Winning a single event in a boys swimming sectional like the one at Glenbrook North on Saturday is remarkable enough.
Doing it twice is doubly impressive.
And doing it in the specific way Elk Grove junior Colin Williams did it is almost unheard of.
Williams powered to a victory in the 100-yard butterfly, lowering his own program record by winning in 50.13 in what is his strongest race. That much isn't so surprising.
Picking a second individual race for Williams this season was a challenge of sorts for he and coach Keith Kura. But based on recent results, they made the right call.
Though his seed time didn't even have Williams competing in the fastest heat, he won the 200 free in 1:42.76, lowering the school record in process.
"We talked about it, and even thought about not swimming him in a second event," explained Kura. "But he told me he could handle it, that he was good enough to make it to state in another event, so we went with the 200.
"Everything he's said he's going to, he's done it."
Grens senior Krystian Szczepaniak finished up strong, with a team record in the 100 breast (1:01.02) and a personal best in the 200 IM (2:01.62).
Wheeling enjoyed a terrific performance, as Justin Loquercio, Kyle Noel, Jake Noel and Bryce Maczko earned a spot at state with a fifth-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:14.45).
Sophomore Jake Noel made state in the 100 back (third, 52.78) and 200 IM (fourth, 1:57.76), and Maczko made it in the 100 free (47.77).
Maine West senior Michael Connor earned state qualification in two races. He placed fourth in the 200 free (1:43.45) and third in the 100 fly (51.78).
Prospect will be represented at state for a second straight year by senior Nathanael Ginnodo, who took third place in the 100 breast in 59.86. The Knights' 200 medley relay of Sam Gabriel, Ginnodo, Michael Morikado and Carter Mau was fifth in 1:38.35, less than a tenth off the state cut.
Hersey's 200 free relay of Jack Carroll, Paul Kim, Michael Buffa and Connor Reynolds was also a near-miss, finishing in 1:28.34.
New Trier won the 200 medley and 400 free relays, and had a double winner in Jae Park (200 IM, 100 breast), to take top team honors with 252 points. Glenbrook South's Jon Salomon won the 50 and 100 freestyles as the Titans (226) finished second.