LIVERMORE -- No matter what Maxime Rooney chose to swim this season, a meet record was always in jeopardy.

The Granada High sophomore tried out a variety of individual events in a dominant postseason run, rewriting the record book in each of them.

But Rooney, named the East Bay Boys Swimmer of the Year, saved his best for last.

Rooney sent off his senior teammates Nick Silverthorn, Bryce McLaggan and Trent Trump with a national public high school record, swimming the anchor leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay at the North Coast Section championships.

"This was the year and to send them off having it be their last swim is amazing," Rooney said. "I'm really happy that I could contribute."

Maxime Rooney, East Bay boys swimmer of the year in Plesanton, Calif. on Monday, June 2, 2014. Rooney is a sophomore at Granada High School in Livermore.
Maxime Rooney, East Bay boys swimmer of the year in Plesanton, Calif. on Monday, June 2, 2014. Rooney is a sophomore at Granada High School in Livermore. (Jim Stevens/Bay Area News Group)

The Matadors were on pace for the record when Rooney dove in the water. When he touched the wall, Granada had lowered the 2:59.36 mark set by Indiana's Chesterton High earlier this year by 0.36 seconds.

Rooney also shined in his individual events, both at the East Bay Athletic League championships and NCS meet.

After setting league records in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly in preliminaries of the EBAL meet, he again got off to a fast start at NCS.

Dropping the backstroke and butterfly in favor of the 200 and 500 freestyle, Rooney took advantage of warm conditions during trials to shatter the NCS records in both events.

He swam the 200 in 1:35.69 and the 500 in 4:20.60.


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His times in the finals were slower in both events, but still good enough for first place.

"My coach (Greg Connell) always tells us to take advantage of our opportunities at the time and it was a really sunny day on Friday of NCS," Rooney said. "On the Saturday, I just wanted to do well and get on the podium. In the 500 I saved a little bit of energy for the (400) relay because that was our big goal for the day."

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