CSL South boys swimming & diving championship notebook: Glenbrook South relays excel
Evanston's Jake Girard competes in the 200 yd IM during the CSL South swim meet Saturday, February 9, 2013 in Skokie. I David Banks~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 15, 2013 12:36PM
SKOKIE — Glenbrook South took second place to conference powerhouse New Trier, the state’s two-time defending champion, at the CSL South swim meet.
The Titans didn’t win an event Saturday at Niles West, but they were the runners-up in all three relays to total 277 points and outdistance Evanston (210 points).
Senior Bob Meyer, junior Jake Nelson, sophomore Jon Salomon and freshman Salganik were second in the 200 medley relay (1 minute, 40.73 seconds). Senior Tommy Cahill, junior Seamus Heneghan, Meyer and Salomon were second in the 200 free relay (1:29.68) and senior Ethan Spalding, junior Kevin Benson, Heneghan and Salganik were second in the 400 free relay (3:20.96).
Salganik swam strong on his own at his first varsity league meet, finishing fourth in the 100 butterfly (56.44). Freshman Tommy Hagerty also earned the praise of coach Keith MacDonald by taking third in the 500 free (4:53.85).
Salomon, a standout in his second season with the Titans, took second in the 200 individual medley (1:57.32) and fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.54).
Seniors Matt Kramer and Tom Larocca and juniors Makai Arnam-DeNeve and Marco Padron already have made Maine South history in the 200 free relay.
Their time of 1:29.97 on Saturday, which was good for third at the conference meet, marked the first time any Maine South quartet had gone faster than 1:30 before the state series. Even more impressive, those Hawks weren’t shaved or fully rested for last weekend’s meet.
“That’s been a really, really good relay for us,” Maine South coach Don Kura said. “We hope to go even faster at the sectional.”
Although Kramer didn’t earn a medal, Kura said the freestyler looked sharp in the water. Kramer finished seventh in the 200 free (1:51.17) and tied for seventh in the 100 free (50.83).
Padron was the team’s top individual finisher, earning sixth place in the 50 free (23.25).
The Hawks, who will compete at the Glenbrook North Sectional this weekend, finished with 157 points.
Once again, Evanston was paced by a core group of non-seniors.
Junior Chris Russo, junior Joe Seguine-Hall, sophomore Maciej Olszewski, sophomore Ryan Knohl, sophomore Christian Stankovic and sophomore Jake Girard combined to score the majority of points to carry the Wildkits to third place.
Russo, Knohl, Olszewski and Stankovic teamed up to take third in the 200 medley relay (1:43.05). Seguine-Hall, Girard, Knohl and Russo also swam to third place in the 400 free relay (3:23.06).
Individually, Russo was the top performer, finishing fourth in the 50 free (22.70) and sixth in the 100 free (50.10).
Strong on the boards
Senior diver David Heller scored the most points for Niles West at its home pool when he finished as the runner-up to New Trier junior Reiker Seiffe.
Heller totaled 351.20 points to Seiffe’s 383.95. Niles West sophomore Jeremy Sands was sixth in the diving session with 332 points.
SWenior Drake Nickell also had a good day in the water, finishing fourth in the 100 free (49.66) and fifth in the 50 free (22.90) as the Wolves were fifth as a team with 126 points.