Nick Boryk,áSt. Charles East, Fr.Freestyle specialist qualified for the IHSA state meet in Evanston in the 100, 200 and 500 free in his debut season.
Mike Burke,áMarmion, Sr.Wayne resident helped Cadets to 11th-place team finish at state as part of fourth-place 400 freestyle relay and ninth-place 200 medley relay.
Jack Fergus,áMarmion, Sr.Earned three medals in final state meet, joining Burke on both finals relays while finishing eighth in the 100 backstroke at Evanston.
Stephan Hutchinson,áSt. Charles North, So.Embracing a leadership role after last season’s heavy graduation hits, Hutchinson joined classmate Joe Myhre and seniors Ross Davis and Collin Bawolek on 10th-place 200 free relay.
Joe Myhre,áSt. Charles North, So.Transfer from the “Hoosiers” state shows pool lanes also are the same dimension regardless of location, qualifying for two individual state events and two relays.
Will Shanel,áSt. Charles East, Sr.If the Kane County Chronicle Boys Swimmer of the Year is indeed the caboose of his swimming family, two all-state efforts aren’t a bad way to go out.
SECOND TEAMMike Burke, St. Charles North, So.
Dan Creighton, Marmion, Sr.
Nathan Jesko, Geneva, Jr.
Andrew Kasper, Marmion, Jr.
Alex Laleian, West Chicago/Batavia co-op, Sr.
John Tarpey, St. Charles East, So.
HONORABLE MENTIONCollin Bawolek, St. Charles North, Sr.
Karsten Cook, West Chicago-Batavia co-op, Sr.
Ross Davis, St. Charles North, Sr.
Michael Deaton, St. Francis, Sr.
Ethan Sellers, St. Charles East, Jr.
Ben Sherman, St. Charles North, Jr.
Tim Steele, St. Charles North, Sr.
Tyler VanGyseghem, St. Charles East, Sr.
Nick Wellman, St. Charles East, Sr.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Bill Schalz, Marmion
Marmion opened the season knowing it had question marks and an abundance of youth.
The Cadets finished 11th in the state meet at Evanston, building steam at weekend invites and cultivating a veteran core in between.
“At the beginning of the season, we weren’t anticipating to have such a big team, so we knew it would really be difficult to do well,” senior Mike Burke said. “So here we are at the end, and we did pretty well.”