Alton High School freshman Matthew Daniel took first place in the boys’ 13-14 200-meter butterfly at the Central Zone 14U Championships in Oklahoma City.
Winning is nothing new for Matthew Daniel; he’s been doing it inside a swimming pool for quite some time.
On Aug. 1-3 he added another title to his burgeoning résumé by nabbing first place in the boys’ 13-14 200-meter butterfly at the Central Zone 14U Championships in Oklahoma City. Daniel was clocked in 2:11.51 during his winning race.
The 200 butterfly was one of 10 events Daniel competed in at the USA Swimming-sanctioned event.
Individually he finished third in the 100-meter freestyle in 56.06, third in the 400-meter freestyle in 4:18.01, fifth in the 800-meter freestyle in 8:54.31, fifth in the 100-meter butterfly in 1:01.27 and sixth in the 200-meter freestyle in 2:03.43.
He also swam as the anchor on four relay events, taking third in the boys’ 13-14 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:44.72, third in the 400-meter freestyle relay in 3:48.50, fourth in the 400-meter medley relay in 4:17.29 and eighth in the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 1:59.78.
Daniel represented Ozark Swimming in Oklahoma City, helping the team to a third-place finish with 2,136 points. Minnesota Swimming Zone Team won the team title with 4,669.50 points.
He set five records at Summers-Port during the summer season swimming for the Sharks. He also earned three individual SWISA records and was part of a new SWISA benchmark with the 200-yard freestyle relay team during the SWISA Championships July 20 at Summers-Port.
On July 25-27 his accomplishments continued with being honored with “The Penny Taylor” Award for outstanding swimmer at the Ozark Conference meet at SIUC. He snapped a 17-year mark in the 13-14 200-meter butterfly. He won six first-place medals at the event. He’s put together numerous other winning times inside the pool, too.
Daniel, an incoming freshman at Alton High School, plans to swim for the Redbirds this season.