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Boys Gymnastics: Lincoln-Way co-op claims SouthWest Suburban Conference title

Lincoln-Way co-op's Brent Schneider competes pommel horse. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media

Lincoln-Way co-op's Brent Schneider competes on the pommel horse. | Allen Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: May 29, 2013 7:17AM



Lincoln-Way co-op’s Brent Schneider definitely is looking forward to the upcoming sectional and state meets.

But with a dominant conference winning streak on the line, Schneider and his teammates aren’t looking past any meet. Hosting Thursday’s the SouthWest Suburban Conference Meet at Lincoln-Way East, the dominance continued as Lincoln-Way co-op scored 142.4 points to defeat Andrew co-op (98.1 points) and Homewood-Flossmoor (94).

“We can’t go into this meet just thinking we’re going to win,” Schneider said. “We don’t want the pressure to get to us where we mess up so we try to treat it like any other meet.”

The conference title was the program’s 12th in a row, dating to 2002, when Lincoln-Way first formed a co-op team.

Lincoln-Way was dominant Thursday, sweeping the first four places in five of the six events. Schneider won four events overall to take all-around honors with 48.4 points.

The senior won in the pommel horse (7.7 points), still rings (8.4), parallel bars (8.3) and horizontal bar (8.1).

“It wasn’t my best meet, but I felt like I did pretty good,” Schneider said. “It wasn’t bad. The rings were my best, and that was my highest score so far. It was a new routine so I’m happy with it.”

Schneider’s teammate, Brett Arias, claimed the other two first-place finishes, in the floor exercise (8.8 points) and the vault (9.1).

Lincoln-Way’s Bryan Kowalkowski finished third in the all-around behind Schneider and Arias (47.2) with 45.3 points.

First-year coach Jay Johnson Jr. was pleased with the performance but hopes the performances improve with each passing week.

“It was nice to get the conference title, but there are bigger goals,” Johnson said. “We really have to step it up next week at sectionals, and hopefully, we’re peaking at the right time.”

Andrew co-op received fifth-place finishes from Lucas Giron (pommel horse. 5.8), Amir Alnobani (vault, 8.6) and Mike Germino (parallel bars, 5.6).

Homewood-Flossmoor’s Akeem Bey-Muhammad finished second in the vault (9.0), with teammate Lerone Weathersby (8.8) taking fourth.



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