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2018 Boys Swimming & Diving

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The 2018 IHSA Boys Swimming & Diving State Finals are set to take place inside Evanston Township High School’s Natatorium on Friday and Saturday, February 23-24.

The prelims and finals of every event will be webcast live with full video and audio with a subscription on the NFHS Network at IHSA.tv, as Skyler King from PrepAquatics.com brings viewers all the action. King highlights some of the top storylines and swimmers entering the weekend in the preview below, followed by a review of last year’s champions, top Sectional performers in 2018 and how their marks stack up against the state and national records:

When the state meet begins Friday in Evanston, Lyons Township will look to become just the seventh school in the nearly 90-year history of the meet to win three consecutive state titles. Led by a strong senior class, Lyons possesses two of the potential senior swimmer of the year candidates in Virginia Tech bound Henry Clausen, along with coaches son and Alabama commit Spencer Walker.

The Lions enter as the favorites, but swimming royalty will be looking to knock them off, as New Trier with their own decorated group of seniors, including future Texas Longhorn Charlie Scheinfeld, who seeking his own three peat in the 100 Breaststroke. The Gridley twins, Ryan and Patrick, are both heading to Northwestern next year and combined with Scheinfeld and sophomore Pearce Bailey, set the fastest time in state history in the Medley Relay at Sectionals.

The third trophy favorite is Hinsdale Central, who is working on bringing home a trophy for the sixth year in a row. The Red Devils are led by senior Cole Grosshans and junior Donovan Lahmann, who will be the key cogs in the defense of their 200-Free Relay state title.

Dark-horse contender Stevenson has defending 50-Freestyle champ junior Topher Stensby leading the way. The Patriots have plenty of talent, but only Stensby has scored individually at state before.

Some of the other Individual title contenders include Louisville pledge Colton Paulson from Peoria Notre Dame, who is looking for a third win in the 200-Freestyle and a bounce-back second state title in the 500 after finishing second last year. Michael Balcerak from St. Viator is the number one seed in the 200 Freestyle and the 100 Butterfly after winning the 100 Freestyle last year, flexing the versatility that he will take to the University of Cincinnati next fall. St. Charles North junior Will Myhre will be a force in both the 200 IM and the 100 Breaststroke after two runner-up finishes a year ago, as well as having the fastest breaststroke time in the meet the last two years. St. Ignatius Freshman Parker Nolan represents a unique case as the number one seed in both the 50- and the 100-Freestyle. He is just the third freshman in the last 20 years to enter this weekend as the top seed in any event and joins Richwoods alum Matt Elliott as the only two to be the top seed in two events. Records that could fall this weekend, aside from the aforementioned Medley Relay, include the 50 Freestyle with Topher Stensby competing, Spencer Walker in the 100 Backstroke and the much-anticipated showdown between Will Myhre and Charlie Scheinfeld in the 100 Breaststroke.

200-YARD MEDLEY RELAY
Top 2018 Sectional Time: New Trier (1:30.59)
State Record: Lyons, 2017 (1:30.91)
2017 Champion: New Trier (1:31.51)
National Record: The Baylor School (TN), 2014 (1:27.74)

200-YARD FREESTYLE
Top 2018 Sectional Time: Michael Balcerak, St. Viator (1:37.62)
State Record: Reed Malone, New Trier, 2013 (1:35.60)
2017 Champion: Colton Paulson, Peoria Notre Dame (1:38.15)
National Record: Grant Shoults, Rancho Santa Margarita Catholic (CA), 2017 (1:33.26)

200-FREESTYLE AWD
Top 2018 Sectional Time: Matthew Leinart, Downer Grove South (2:21.28)
State Record A: Trevor Tucci, Normal Community, 2016 (2:49.31)
State Record B: James Bockover-McCormick, Hononegah (2:04.31)
2017 Champion: Jack Falejczyk, Elk Grove Village (Class A) & James Bockover-McCormick, Hononegah (Class B)

200-YARD INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
Top 2018 Sectional Time: Michael Petro, Hersey (1:49.78)
State Record: Sam Iida, Glenbrook South, 2017 (1:46.02)
2017 Champion: Sam Iida, Glenbrook South (1:46.02)
National Record: David Nolan, Hershey (PA), 2011 (1:41.39)

50-YARD FREESTYLE
Top 2018 Sectional Time: Paker Nolan, St. Ignatius College Prep. (20.69)
State Record: Ryan Held, Sacred Heart-Griffin, 2014 (:19.76)
2017 Champion: Topher Stansby, Stevenson (20.44)
National Record: Vladimir Morozov, Torrence (CA), 2010 (:19.43)

50-FREESTYLE AWD
Top 2018 Sectional Time: Dylan Early, Brother Rice (24.44)
State Record A: Trevor Tucci, Normal Community, 2016 (37.62)
State Record B: James Bockover-McCormick, Hononegah (:25.06)
2017 Champion: Jack Falejczyk, Elk Grove Village (Class A) & James Bockover-McCormick, Hononegah (Class B)

