New Trier sets eight pool records, dominates conference meet
New Trier's Jeff Park competes in the 200 yd medley relay during the CSL South swim meet Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Skokie. I David Banks~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 9, 2013 10:08PM
SKOKIE — Many of New Trier’s varsity swimmers were in the stands Friday night for the CSL South’s JV swim meet.
While there, senior Reed Malone said the team took note of Niles West’s pool records on the opposite wall.
Saturday, the two-time defending state champion Trevians nearly erased all of them in capturing the conference championship. New Trier won all 12 events, including the morning diving session, to total 439 points, easily outdistancing Glenbrook South’s 277.
Malone was in on four of the eight new record times, including his individual wins in the 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 41.81 seconds, and the 500 free in 4:39.98.
“Yeah, we were looking at that board and thinking we could take down a few of those,” said Malone, who plans to swim at USC. “We are a really deep and well-rounded team.”
New Trier junior Jae Park also established two individual pool records. He finished first in the 200 individual medley (1:53.01) and the 100 breaststroke (57.92).
New Trier senior Jack Mangan was the meet’s third two-time individual winner. The Michigan recruit took first in the 100 free (47.69) and first in the 100 backstroke (51.47). His time in the back was a pool record.
Mangan joined Malone, Park and senior Brian Walsh on the record-setting 400 free relay, which touched the wall in 3:10.61. Mangan and Malone were on the 400 free relay last season that became the first high school team to break the three-minute mark. The Trevians still hold the national public-school record at 2:59.76, which they set in the preliminaries at last year’s state meet.
Malone said the record is in the back of his mind.
“We’ve talked about it,” he said. “Jack and I have told some of the others who have swam it with us that we need them to step up. We’d like to break our record. That would be cool.”
New Trier also set pool records in the 200 medley relay (1:35.15) and the 200 free relay (1:25.84). Mangan, Park, Walsh and David Schriesheim were members of the medley relay while David Tao, Schriesheim, Conor Fotsch and Malone comprised the 200 free relay.
Pick up your local Pioneer Press newspaper Thursday to read more about the CSL South boys swimming and diving meet.