ST. CHARLES – The Metea Valley boys swimming team ended St. Charles North’s reign as king of the hill of the Upstate Eight Conference on Saturday.
The Mustangs won the conference meet, held at North, snapping the North Stars’ three-year streak as conference champions.
North finished in fourth place with 220 points behind Metea Valley (255), Waubonsie Valley (239) and Neuqua Valley (222). St. Charles East finished fifth (165) in the nine-team field. The West Chicago/Batavia co-op Team (93) came in seventh.
" We are defending conference champs – hats off to Metea for winning their first one ever,” North coach Rob Rooney said. “We thought we had a shot at it there through the 200-free relay and then they kind of took the wind of out our sails right there.”
Rooney was pleased with his team’s effort despite the fourth-place finish.
" We just had a phenomenal meet for where we have been all year long and where we are at right now,” Rooney said. “These kids have been doing everything I have been asking them to do.”
North's Joe Myhre took first place in two individual events. The sophomore won the 200 freestyle event with a time of 1:44.62 and the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.95.
North’s 200 freestyle relay team of Myhre, Nick Traxler, Ross Davis and Benjamin Sherman took second in that event with a time of 1:28.45.
Myhre teamed up with Sherman, John Pretet and Stephen Hutchinson to finish third in the 400-yrd freestyle relay. They completed the race in 3:17.69.
North’s Michael Burke took third place in the diving competition with a score of 294.95.
“ I thought we definitely started coming out of our shell a little bit today,” Rooney said about his squad that lost 12 members to graduation last year. “I’m very positive and optimistic about what they put into the meet. “
“ Our character was tested today. We were swimming tired and a little ugly, but we came through in the end,” said East coach Joe Cabel. “We had a great relay to finish it off. I’m pretty happy.”
The Saints’ Will Shanel repeated as the 500 freestyle champion. His time of 4:47.63 bested last year’s winning time of 4:49.20. The senior also won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:57.10.