Jimmy Hayburn capped off an unprecedented four-year run of dominance and in the process led the St. Mary’s swim team to its fourth straight Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title.
Hayburn, a Loyola signee, won a pair of individual events and was on two winning relay teams to lead the Saints to the title on Thursday at Calvert Hall College High School in Towson. Hayburn finishes his career undefeated in individual events with just one loss in relays in high school competition.
“It’s just a testament to my family and teammates who have been such a huge support, and to the coaches for their leadership” Hayburn said. “I’ve been blessed to be a part of this team and program as well as this school.”
Hayburn won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.33 seconds, the 100 backstroke in 52.50 and was on the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams for the Saints, who finished with 409.5 points. Severn was second with 283, Saints Peter & Paul was third with 239, Pallotti was fourth with 220 and Key School was fifth with 176.5.
St. Mary’s won seven of the 11 individual events on Thursday. Cole Randolph won the 200 and 100 freestyles and Patrick Hayburn took first in the 500 freestyle.
“We were led by Jimmy, but it was an all-around effort,” St. Mary’s coach Allyson Reiter said. “It’s our second and third swimmers who have helped determine the meets.”
Connor Drucis and Geoffrey Forsyth finished second and third, respectively, in the 200 IM, Patrick Hayburn was second in the 100 fly and Forsyth was second in the 100 breast for the Saints.
“You definitely don’t come into high school as a freshman and say, ‘You know, I’m going to win four championships,’” Forsyth said. “We just put all the energy into practice every single day, and that’s what made us successful.”
Jimmy Hayburn finishes his high school career 70-0 in individual events and 69-1 in relays. Though the Saints didn’t need to win the event to win the meet, he capped his career by swimming the final leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay to put an exclamation point on his career and the Saints’ four-year run.
“Freshman year, we came in as the underdog,” he said. “We just continued to work in practice and in the meets to compete at that high level.”
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