Mascoutah freshman Cole Junker didn’t win a state title or even come back with a medal on Saturday from the IHSA State Swimming and Diving Championships.
But the versatile Indians swimmer did earn a couple of top 20 finishes and a whole lot of experience for the future.
One of five local swimmers competing this weekend at Evanston Township High School, Junker placed 14th in the 100 yard backstroke and 20th in the 200 yard individual medley.
Barely missing a berth in the finals, Junker with a time of 51.89 seconds in the 100 yard backstroke. That finish came just a little while before Junker placed 20th in the 200 yard individual medley with a time of 1 minute 56.53 seconds in the 200 yard individual medley.
Highland junior Ben Thomae was 40th in the 200 IM finishing in a time of 1:59.64 seconds, while Belleville East sophomore Logan Theiss was 21st in the 100 backstroke in a time of 52.61 seconds.
Edwardsville junior Brian Baggette was 34th in the 500 yard freestyle, finishing with a time of 4 minutes 48.16 seconds while Collinsville senior Vinnie O’Connor was 29th in the 50 yard freestyle in a time of 22.10 seconds.