Boys swimming: Records fall at MSL meet as Barrington wins again

 
By Greg Swiderski
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 2/15/2020 9:28 PM

Six pool records and three Mid-Suburban League boys swimming records went by the wayside Saturday afternoon at the conference meet held at Schaumburg High School.

Barrington won the event handily for the second year in a row, scoring 240.5 points. Rolling Meadows finished second with 175, besting third-place finisher Fremd which had 174. Prospect and Palatine rounded out the top five. The Knights scored 164.5 and the Pirates 158.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

"We're fortunate to have a pretty deep program," said Barrington coach John Valentine. "We're so deep and it helps us with points and the end of a meet. The times that we had today are what we anticipated. We're hoping for a little better times at next week's sectional at Stevenson."

Barrington senior Jack Hoppe won two events, claiming the 200-yard freestyle in 1:46.90 over Prospect's Andrew Tonkovic (1:48.67). Hoppe then took home the 100-yard breaststroke in 58:99 over Fremd's Kevin Han.

"I really wanted to win those," said Hoppe. "I have been going out too quickly and tiring. I knew these would be important to win. I was able to see where my opponents were in their lanes. I wanted to put them away quickly."

The Broncos' Griffin O'Leary broke two pool and two MSL records.

O'Leary won the 100-yard butterfly in 50.32, breaking the 2013 record held by Barrington's Kyle Ujiye (50.46) and the 2018 pool record of 50.76. O'Leary went on to break his own 2019 record in the backstroke and J. Glen's 1997 pool record.

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"Griffin has a great work ethic," said Valentine. "He shows up early, helps others and most importantly, he's a sophomore. He still has a few years to show what he can do."

"I'm happy with the results today," said O'Leary. " This is a benchmark for next week's sectionals. Today I went in knowing that I've had hard training. I had good competition in my events."

Barrington's Daniel Langlois finished second to Prospect's Tim Hays, who won the 200 individual medley in 1:57.57 to Langlois' 1:57.81. Langlois would come back in the 500-yard freestyle, posting a 4-second win over Tonkovic in a 4:52.99 mark.

Shawn Ujiiye would come in first for the Broncos in the 100-yard freestyle with a 48.64 time, besting Palatine's Ethan Marunde.

Rolling Meadows set three pool and two MSL records in the 200 medley, 200 free relay and the 400 free relay.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Vlad Molin, Jacob Hardt, Lukas Slifierz, and Sam Keely led the Mustangs in those three events. Rolling Meadows won the 200 medley in 1:36.42, erasing Barrington's 1:39.61 record set in 1990.

A 1:26.78 time in the 200 free relay broke Barrington's 1:27.03 record from 2013 and Fremd's pool record of 1:30.49.

In the 400, the Mustangs took home the final event in 3:12.42 over Barrington, which finished with a 3:14.36. Rolling Meadows' time broke Lake Park's 1988 record of 3:15.23.

"This team has talked about these events this year since last March," said Mustangs coach Monika Chiappetta. "They work very well together and push each other in practice. Our kids were very excited about winning these events today. They work hard and support each other."

Keely, the anchor on the relay teams, also won the 50-yard freestyle in a pool record time of 21:13 over Palatine's Christian Snyder.

Jack Epperson from Prospect took home top honors in diving with an event mark of 413.35 over Buffalo Grove's Ryan Dumrauf, whose 405.45 picked up second place. Fellow Bison Holden Wheeler finished third and Lantz Kurzawinski of Schaumburg fourth.

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