Nothing beats postseason race day for Monroe-Woodbury’s Liam Allen.

Swimming at championship-level meets is all the senior talks about with coach Justin Wright throughout the season. The meets are a chance to reset his school record in the 100-yard backstroke.

On Saturday, the state championships marked a moment for Allen to make school history.

Allen became the first Monroe-Woodbury boy to capture a state public school individual championship with another school mark of 50.76 seconds.

“I’ve been swimming since I was 8 years old and all of those years of grinding it out have finally paid off,” said Allen, who finished second in the state Federation to Will Swartwout of Saint Anthony’s (50.27). “It’s a great feeling and I couldn’t have done it without my coaches and family.”

This week was Allen’s favorite part of the swimming season. Tapering, or cutting down in the amount of yardage in practice, signaled state championship week. Fueled by a fourth-place finish last season, Allen was driven to take a few steps up on the podium.

“The bigger the stage, the better that kid swims,” Wright said. “He’s always been that way. He’s a shine-the-lights-on, let’s-get-it-going type of kid. He lives for race day.

“That’s what he talks about, that’s what he thinks about. That’s what we talk about day in and day out. That sums up Liam Allen for sure.”

Allen’s state championship is second in Monroe-Woodbury’s swimming program. Morgan Fairclough won the girls 100 backstroke in 2012. Allen will also leave the school as the record holder in the 50 and 100 freestyles. He broke his own 50 free record with a time of 21.58 seconds in the consolations on Saturday.

Just two years ago, Allen couldn’t compete in the state championships as a sophomore. Allen was taken to hospital the night before preliminaries with chronic pain and later had his gallbladder removed in the summer of 2018.

“I was remembering this weekend what it was like sit in hospital with he and his family a couple of years ago,” Wright said. “I felt miserable about it. There was nothing I could say to make it better. Today that was the first thing I thought about when he finished. I feel we made that weekend go away. It’s a fitting end.”

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STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

(at Nassau County Aquatic Center, East Meadow)

Federation Finals

200-yard medley relay: 1. Pittsford (Aaron Kusch, Jacob Novozhenets, Neil Mortimer, Liam Murphy) 1:34.36; 2. Xavier 1:34.52; 3. Brooklyn Tech 1:35.37; 15. Monroe-Woodbury (Liam Allen, Charlie Liu, Anthony Bruno, Shane Douthit) 1:38.70

200 freestyle: 1. Jake Newmark (Garden City) 1:35.88; 2. Will Swartwout (Saint Anthony’s) 1:38.93; 3. Bryce Henkel (Albany Academy) 1:40.14; 4. Bryan Chorzempa (Rondout Valley) 1:40.80; 20. Robert Reining (Roosevelt) 1:46.02; 21. Andrew Smolar (Washingtonville) 1:43.03

200 I.M.: 1. Justin Whang (Great Neck South) 1:51.12; 2. Henry Shemet (Miller Place) 1:51.75; 3. AIdan Kreiley (Dansville) 1:52.01; 11. Phillip Sadchikov (Marlboro) 1:55.95

50 freestyle: 1. Sando Karinsky (St. Francis Prep) 20.81; 2. Jake Ang (Sewanhaka) 20.91; 3. T.J. Bearor (Queensbury) 20.99; 11. James Henriques (Minisink Valley) 21.25; 22. Liam Allen (Monroe-Woodbury) 21.58.

100 butterfly: 1. Bryce Henkel (Albany Academy) 49.43; 2. Sando Karinsky (St. Francis Prep) 49.47; 3. Jake Vecchio (Comsewogue) 49.51; 8. Evan Morales (Cornwall) 51.19; 15. Sebastian Smith (Wappingers) 52.25; 19. Anthony Bruno (Monroe-Woodbury) 52.73

100 freestyle: 1. Nicholas Shopis (Chaminade) 45.45; 2. Eli LanFear (Chenango Valley) 46.02; 12. Robert Reining (Roosevelt) 47.06; 19. James Henriques (Minisink Valley) 48.04

1-meter diving: 1. Alex Kenyon (Bloomfield) 515.45 points; 2. Ioannis Schattman (Peekskill-Croton-Hendrick Hudson) 510.20; 3. Reid Gerken (Fox Lane) 504.40; 7. jackson Vinarub (Washingtonville) 468.70

500 freestyle: 1. Jake Newmark (Garden City) 4:28.54; 2. Liam Murphy (Pittsford) 4:29.27; 3. Michael Faughnan (Lourdes) 4:30.32; 19. Sean Zupko (Valley Central) 4:45.52; 21. Andrew Smolar (Washingtonville) 4:41.63

200 freestyle relay: 1. Saint Anthony’s (Christopher Stange, Mark Owens, Matt McManus, William Swartwout) 1:24.33; 26. Minisink Valley (James Henriquez, Kyle Harrison, Owen Colfax, Jack Fulton) 1:30.87

100 backstroke: 1. Will Swartout (Saint Anthony’s) 50.27; 2. Liam Allen (Monroe-Woodbury) 50.76; 3. Bryan Chorzempa (Rondout Valley) 50.90; 14. Luka Samsonov (Newburgh Free Academy) 52.97; 17. Finn Quested (Rhinebeck) 53.44; 24. Kush Patel (Roosevelt) 53.99

100 breaststroke: 1. Aidan Kreiley (Dansville) 55.03; 2. Nicholas Schutz (Baldwinsville) 56.14; 3. Jack Kelly (Fordham Prep) 56.35; 18. Phil Sadchikov (Marlboro) 59.49

400 freestyle relay: 1. Saint Anthony’s (Christopher Stange, Mark Owens, Matthew McManus, William Swartwout) 3:05.98; 2. Chaminade 3:06.09; 3. Pittsford 3:07.35; 16. Wappingers (Kyle McGregor, Matthew McGregor, Steve Holan, Sebastian Smith) 3:15.25; 18. Monroe-Woodbury (Shane Douthit, Anthony Bruno, Samuel Koyfman, Liam Allen) 3:17.12