Fenwick senior Tommy Bartecki competes in the 100-yard backstroke at the IHSA State Finals on Saturday, Feb. 24. (Photo by Don Bartecki)
Fenwick junior Dan Lynch is an accomplished swimmer in the 100-yard breaststroke. He competed at state in the event. (Photo by Don Bartecki)
Freshman Connor McCarthy, swimming the 100-yard butterfly, has a promising future with the Friars. (Photo by Don Bartecki)
Liam Hutchinson is one of the top swimmers in the state. The Fenwick junior medaled in the 500- and 200-yard freestyle races at the IHSA State Finals.(Photo by Don Bartecki)
Fenwick junior Liam Hutchinson takes a breather after placing third (4:26.56) in the 500-yard freestyle at the state meet on Saturday, Feb. 24. (Photo by Don Bartecki)
The Friars’ Liam Hutchinson with his state medal from the 500 freestyle (third place; 4:26.56) at state. (Photo by Don Bartecki)
OPRF sophomore Will Raidt with his 200-yard freestyle medal (6th place/1:40.45) at the IHSA State Finals on Saturday, Feb. 24 in Evanston. (Photo by Don Bartecki)
The Huskies’ Will Raidt swims the 100-yard backstroke during Friday’s preliminaries at the state meet. (Photo by Don Bartecki)
OPRF freshman Frank Tirone gets a good start to the 50-yard freestyle during Friday’s preliminaries at the state meet. (Photo by Don Bartecki)
OPRF swimmer J.P. Rotatori competing in the 200-yard freestyle relay at the state meet hosted by Evanston High School. (Photo by Don Bartecki)
OPRF sophomore Will Raidt swimming the 200-yard freestyle at the state meet. He will be a top contender to win state titles in the 200-free and 100-backstroke next year. (Don Bartecki)
Tommy Bartecki is a standout senior swimmer at Fenwick High School. Luckily for Wednesday Journal sports, his father, Don, is a talented photographer. Don was gracious enough to take photos all season of both Fenwick and OPRF boys swimming. He takes great photos of water polo, too.
Here’s a visual recap of the IHSA State Finals, expressed through the lens of Don’s camera. Thanks for all the wonderful photos, Don!
I’d also like to thank both head coaches Luke McGuire (Fenwick) and Clyde Lundgren (OPRF), plus several parents from both teams who provided valuable information and insights about the Huskies and Friars all season.
If you’re wondering about next season, both teams essentially return their entire starting lineups and will contend for conference and sectional titles plus another state meet appearance.
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