Dylan Boyd, Daniel Hein Post New Pool Records During Finals of 2016 Illinois State Championships

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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).

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    There are a few descrepancies in the article. William Bowater swam the freestyle leg of the 200 medley relay for Hinsdale Central. Also, Donovan Lahman swam the third leg of the 200 free relay and William Bowater anchored. Finally, Tommy Gruchala anchored the 400 free relay, not William Bowater. Our coach will make some last minute changes and likes to keep his options open.

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