Boys Swimming: Dynamic duo for Lincoln-Way North
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media February 16, 2013 8:56PM
Tony Mikrut, of Lincoln-Way North. | Gary Middendorf~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 18, 2013 6:43AM
Lincoln-Way North swimmers and coach Pat Shaughnessy celebrated in the pool after the meet Saturday thanks to what seniors Jake Pearson and Tony Mikrut did in the pool during the meet.
Pearson and Mikrut each won two events and swam on two relays that also qualified for the state finals in leading host Lincoln-Way North to the sectional title with 254.5 points.
It was North’s second straight sectional championship and third in four years.
“It’s pretty big,’’ Pearson said. “Our main focus is state. This is kind of a stepping stone.’’
“We didn’t know what was going to happen today, so it was good to get it,’’ Mikrut said. “Our team is not tapered. We’re not rested. We didn’t know if teams were going to taper and go really, really fast.’’
Pearson went really fast in the 200-yard freestyle (1:42.82), set a pool record in the 500 freestyle (4:40.06), and anchored the first-place 200 medley relay (1:36.47, pool record) and the state qualifying 400 freestyle relay (3:12.72) that finished second to Andrew.
“The last relay I split a 45.84, which is my best time ever,’’ Pearson said. “Getting the 500 pool record, we had a meet early in the season I didn’t win, so I was happy to come back and get that pool record.’’
Mikrut won the 50 freestyle (21.71) and the 100 butterfly (51.76) in addition to swimming on the relays.
“Last year I only went in a relay to state,’’ Mikrut said. “I had a really bad year. This is my last year so I knew I had to step up and I did.’’
North’s Evan Surma and Anthony Burt swam the medley relay. Cole Claypool and Bobby Young were on the 400 free relay.
Surma also qualified in the 100 backstroke.
“It was a good meet,’’ Shaughnessy said. “We wanted to get certain guys down and we did that.’’
Homewood-Flossmoor’s Kevin Kuchta won the sectional title in the 200 individual medley (1:57.07) for the third year in a row. Kuchta also qualified for state in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.44).
“I could probably do a little better, but I’m very happy with today,’’ Kuchta said.
Other pool records were set by Lincoln-Way Central sophomore Cody Moris in the 100 backstroke (51.94) and Andrew’s 400 free relay of Kyle Fitzgerald, Michael Tamulonis, Zach Rentner and Rick Osty (3:11.94).
Andrew won the 200 free relay (1:28.62) and Fitzgerald took first in the 100 freestyle (47.45) to help the Thunderbolts (234) finish second.Lincoln-Way East was third (225.5).