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The Lyons claimed the Illinois Boys high school state championship in a close meet on Saturday.
In the 200 Medley Relay the New Trier boys Boys pulled off a nail-bitter of a win to start off the finals session by posting a time of 1:31.51. Coming in immediately afterwards with a time of 1:31.84 was the Hindsdale Central relay and in third were the Lyons boys at 1:32.04.
In the 200 IM cruising to a one second drop from his prelims time and eclipsing his former IHSA record with a 1:46.02 was senior Sam Iida from Glenbrook South. In second place was junior Michael Petro from Hersey in 1:50.45, and in third was sophomore William Myhre of St. Charles North with a time of 1:51.24
Up next in the 50 free, competition remained tight with Topher Stensby coming out on top with a time of 20.44, Franco Reyes coming in second with a near identical time of 20.49, and Phillip Sajaev closing in on third with a time of 20.75.
Following the diving break the swimmers dove in for the 100 fly. In an impressive back to back swim, Reyes pulled off the quick turn-around and finished first in a time of 48.29. Making his second appearance in the top three was Petro came in second with a time of 48.94. Finishing in third was Tyler Sesvold with a time of 49.02.
The sprinters were back in the water for the 100 Freestyle. Michael Balcerak earned his spot at the top of a podium with a time of 45.12. Quickly following in second was Stensby taking home his second medal of the day with a time of 45.14. Finishing in third was Henry Claesson with a time of 45.52.
Jumping in to start the 500 freestyle and finishing in first with a time of 4:23.63 was Iida who earned his first medal earlier in the meet in the 200 IM. In second was junior Colton Paulson with a time of 4:24.64. Rounding off the podium was Levy Nathan with a time of 4:25.93
Up quickly next was the 200 Freestyle relay and claiming the gold medal was the Hindsdale Central boys with a blistering 1:22.89. In second was the Lyons coming in with a 1:24.34, and quickly in third was the Stevenson boys in a time of 1:24.78
In the next event, the 100 Backstroke, junior Spencer Walker from Lyons claimed the throne with a 48.70. Finishing in second and earning his second medal of the meet was Sesvold with a time 49.42. And earning the final podium spot was Patrick Gridley in a time of 50.36
Closing out the individual events was the 100 Breastroke. Charlie Scheinfeld won the event in an impressive 54.63, which was a half second drop from his already impressive prelims time. Myrhe, who made his first podium appearance earlier in the 200 IM, came in second with a time of 55.13. Sajaev earned his second medal with a time of 55.42.
The New Trier boys dominated the 400 freestyle relay dropping a 3:03.00. The Stevenson boys came in a second and a half behind with a 3:04.54. Closing in quickly and securing the meet victory was the Lyons with a time 3:04.70.
Final Team Scores:
1. Lyons 156.5
2. Hinsdale Central 142
3. New Trier 120
Full results on Meet Mobile: IHSA Boys State Championship.