PROVIDENCE – Cumberland High junior Jack Bauer created a bit of personal history on Sunday afternoon.
And, in the interim, the male aquamen hailing from Smithfield High manufactured a team triumph for the ages.
Bauer didn't claim either one of his specialties at these Rhode Island Interscholastic Boys Swimming Championships, held at Brown University's Katherine Moran Coleman Aquatics Center, but couldn't have been more ecstatic about tying for second in the 100-yard butterfly or placing fourth in the 100-yard backstroke.
Here's why: In the former, he mustered a best-ever clocking of 52.78 to knot Coventry senior Shaun Vigeant, then earned another PR in the latter in 55.39.
To put in perspective, his 100 butterfly time was 1.57 seconds faster than he had ever cruised before, while the backstroke was 2.25 ticks better than the one he landed while placing fourth at this same meet a year ago.
He also provided lifetime bests in his two other outings, helping the Clippers muster ninth in the 200 medley relay (1:49.94) and 10th in the 400 freestyle relay (3:40.97).
For complete story and scoring results, see Monday's Call