The Lyons Township High School boys swimming team topped Hinsdale Central 316 to 253 to win their sectional team title on Saturday.
Riverside-Brookfield (133), Downers Grove South (122) and Glenbard West (115) rounded out the top 5 in the 13-team field at the Lyons Township South Campus.
“It’s just been such a fun season with what we’ve done as a team,” LTHS swimmer George Lundgren said. “We’re also much closer compared to past years.”
LTHS qualified for the state meet in every event except the 200-yard freestyle.
The Lions’ quartet of sophomore Spencer Walker, senior Weston Credit, sophomore Henry Claesson and junior Ryan Hammond won the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1 minute, 32.45 seconds, while the 400-yard freestyle relay of junior David Rak, Hammond, Credit and Claesson also placed first at 3:08.19.
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, senior Ben Breitenbucher, Hammond, junior Matt Linden and Claesson finished second (1:25.65).
Walker, the son of LTHS coach Scott Walker who was chosen as the sectional’s Coach of the Year, won the 500-yard freestyle (4:38.33) and 100-yard backstroke (50.81).
Other winners for LTHS included: Hammond (50-yard freestyle/21.08), Claesson (100-yard freestyle/46.47), Credit (100-yard breaststroke/57.66) and junior diver Seamus Scotty (521.10).
The Lions finished one-two in the 200-yard individual medley with Philips (1:53.69) edging Credit (1:54.53) for the title.
“We’re always duking it out, especially in the 200 IM,” Phillips said. “Weston and I motivate each other in practice and in the pool when we’re competing.
“Everybody is really looking forward to state. I think that we’ll definitely compete for maybe the top three teams in the state.”
RBHS divers head to state
The Bulldogs finished third at the Lyons Township Sectional, and senior diver Mac Catrambone qualified for the state meet for a second straight year, finishing fifth overall (412.30 points) at the sectional.
Elsewhere, the Bulldogs fell just short of the very fast state meet qualifying standards. The 200 medley relay team of Michael Georgopulos, Michael Rosa, Joey Rosa and Christian Hernandez took third (1:38.79). The same quartet placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:28.63).
Joey Rosa finished third in the 200 IM by touching the wall at 1:59.19. He was followed by his brother, Michael Rosa, who earned fourth place at 2:00.01.
Friars top sectional field
Fenwick senior Cavan Smith qualified for his fourth state meet by winning the 100-yard butterfly in 51.20 seconds, while freshmen Liam Hutchinson and Dan Lynch also captured sectional titles.
The host Friars won the sectional team title, their first since 2013, with 306 points.
The win by Smith, a two-time state medalist in the butterfly, was expected.
Hutchinson qualified for next weekend’s state meet at Evanston in two individual events. He won the 200 freestyle in 1:43.51, and was third in the 500 free in 4:40.45.
“He’s a competitor,” Fenwick coach Luke McGuire. “I don’t doubt him going even faster next week.”