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The 2016 Illinois Boys High School State Championships concluded yesterday with the Lyons taking home the state title with a total of 146 points. Naperville C took home second with 122 points, while Hinsdale Central was a close third with 117 points.
Hinsdale Central kickstarted the meet with a battle for first in the 200 medley relay with Lyons. Craig Smith (23.59), Billy Leader (26.16), Franco Reyes (21.55), and Tommy Gruchala (21.09) posted a combined time of 1:32.39 over Lyons’ final time of 1:32.81.
Dylan Boyd of Lake Forest neared the pool record of 1:37.34 in the 200 free with a time of 1:37.67. Notre Dame’s Colton Paulson finished second with a time of 1:39.78, while third went to Chris Kearney of Loyola Academy (1:41.03).
Andrew Loy of Normal West and Sam Iida of Glenbrook South dueled for first with final times only .20 seconds apart from each other. Loy stopped the clock at 1:48.13 over Iida’s 1:48.33.
The 50 free proved to be an extra close race with the top three finishers posting times a slim .04 seconds apart. Champaign Central’s Payton Woods claimed first with a final time of 20.94. Notre Dame’s Sam Neaveill and Downers Grove’s Sam Dumford finished with times of 20.97 and 20.98 respectively.
Reyes flew to a new pool record in the 100 fly overturning the previous 2012 record of 48.23 with a sizzling 47.50. DeKalb’s Daniel Hein finished second, also under the pool record, with a time of 48.15.
Joe Myhre of St. Charles North delivered a swift 44.92 to finish first in the 100 free. Neaveill turned in a time of 45.50 for second, ahead of Loy’s time of 45.74.
Paulson claimed a win in the 500 free with a final time of 4:25.87, bettering upon his prelims time of 4:27.01. Iida finished second with a time of 4:26.95, while Plainfield Central’s Ryan Netzel took third with a 4:33.01.
The 200 free relay was a close race with Hinsdale Central and Naperville C posting final times .13 seconds apart. Hinsdale Central’s Reyes (20.40), Smith (21.28), William Bowater (20.87), and Donovan Lahmann (21.15) posted a combined time of 1:23.70. Naperville C’s Phillip Sajaev (20.85), Nick Rosenstiel (21.45), Kyle Jackson (21.12), and Eric Gerlach (20.41) finished second with a 1:23.83.
After posting a state record in prelims of the 100 back, Hein succeeded in lowering the pool record to a 48.37 in finals. His time replaced Alex Snarski’s 48.67 from 2014. Wheaton Academy’s Tyler Sesvold finished second with a 49.98, while Naperville C’s Scott Piper rounded out the top three with a 50.29.
Lyons’ relay team of Ryan Hammond (46.93), Ben Breitenbucher (45.87), Weston Credit (45.87), and Henry Claesson (46.04) claimed the final race of the day, the 400 free relay, with a combined time of 3:04.71. Naperville C finished second overall with a time of 3:05.67, while third went to Hinsdale Central (3:05.79).