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Evanston dominates Niles North boys swimming sectional

02/22/2014, 8:30pm CST
By Mike Chamernik | For Sun-Times Media | @MikeChamernik

The Wildkits won eight of the 12 events for able-bodied athletes en route to 323 team points and first place.

Evanston's Maciej Olszewski reacts after winning the 200-yard individual medley

Evanston's Maciej Olszewski reacts after winning the 200-yard individual medley during the Niles North boys swimming sectional in Skokie. | Jon Durr/for Sun-Times Media

SKOKIE — Evanston dominated Saturday's Niles North boys swimming sectional meet as seven swimmers from the school qualified for state in six individual events and three relays.

The Wildkits won eight of the 12 events for able-bodied athletes en route to 323 team points and first place. Evanston also won the first three events of the afternoon: the 200-yard medley relay, the 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley.

"Right off the bat our medley relay swam really well," Evanston coach Kevin Auger. "Once the ball starts rolling it keeps on rolling."

Evanston had eight individual entrants qualify for the state meet. Wildkits junior Ryan Knohl won the 200 free (1 minute, 42.95 seconds) and the 500 free (4:40.23), junior Maciej Olszewski won the 200 IM (1:55.61) and the 100 breaststroke (58.82), and senior Christopher Russo won the 100 free (46.68). Junior Jake Girard finished second in the 200 IM (1:58.23) and senior Joseph Seguine-Hall was runner-up in the 100 free (47.26). Seguine-Hall also came in third in the 50 free (21.87).

The first-place finishers in each event advanced to the state meet. Entrants that met the state standard also qualified for state.

Olszewski, Knohl, Russo and senior Christian Stankovic won the 200 medley relay (1:36.72); Russo, Girard, Seguine-Hall and sophomore Adrian Lafont-Mueller won the 200 free relay (1:26.73); and Russo, Lafont-Mueller, Seguine-Hall and Stankovic won the 400 free relay (3:07.98). All three teams qualified for state, which is scheduled for Friday and March 1 at Evanston.

Niles North finished second with 215 points. The Vikings didn't win any events, but senior Dimitar Kirilov finished second in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.06) and qualified to swim at state. Kirilov only swam the 100 breaststroke and the breaststroke leg of the  200 medley relay. 

"We put all of our chips in the 100 breaststroke, and it paid off," Niles North coach Seth Orlove said.

Niles North freshman Maxim Royzen won the diving competition (447.45).

Maine South scored 179 points and came in third. Seniors Marco Padron (21.62) and Makai Deneve-Arnam (21.81) finished first and second, respectively, in the 50 free and qualified for state.

Northside senior Connor Gillespie won both the 100 backstroke (52.33) and the 100 butterfly (51.88). Northside finished fourth with 172 points.

Niles West (159 points), Lane (138), Maine East (75), Von Steuben (69), Taft (26) and Notre Dame (8) rounded out the competition.

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