Fenwick pools together

Team wins both freestyle relays for best finish since '94

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By BRAD SPENCER

State Swimming Results
The Fenwick swim team knew exactly what it wanted going into the IHSA State Meet at Evanston on Friday and Saturday. It wasn't a first or runner-up trophy, nor was it a chance to get one particular swimmer state-wide attention. The goal was to compete as a team and to at least tie the school's best finish at State since 1994 when the team placed third.

With two relay victories and a few respectable individual swims, the Friars accomplished their goal by finishing third at State in the finals on Saturday, garnering 121 points. New Trier took home top honors with 172, and Naperville Central finished second with 130.

"This really wasn't a surprise to this group of swimmers," said Fenwick head coach Dave Perry of his squad's third place mark. "They set out with this in mind. It's really been a team effort all year, and it was that same mentality at State. They knew all along that they would place third. I was just hoping for finishing in the top five."

A win in the 200-yard freestyle relay gave Fenwick a much needed boost for the third-place spot. Tom Parolin, John Barrett, Dan Wolak and Pat Lloyd swam to a time of 1:25.47.

Luke Baldwin, Wolak, Dan Napleton, and Barrett took fourth in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:37.67. The top 5 finish helped stabilize Fenwick's chances. The 400-yard freestyle team of Parolin, Barrett, Dave Meyer, Barrett and Lloyd then cruised to a first place finish with a time of 3:09. 79.

"The 200 free was a big swing for us," said Perry. "They knew they had a shot at third at that point, and going into the final relay (400 free) they knew all they had to do was swim solid. They relaxed and swam 3:09."

Parolin, Baldwin and Lloyd also came through in the individual events. Parolin took fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of :51.67. The junior also finished sixth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.04). Baldwin placed 11th in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:58.94, while Lloyd closed out his high school swimming career by finishing seventh in both the 50-yard freestyle (:21.42) and 100-yard freestyle (:47.58).

Perry said he's hopeful the program will make another run at a State title next season.

"We have the core of the team coming back next year, so our chances look pretty good. But with that said, Naperville and Neuqua Valley both have several swimmers returning. So, we'll just have to wait and see."

OPRF's Rasley finishes in prelims

Taylor Rasley's memorable swimming career at Oak Park and River Forest came to an end in the preliminaries of the IHSA State Meet on Friday.

Rasley closed out his high school swimming career by placing 18th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of :54.12. Only swimmers that placed in the top 12 went on to Saturday's finals.

Contact: bspencer@wjinc.com

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