The marquee matchup went in favor of Rolling Meadows, but Prospect had a slightly happier ending.
Rolling Meadows junior Jake Barson and Prospect senior Nathanael Ginnodo finally had a head-to-head meeting as the Mid-Suburban League's top two 100-yard breaststrokers so far this season competed on Friday at Elk Grove in an East Division duel.
Barson produced the top MSL time with a 1:01.03, just ahead of Ginnodo (1:01.89).
But as has been the case for so many of Prospect's foes, the Knights' balance and depth was just too formidable in a 109-77 decision.
Michael Morikado won the 200-yard freestyle (1:56.32) and 100 fly (55.64) and also had legs on the Prospect's winning medley (1:42.56) and winning 400 free relay (3:30.28). Ginnodo won the 200 IM (2:05.30), and Alex Morikado took top honors in the 500 free (5:19.85).
Mustangs sophomore Kuba Debkowski won the 50 free (23.49) and 100 free (52.0) and also had a leg on the winning 200 free relay.
"That was one of the best meets I've ever been a part of," said Prospect coach Alfonso Lopez, whose team improved to 3-0 against MSL East foes. "Both teams really stepped up."
Rolling Meadows' medley of Filip Pancerz, Barson, Tony Sarussi and Debkowski finished in 1:43.89, drawing them closer to the team record of 1:41.4.
Ryan Smith, Tim McDonough, Sarussi and Joey Ure provided a 200 free relay victory for the Mustangs in 1:36.71, and freshman breaststroker Kamil Halaj lopped some three seconds of his previous best in clocking a 1:06.9.
"We just had a phenomenal meet," said Rolling Meadows coach Monika Chiappetta. "Right from the start, both sides made each other swim out of their minds."
Fremd d. Palatine: In the Mid-Suburban West, Friday's boys swimming meet between Fremd and Palatine was a nice illustration of what the division has in store in the coming seasons.
None of the individual races was won by a senior.
In fact, in the hosts Vikings' 105-76 victory, only one was a senior cracked the top three in the entire meet.
Fremd freshmen Nick Seroni and Joey Carlisle won both their individual events. Seroni had the top efforts in the 200-meter freestyle (2:05.16) and 100 fly (1:02.47), while Carlisle won the 400 free (4:31.33) and 100 back (1:03.99).
Junior Connor Helsdingen won the 50 free (25.56), sophomore Roshan Rajan won the 100 free (56.68) and and sophomore Ryan Klarner won diving (197.05) as the Vikings took top honors in all three relays.
Palatine, meanwhile, had a double individual winner in freshman Alex Bartosik, who had the top efforts in the 200 IM (2:17.82) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.84).
Wheeling d. Elk Grove: Kyle Noel had the top efforts in the 200 free and 100 back, while Jake Noel won the 200-yard IM and 100 fly to help lead the host Wildcats to a 112-71 decision.
Elk Grove's Colin Williams had the winning 50-yard free time (22.84), just ahead of Wheeling's Bryce Maczko (22.91). Maczko ended up winning the 100 free in 50.14.
Wheeling also had wins from Justin Loqercio in the 500 free and from Nate Reiff in the 100 breast, and Elk Grove had a winning 200 free relay (Krystian Szczepaniak, Chris Doruff, Alex Pauls and Williams, 1:32.40.
Barrington d. Schaumburg: The visiting Broncos showed no signs of letting up in the MSL West, capturing a 147-37 victory and remaining unbeaten against divisional foes.
Barrington won all the swimming events, with a pair of wins from Colin Cross (200 IM, 100 breast) and Colin O'Leary (100 fly, 100 back).
Senior Sebastian Piekarski won the 50-meter free in a terrific 24.73, while Mitch Gavars had the top 400 free (4:25.01) and John Lagoni won the 200 free (2:09.68).
Schaumburg got a victory from Adam Maslowski in diving (187.9).
Hoffman Estates d. Conant: Joey Smiley won the 100-meter free (1:00.15) and had legs on two winning relays to help the Hawks past the visiting Cougars 101-85.
Bartosz Widelak won the 50 free and placed second in the 100 fly along with winning relay legs for Hoffman Estates, and Jacob Pasaye won the 200 IM and joined those same relays.
Kazuki Morita won both the 200 and 400 freestyles for Conant.