Nathan Roodzant knew what predicament he put himself in and he was fine with the situation and outcome.

On Friday in the preliminary heat at the Central Section Swimming Championships, the Bakersfield Christian senior seemingly averted disaster, leaving himself in lane 8 in the finals of the boys 200-yard individual medley on Saturday at the Clovis Olympic Swim Complex in Fresno.

Not being in the frey and in the far outside lane left some doubt where Roodzant was in the finals throughout the race, but near the end, he knew he accomplished exactly what he came out to do.

Roodzant finished second overall in the finals in a time of 1 minute, 53.89 seconds. The top-two finishers in each race automatically qualify for the CIF State Championships next weekend back at Clovis West.

Independence freshman Paige Taber, Centennial senior Alex Castro and Liberty junior Slaytynn Simpson are also headed to state.

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