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Boys Swimming: Nothing little about Conor Lamb as Naperville Central takes title

Naperville Central's Connor Lamb finishes first 200 IM with time 1:58.53 Sandburg Invitational. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media

Naperville Central's Connor Lamb finishes first in the 200 IM with a time of 1:58.53 at the Sandburg Invitational. | Gary Middendorf/for Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 18, 2014 11:14PM



The 53rd Al Gillberg Invitational at Sandburg was a swimming showcase for Naperville Central, which won the meet Saturday by 152 points over defending champion Marmion.

Naperville Central’s Conor Lamb was first in the 200-yard individual medley (1 minute, 58.53 seconds), second in the 500 freestyle and contributed to second-place finishes for the medley and 400 freestyle relays.

But the 13-team invitational that included a few of the top programs in the state also was a productive day for Brother Rice senior Mitch Strahlman.

The two-time All-Stater won the 500-yard freestyle (4:49.93), took second in the 200 IM and anchored the 400 freestyle relay to a first-place finish (3:20.87) to end the meet.

That led Brother Rice, sixth at the Sandburg meet last year, to third place behind Marmion. The top five schools were Naperville Central (318.5), Marmion (166.5), Brother Rice (158), Fenwick (155) and Sandburg (113).

The 200 IM race matched two state finalists from last season. Lamb was seventh at the 2013 state meet and Strahlman was 10th. Strahlman placed 12th in the state 500 free.

Besides Lamb, Naperville Central also got a first place from its 200 freestyle relay (1:29.75) and from diver Peter Rusenas (425.45).

Oak Park’s Mark Hallman was a double winner, taking the 200 freestyle (1:47.12) and the 100 free (48.55).

Fenwick’s Mike Hill won the 50 free (22.31) and swam on the first-place medley relay (1:40.18).

Marmion’s Jack Fergus took first place in the 100 backstroke (54.09).

Marmion, Oak Park and Fenwick were among the top 11 teams of the 45 schools that scored at last year’s state meet.

Finishing just 8.5 points behind runner-up Marmion at Saturday’s meet, the Strahlman-led Brother Rice squad should have the scoring potential to move up from last year’s 36th-place finish at the state meet.



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