Boys Swimming and Diving: State competitors chase All-State goals
By Tim Tierney For Sun-Times Media February 27, 2014 9:00PM
Marian Catholic's Joey Cifelli | File photo
SWIMMING and DIVING
When: Diving preliminaries and semifinals, 9 a.m. Friday; swimming preliminaries, 3:30 p.m. Friday; swimming and diving finals, 1 p.m. Saturday.
Where: Evanston High School, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston
(all distances in yards)
200 medley relay: Brother Rice (1:36.11); Stagg (1:36.85); Lincoln-Way North (1:38.96).
200 freestyle: Kyle Fitzgerald, Andrew (1:42.47); Zach Rentner, Andrew (1:42.98); Harlan Long, Stagg (1:45.55); Matt Blicharski, Reavis (1:47.36).
200 individual medley: Mitch Strahlman, Brother Rice (1:55.08); Lucas Smiarowski, Stagg (1:56.12); David Apps, Sandburg (1:57.15).
50 freestyle: Evan Johnson, Stagg (21.68); Matt Cavanaugh, Lockport (21.89); Danny Cavato, Andrew (22.00).
100 butterfly: Zack Amendola, Stagg (51.36); Kyle Karpluk, Lincoln-Way West (54.71).
100 freestyle: Kyle Fitzgerald, Andrew (46.74); Evan Johnson, Stagg (47.99).
500 freestyle: Mitch Strahlman, Brother Rice (4:40.93); Patrick Hackett, Lincoln-Way East (4:41.24); Andy Grever, Lincoln-Way East (4:42.65); Lucas Smiarowski, Stagg (4:43.48); Zach Rentner, Andrew (4:45.42).
200 freestyle relay: Andrew (1:27.85); Lockport (1:28.19).
100 backstroke: Zack Amendola, Stagg (51.97); Kevin Stratton, Sandburg (52.68); Solomon Gienosky, Brother Rice (53.93); Jakobi McClellan, H-F (54.01).
100 breaststroke: James Ryan, Brother Rice (58.65); Harlan Long, Stagg (1:00.29).
400 freestyle relay: Andrew (3:12.74); Stagg (3:14.21).
Diving: Joey Cifelli, Marian Catholic (552.60); Dean Boures, Sandburg (444.15); Joe O’Callaghan, Oak Forest (420.35); Brett Reid, Sandburg (380.25); Derek Kwiatkowski, Andrew (376.95); Justin Houle, Evergreen Park (371.80); Charlie Pavlak, Lincoln-Way West (368.85); Cody Karanosky, Reavis (368.65).
Updated: February 28, 2014 2:17AM
Swimmers from Stagg, Brother Rice, Andrew and Lincoln-Way East will be happy to make two trips to Evanston.
If they advance Friday from the state meet preliminaries, swimmers will compete Saturday in the finals and earn All-State recognition by making the top 12.
“Getting top 12 in all four events on Friday, that will make me smile,’’ Stagg’s Zack Amendola said.
Marian Catholic diver Joey Cifelli could leave with a state championship and a big smile. Cifelli, runner-up last year as a sophomore, set a pool record 552.60 at the Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional, 43.95 points higher than the next-best score in the state.
Among Southland individuals in the swimming events, Amendola ranks highest with the seventh-best sectional time in the 100-yard backstroke (51.97 seconds). Amendola, a junior, also won a sectional title in the 100 butterfly (51.36) and swims on the medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
“My events are so spread out I can recover and get ready for the next race,’’ Amendola said.
Swimming the medley and 400 relays are Amendola, Lucas Smiarowski, Evan Johnson and Harlan Long, the latter the only senior. Other Stagg qualifiers are Long in the 200 free and 100 breaststroke, Johnson in the 50 and 100 frees and Smiarowski in the 200 IM and 500 free.
“Our relays are really set this year,’’ Amendola said. “It’s all about confidence with us. We really want to get All-State.’’
SouthWest Suburban Blue champion Stagg won the Sandburg Sectional by 49 points.
“We’re hoping to place top 12 at state, team goal,’’ Stagg coach Jason Carr said. “We had to do a completely different mind-set from what we’ve done in the past, that sectional isn’t the big meet.’’
The same goes for two Brother Rice swimmers. All-State senior Mitch Strahlman in the 200 individual medley (1 minute, 55.08 seconds) and sophomore James Ryan in the 100 breaststroke (58.65) rank eighth in the state coming out of sectional competition.
Strahlman also won a sectional title in the 500 free (4:40.93). He was 10th in the 200 IM and 12th in the 500 free at last year’s state meet.
Lincoln-Way East sophomore Patrick Hackett won the 500 free at the prestigious Evanston Invitational. His 4:41.24 sectional time is right behind Strahlman.
Brother Rice could be the Southland’s best chance for a medal in the relays. Solomon Gienosky, Ryan, Strahlman and Aaron Payne rank 10th in the medley relay (1:36.11).
Seniors Kyle Fitzgerald and Zach Rentner lead H-F Sectional champion Andrew. Fitzgerald’s 46.74 in the 100 free is the 10th-best sectional time. His 1:42.47 in the 200 free ranks 11th. Rentner is close behind at 1:42.98.
“Kyle and Zach in the 200 free have a pretty good chance to make the top 12,’’ Andrew coach Frank Muchna said. “Kyle has a good chance in the 100.’’
Andrew’s 400 relay (3:12.74) of Fitzgerald, Michael Tamulonis, Danny Cavato and Rentner is the Southland’s best hope to reach the final event Saturday.
“Hopefully, we come back with multiple state medals,’’ Fitzgerald said. “That’s been the goal all along. Conference champs, sectional champs, state finalists.’’