The Oak Park and River Forest High School boys swimming and diving team is looking to build off of a strong 2021-22 season that saw the Huskies win the Leyden Township Sectional and finish sixth at the IHSA state meet.
“I’m excited about the prospects of our team, not just for dual meets and invites but for the championship season as well,” said OPRF coach Clyde Lundgren. “I’ve been impressed with the earnestness in which this group is approaching their training. I can tell the boys have bought into how we prepare, and they are excited to race.”
OPRF is led by two swimmers with state experience. Senior Emmett Harmon merited all-state honors with a 10th place showing (50.51 seconds) in the 100-yard butterfly and also took part, along with junior Lars Rauch, in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays that placed fifth (1:24.69) and seventh (3:07.68) respectively at the state meet.
The Huskies are looking for sophomore Pablo Pareja and junior Adan Pedraza to make an impact on this season’s lineup.
The path to the West Suburban Conference Silver Division title goes through Hinsdale Central, with Lyons Township also considered a strong contender.
“The goal of every season is to have as many personal bests and get as many swims as possible through to the state meet,” Lundgren said.
Fenwick returns with experienced squad
With 10 swimmers returning from last season’s team that was third at the Leyden Sectional and placed 10th in the state, the Fenwick High School boys swimming and diving team has reason to be optimistic about its outlook this winter.
“I am excited about the depth of our team and the potential they have to develop,” said Fenwick coach Steve Thompson.
Junior Tomas Adomaitis won at the Leyden Sectional and qualified for last year’s state meet in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley. Adomaitis, junior Code Podgorski and senior Sam Kulisek were on the 400 freestyle relay that took 11th (3:09.46) at state.
Other top returnees for the Friars are seniors Chris Badja and Vincent Meo, juniors Carter Fask and Owen McDonald and sophomores Thomas Heit, Finn Munley, and Declan Vahey.
Key newcomers include five freshmen: Thomas Caicedo, James Kieswetter, Michael Neumann, Patrick Rhatigan and Jack Treadwell.
Fenwick figures to compete for the Metro Catholic Aquatic Conference championship, along with Loyola Academy and St. Ignatius. Thompson also believes the Friars can fare well at the sectional and state meets.
“I’m looking forward to finding our best relay combinations,” Thompson said. “We’d like to see all three qualify for state. We’re expecting to add some of the returning sectional team members and freshmen to our state rosters.”