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St. Charles East

‘Improving’ St. Charles East boys swimming team falls to surging Warriors

St. Charles East swimmer Will Shanel swims the 100-yard butterfly during the Saints’ dual meet Thursday against Waubonsie Valley.
St. Charles East swimmer Will Shanel swims the 100-yard butterfly during the Saints’ dual meet Thursday against Waubonsie Valley.

ST. CHARLES – The Waubonsie Valley boys swimming team continued its domination of the Upstate Eight Conference by defeating St. Charles East, 111-75, Thursday night.

The Warriors, who have only faced UEC opponents this season, are undefeated.

“We faced a better team,” said East assistant boys coach Kent Pearson. “We are swimming solidly and we are looking forward to when we get a chance to rest to see what we can really do. We have had several meets over the last couple of weeks.”

Saints head coach Joe Cabel left the meet to attend Future Saints Night at the school.

“We have a very deep team this year and that’s a real nice asset for us,” said Waubonsie coach Nick Arens of his team’s 6-0-1 start. “We know that they are a good team that we will have to face a few times so we really enjoy their competition.”

The Saints only won two of the 11 swimming events.

Will Shanel earned both first-place finishes for the Saints by winning the 100-yard butterfly (55.44 seconds) and the 500 freestyle (4:58.66).

“I thought we were going in with a stronger chance,” Shanel said. “I know we have all been working hard and we have all put in the effort.”

The Saints finished second in eight of the events. In three, East swimmers were edged out by particularly narrow margins.

Alec Carnell’s time of 1:49.19 in the 200 freestyle was 63 hundredths of a second behind winner Adam Stacklin of the Warriors. Stacklin, with a time of 48.55, also edged Carnell out in the 100 freestyle by .43.

Waubonsie finished the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:20.62 to the Saints’ time of 3:21.50.

“They had some strong swims in the 500,” Arens said. “In the 400 freestyle, it was real nice to see them come down to the end. We like opportunities like that to push our guys.”

Max Schmitt won the diving competition for East with a score of 205.35.

“We are improving little by little,” said Pearson. “We are looking forward to better times coming up.”

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