By James Kay
The Huskies boys swim team traveled to Western Springs to take on their conference foes in Lyons Township High School on Dec. 13. OPRF took care of business with a 112-73 win over the Lions.
"It's a west suburban conference meet, which means you are going up against some of the best in the state," said OPRF coach Clyde Lundgren. "When you roll into Lyons Township on a Friday night, you know you have your work cut out for you."
OPRF's Benjamin Guerrero won the 200 yard freestyle (1:47.35); Frank Tirone came in first in the 100 yard butterfly (54.32) and the 50 yard freestyle (21.50); and Will Raidt placed first in the 200 yard individual medley (2:00.85) and 500 yard freestyle (4:42.83).
"Will Raidt continues to be super solid," said Lundgren. "He really focused in on the 500 free and we were happy with his swim there. Frank Tirone looked good in his sprint freestyles. Ben Guerrero is like a jack of all trades where you can put him in anywhere and continues to impress me."
Another positive takeaway from the meet for OPRF came during the 400-yard freestyle relay. Guerrero, Tirone, Raidt and Diego Pareja put up a 3:11.12 which Lundgren said would have come close to the pool record at OPRF which has stood since 1998.
"[The relay team who had the school record] went on to become state champions and broke the state record," said Lundgren. "When you start looking at times like that which put you into that category, you get really excited about the possibilities at the end of the season."
LTHS' Quinn Collins (freshman), A.J. Vitek (sophomore), Jack Wanless (sophomore) and Aidan Foley (sophomore) are getting their first taste of being on varsity this year. The team lost Michael Walsh, who won four medals at state last year, to graduation and didn't have Jack Thorell versus OPRF. Thorell was absent this past week participating at an event in Washington with his club team.
"We have a lot of new faces which is exciting since we have had a lot of the same boys stepping up for our program," said LTHS coach Erin Rodriguez. "This year, a lot of sophomore and juniors are going to be stepping up and it'll be interesting to see how they take it and how they react and contribute to the team this season."
Vitek won the 100 yard backstroke (57.62 seconds) and senior Mitchell Johnson finished first in the 100 yard breaststroke (1:02.80) in the Lions' lone wins on the day.
OPRF's next challenge comes against York on Dec. 20 at home. The meet starts at 5 p.m.
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