. 15, Gavin Grabill, Burke, 56.84. 16, Tyler Mona, Omaha North, 56.94.

100 breaststroke

Championship: 1, Culjat, 56.73 (No. 5 all-time). 2, Brian Magee, Prep, 57.98. 3, Barr, 58.01. 4, Funke, 59.82. 5, Michael Franco, Prep, 59.91. 6, Christian Howell, BW, 1:00.04. 7, Hangren, 1:00.29. 8, Monette-Waters 1:00.59.

Consolation: 9, Olmer, 1:00.82. 10, Irving Delgado, Prep, 1:00.86. 11, Guardiola, 1:00.92. 12 (tie), Ellis and Alexander Bayles, Westside, 1:01.16. 14, Feller, 1:01.70. 15, Chas Nolte, LSW, 1:01.71. 16, Max Edwards, MS, 1:01.91.

400 freestyle relay

Championship: 1, Prep (Abboud, Soltys, Singh, Simmons), 3:15.57. 2, Papillion-La Vista/Papillion-La Vista South, 3:15.72. 3, Millard South, 3:16.30. 4, Lincoln Southeast, 3:18.39. 5, Millard North, 3:19.04. 6, Grand Island, 3:19.79. 7, Lincoln East, 3:20.14. 8, Lincoln Southwest, 3:20.15.

Consolation: 9, Millard West, 3:20.18. 10, Omaha Burke, 3:20.49. 11, Lincoln Northeast, 3:20.96. 12, Ralston/Omaha Gross, 3:21.25. 13, Scottsbluff/Gering, 3:22.01. 14, Omaha Central, 3:24.17. 15, Norfolk, 3:24.77. 16, Elkhorn/Elkhorn South, 3:26.47.

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