Swimming insider: Ogaban athlete of the week

Jacobs swimmer Francis Ogaban.
Jacobs swimmer Francis Ogaban.

Athlete of the Week

Francis Ogaban

Jacobs co-op, so.

Ogaban is the second half of the Golden Eagles' 1-2 punch with distance swimmer Alex Reinbrecht. Ogaban is always very competitive in the backstroke and has the best times in the area.

At the Hersey Invitational over the weekend, he helped the Golden Eagles to a first-place finish in the 400-yard freestyle relay and swam the backstroke leg on the third-place 200 medley relay team.

The sophomore also placed second in the 100 backstroke with a 56.31. That time is a little more than two seconds off the state qualifying standard.

"He's a really good swimmer," Jacobs co-op coach Rick Andresen said. "He's just really small, so he has to work that much harder."


Undefeated: Reinbrecht is still undefeated in both distance events this season and is swimming with a purpose after failing to meet his expectations the past three seasons.

The senior has won every 500 and 200 freestyle he has been entered and is winning each race by a large margin. His streak continued on Jan. 25. at the Hersey Invitational, winning the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.88 and the 500 in 4:52.91.

"They are hard to come by." Cary-Grove co-op coach Rick Schaefer said. "But over at Jacobs, Rick [Andresen] has himself an elite swimmer."

State progress: Last weekend's set of invites led to some strong times in the area. 

At the Mary Landa Invite at Woodstock North, McHenry sophomore Trey Schopen won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:48.79 which is about three seconds off the state qualifying standard. Teammate Kevin Braun, sophomore sprinter, has done the 100 freestyle in 49 seconds, just a little less than two seconds off the standard.

At the Buffalo Grove Invite at Elk Grove, Huntley's Bryan Haage swam a 56.73 in the 100 backstroke – two seconds off the standard.

"The talent and want is definitely there for these guys to go to state," Huntley coach George Keenan said. "It will be interesting to see how it all works out down the stretch."

This week's top meets

Feb. 6: Cary-Grove co-op at McHenry

4:30 p.m. at McHenry West

The Trojans have incredible depth. Seemingly whoever coach Rick Schaefer puts in his relays, the Trojans come out with a win. While they don't have any dominant swimmer, this team wins by scoring a lot of points in each race.

McHenry is coming off an invite win at Woodstock North and the Warriors are in a groove. This will be their third dual meet of the week and will be a good test to battle through tired bodies.

This meet also marks the final dual for for both teams so look for it to be fast.

Feb. 5: Huntley at McHenry

4:30 p.m. at McHenry West

This is a rematch from Jan. 16 when the two teams tied, 85-85. This should be a fast meet as both teams are swimming better than a few weeks ago.

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