CANTON: Brecksville senior David Madej stood atop the podium with a smile twice on Saturday night as a Division I state champion at C.T. Branin Natatorium.

Madej, a Stanford University recruit, was one of several standouts in the 91st annual boys state swimming and diving championship meet with victories in the 50-yard freestyle in 20.33 seconds and the 100-yard butterfly in 47.48 seconds.

“I executed well,” Madej said. “That was one of the best technical 50s I think I have had in a while. There were a lot of big dudes in that heat and there is a lot of choppy water. I just got lucky and got my hand on the wall first.”

Brecksville coach Mark Krusinski said he saw “pure determination” in Madej in the 50 freestyle, and that the 5-foot-11 standout was “in for a dogfight in that race.”

Madej then turned around and 30 minutes later won the 100 butterfly.

“My main goal was to get my heart rate down after the 50 free and really attack that 100 fly,” Madej said. “It wasn’t a perfect swim, but I raced it really hard.”

Madej also contributed to two scoring relays. The Bees’ 400 freestyle relay was second in 3:04.06 with junior Eric Chimes, junior Colin Charbonneau and sophomore Pete Krusinski; and the 200 freestyle relay was fourth in 1:23.66 with senior Brandon Deuch, senior Jack Krusinski and sophomore Pete Krusinski.

Hudson junior Jay Johnson won his first state title in the 100 freestyle in 44.69 seconds, and moments later received a hug from coach Matt Davis.

“This is a crazy feeling,” Johnson said. “I have wanted to get to this point since last year at the state meet. This is something that is very special. What I take away from this race is having my teammates and my family here to support. This is truly incredible. … Last year I lost my grandfather [Thomas Johnson] right before the state meet. Like three days before the state meet, so this year I wanted to come out and swim these races for him and make my family proud.”

Johnson was also second in the 200 freestyle in 1:37.52. Cincinnati Sycamore sophomore Carson Foster set a state record in the event with a time of 1:34.19.

Johnson’s evening ended with a third in the 400 freestyle relay. Johnson, sophomore Liam Clarke, senior Jacob Tuckerman and sophomore Caleb Tuckerman clocked a 3:06.20.

North Canton Hoover senior Nathaniel Mullens was fourth in the 50 freestyle (20.50) and sixth in the 100 freestyle (46.23).

Hoover also took third in the 200 freestyle relay with junior Vincent Stevens, junior William Schneider, freshman Karl Helmuth and Mullens combining to post a 1:23.57.

Walsh Jesuit sophomore Kaden Smesko placed third in the 100 backstroke (49.44).

North Royalton senior Colton Phelps was fifth in the 200 IM (1:51.89) and sixth in the 100 butterfly (50.08).

Lyle Yost of Shaker Heights won the 1-meter diving competition with 602.4 points. The best area diver was Jacob Stephens of Firestone (13th, 418.95 points).

Cincinnati St. Xavier scored 413 points and won its 39th state team title. Brecksville (150 points), Cincinnati Sycamore (122), Hoover (121), Toledo St. Francis DeSales (100) and Hudson (96) rounded out the top six.

“This was our goal all year long — to try to get runner-up at the state meet,” Brecksville coach Mark Krusinski said. “To do that with seven boys in this meet is just phenomenal.”

Michael Beaven can be reached at 330-996-3829 or mbeaven@thebeaconjournal.com.