DIVING
Top 2018 Sectional Mark: Kevin Sullivan, Downers Grove North (595.80)
State Record: Joey Cifelli, Marian, 2015 (555.40)
2017 Champion: Maxim Royzen, Niles North (527.50)
National Record: N/A

100-YARD BUTTERFLY
Top 2018 Sectional Time: Michael Balcerak, St. Viator (48.68)
State Record: Connor Black, Mundelein, 2013 (:46.71)
2017 Champion: Franco Reyes, Hinsdale Central (48.29)
National Record: Joseph Schooling, Jacksonville Bolles (FL), 2013 (:45.52)

100-YARD FREESTYLE
Top 2018 Sectional Time: Parker Nolan, St. Ignatius College Prep. (45.13)
State Record: Ryan Held, Sacred Heart-Griffin, 2014 (:43.73)
2017 Champion: Michael Balcerak, St. Viator (45.12)
National Record: David Nolan, Hershey (PA), 2011 (:42.34)

100-FREESTYLE AWD
Top 2018 Sectional Time: Dylan Early, Brother Rice (55.52)
State Record A: Trevor Tucci, Normal Community, 2017 (1:20.82)
State Record B: James Bockover-McComick, Hononegah (55.57)
2017 Champion: Jack Falejczyk, Elk Grove Village (Class A) & James Bockover-McCormick, Hononegah (Class B)

500-YARD FREESTYLE
Top 2018 Sectional Time: Colton Paulson, Peoria Notre Dame (4:29.74)
State Record: Danny Thompson, Central, 2012 (4:18.86)
2017 Champion: Sam Iida, Glenbrook South (4:23.63)
National Record: Grant Shoults, Rancho Santa Margarita Catholic (CA), 2017 (4:12.87)

200-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY
Top 2018 Sectional Time: New Trier (1:25.09)
State Record: Glenbrook South, 2009 (1:22.15)
2017 Champion: Hinsdale Central, (1:22.89)
National Record: Jacksonville Bolles (FL), 2012 (1:19.27)

100-YARD BACKSTROKE
Top 2018 Sectional Time: Spencer Walker, Lyons (48.96)
State Record: Daniel Hein, DeKalb, 2016 (:47.97)
2017 Champion: Spencer Walker, Lyons (48.70)
National Record: Ryan Murphy, Jacksonville Bolles (FL), 2012 (:45.34)

100-YARD BREASTSTROKE
Top 2018 Sectional Time: Charlie Scheinfeld, New Trier (55.08)
State Record: Matt Elliott, Richwoods, 2011 (:53.80)
2017 Champion: Charlie Scheinfeld, New Trier (54.63)
National Record: Chandler Bray, Avon (IN), 2017 (:52.65)

100-BREASTSTROKE AWD
Top 2018 Sectional Time: Matthew Leinart, Downer Grove South (1:17.18)
State Record A: Trevor Tucci, Normal Community, 2015 (1:52.07)
State Record B: James Bockover-McCormick, Hononegah (1:13.51)
2017 Champion: Jack Falejczyk, Elk Grove Village (Class A) & James Bockover-McCormick, Hononegah (Class B)

400-YARD FREESTYLE RELAY
Top 2018 Sectional Time: New Trier (3:03.57)
State Record: New Trier, 2012 (2:59.76)
2017 Champion: New Trier (3:03.00)
National Record: Jacksonville Bolles (FL), 2012 (2:54.43)

TOURNAMENT HISTORY
87th annual State Series


SITE / HOST

Evanston Township HS
Directions


SCHEDULE

Friday, February 23
Diving Prelims-9:00 a.m.

Swimming Prelims-3:30 p.m.


Saturday, February 24
Swimming & Diving  Finals-1:00 p.m.

Order of events:
200-Yard Medley Relay
200-Yard Freestyle*
200-Yard Individual Medley
50-Yard Freestyle*
Diving
   (15-minute break)
100-Yard Butterfly
100-Yard Freestyle*
500-Yard Freestyle
   (15-minute break)
200-Yard Freestyle Relay
100-Yard Backstroke
100-Yard Breaststroke*
400-Yard Freestyle Relay

* Race for athletes with disabilities will be conducted first


TICKETS
Diving Prelims-$10
Swimming Prelims-$10
Diving Finals-$10
Swimming Finals-$10


WATCH
Prelims and finals available live on the NFHS Network via www.IHSA.tv


RESULTS & LIVE STATS
Friday Prelim Results

Saturday Finals Results


OFFICIAL STATE FINAL
Gear from Minerva

Photos from VIP

Souvenir Program


SOCIAL MEDIA   #IHSA

Twitter - @IHSAstate

Instagram - @IHSA_IL

Facebook.com/IHSA.IL

Classic IHSA YouTube Video


STATE SUPPORTERS

Country Financial

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Marines

Gatorade

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HISTORY & RECORDS
2018 State Series Results

Past Individual/Team Champions & Record Book