CANTON — Forget the Carnation City. On Friday night, Alliance was known for its Rose.

After falling short of his lofty state meet goals the past two years, Aviators junior Will Rose put on a show at C.T. Branin Natatorium, overpowering his challengers in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 freestyle to win the first two gold medals in school history at the Division II state meet.

“I’ve said since my freshman year that I wanted to put Alliance on the map,” said Rose, who accomplished the feat in back-to-back races separated by about 15 minutes. “I don’t think for a second that I got here by myself. My whole support crew, I pointed to them after the race.

“I knew I had it in me, I knew I could double and I wanted everyone to see ‘Alliance Swimming’ on my chest. I’m just so proud to be on top of the podium for Alliance. I love Alliance so much.”

Archbishop Hoban senior Michael Heller reached the podium twice, in the 50 freestyle and in the 100 freestyle. Heller finished fourth in 50 freestyle, with a time of 21.60 and was sixth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.48.

Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy junior Josh Wodrich became the first Royals swimmer to finish on the podium as an individual in school history. Wodrich, who qualified eighth, finished seventh in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.20.

Rose won both his events by at least a second, finishing the 100 fly in 48.04 to easily pull away from Cincinnati Seven Hills senior Greg Kalin (49.11), who had the fastest qualifying time after Thursday’s preliminaries.

Rose then blistered the 100 free field with a time of 45.29, well ahead of Bowling Green senior Jack Burroughs (46.29).

When asked after the second race how he was feeling, he panted out two words: “Hurtin’. Fast.”

The victories weren’t surprising, but they brought both excitement and relief to Rose, who made no secret of his desire to win multiple state titles when he was still a freshman two years ago. But Rose placed second to New Philadelphia’s Sem Andreis, a foreign exchange student from Italy, in both the 50- and 100 freestyle in 2017. Then, last year, Rose finished second in the 100 free and took third in the 100 backstroke.

“When I hit sectionals [this year] and proved to myself that I could go fast in a Speedo and in my training conditions, I was a little lighter in practice, a little happier," Rose said. "And I wasn’t nervous tonight. I knew I had it in me. I just had to put it together.”