In a matchup of what might be the Mid-Suburban League's two most improved boys swimming teams, Palatine ended up with a slight edge.
The Pirates pulled out a 98-88 victory over host Wheeling on Friday.
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Of the relays, Palatine won only the 200-yard medley with Robert Hank, Omar El Hoffi, Michael Myszka and Christian Kalfas. But the Pirates' depth showed with 2-3 finishes in both freestyle relays.
Wheeling had a clear edge in first-place finishers, as Kyle Noel (200 free), Jake Noel (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), Lukasz Szczepaniec (50 free), Austin Lockwood (diving) and Bryce Maczko (100 free, 100 back) each took top honors.
But Hank won the 100 fly, and Palatine's Marcus Carter-Buckmann, Jordan Kalina and Jacob Baran provided a 1-2-3 sweep in the 500 freestyle. The Pirates also had a 2-3-4 finish in the 200 free with Kalfas, Kalina and Walter Kleinfeldt.
Hoffman Estates d. Prospect: The host Hawks won both freestyle relays and counted individual wins from Nick Jessee (200-meter free, 100 free), Sang Han (50 free, 100 breast) and Luke Iehl (diving) in delivering a 94-92 victory.
Prospect's Nathanael Ginnodo won the 200 IM and was a close second to Han in the breastroke (1:07.91-1:09.19).
The Knights got a win from Michael Morikado (100 fly) and a 1-2-3 finish in the 100 back with Sam Gabriel, Liam Hansen and Ryan Lakner.
Buffalo Grove d. Schaumburg: Matt Schulstad and KC Lotzer both won a pair of individual events and had legs on winning relays as the host Bison earned a 103-68 victory.
Other individual winners for BG included Nick Poirier (100-yard free, 52.70), Zach Augustyn (50 free, 24.44) and Brandon Hausfeld (100 back, 59.38).
Schaumburg's Dylan Rust and Mitt Sigler went 1-2 in diving (206.95 and 202.20), and Adam Kobiela was tops in the 100 breast (1:14.46).
Conant d. Rolling Meadows: The visiting Cougars swept the relays, and Jon Burke and Alex Shozda both won a pair of races in a 120-65 decision.
Burke was tops in the 200-yard IM (2:02.20) and the 500 free (4:49.21); Shozda won the 200 free (1:54.45) and 100 back (55.17).
Rolling Meadows had winners in Jake Barson (100 breast, 1:04.89) and Matt Crigler (diving, 216.75).