CARY — Briggs Cloutier led the way Thursday for the West Carteret boys swimming team at the 3A state meet.

He finished fifth in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.95 seconds and ninth in the 100-yard freestyle in 48.35.

He joined Cameron Johnson, Chase Morrow and Cooper Law in the 400-yard freestyle relay to take 11th in 3:32, and teamed up with Kai Taylor, Johnson and Morrow in the 200-yard medley relay to take 12th in 1:48.

Johnson claimed 10th in the 100-yard butterfly in 54.77, and Taylor ended up 12th in the 200-yard medley in 2:19.

The format of this year’s state swimming championships included timed finals, rather than the traditional prelims feeding a consolation and championship heats.

The number of entries was also reduced from 24 per event to 12. Team points were awarded for the top eight times, down from the usual 16 scoring positions.

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