WOODSTOCK – Two of Ethan Hare's teammates lifted the Cary-Grove co-op boys swimming captain onto their shoulders inside the Woodstock North High School pool Saturday afternoon after the team celebrated yet another Fox Valley Conference title.
Hare, who won the 200-yard individual medley, the 100 butterfly and was on two winning relay teams, earned Most Valuable Swimmer co-honors – with Jacobs co-op sophomore Harold Ogaban – to lead the Trojans to their 10th straight FVC Invitational championship.
C-G won with 368 points, Jacobs co-op was second with 264 points, and McHenry (208) was third. Huntley (135) took fourth, and Woodstock co-op (121) finished fifth.
"He's the one that everyone kind of reveres on the team," first-year C-G coach Scott Lattyak said. "He's the leader of the team. He won his two events; he got the MVP. I thought it was the perfect honor for him because he does do so much for the team.
"To see him get it is extremely rewarding."
Hare, a senior, won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:00.18, and was the anchor in the Trojans' winning relays in both the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay. The 200 free relay of Omid Babakhani, Cameron Castro, Kolin Fadden and Hare set a new meet record of 1:28.69.
Hare also took first in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.15.
"I woke up Tuesday with a flu, fever-type thing, so I was not feeling good this entire week," Hare said. "I was happy to see some pretty decent times after being sick all week. It hurt pretty bad to push, but both of my times are faster at this meet than they were last year."
In the 400 free relay, the team of Connor Dolezal, Fadden, Babakhani and Hare won in 3:17.87. The Trojans were hoping to set a meet record in both relays, but Lattyak said the 200 relay was the more difficult of the two.
Babakhani won the 50 free with a time of 22.82, beating Fadden (23.0) and Castro (23.16) in the same event. Dolezal took second in the 100 freestyle, and Noah Bengtson was third in the 500 free.
"It's a big accomplishment. There's not many sports you see people come back time and time again to win it," Babakhani said. "This is the first year that JV came to this meet as well. It's a really big team event. To have the whole team cheering on the other end, it was an amazing experience."
Trojans freshman Noah Siegmeier won the 500 free in 4:59.32 and was named Newcomer of the Year, along with Jacobs co-op's Alec Orndahl, who was runner-up in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.
"This is the meet where I really wanted to show what I can do," Siegmeier said. "All of Cary-Grove has been busting their butts for the past 2 1/2 months. I'm just happy to go under 5 minutes."
Orndahl, who attends Dundee-Crown, set a school record in the 100 backstroke at 54.46 seconds.
"I thought that I had a good chance of winning (Newcomer of the Year)," Orndahl said. "With the help of my teammates and coaches, I felt fully confident. My goals were just to try my best, get out there, and swim as hard as I can."
Ogaban, who won Newcomer of the Year last year, shared Most Valuable Swimmer with Hare, winning the 200 freestyle in 1:48.05 and the 100 backstroke in 54.41. Ogaban, Orndahl, Elijah Stuart and Reid Coyle took first in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:41.60.
Stuart was second in the 100 breaststroke and 100 IM.
"It's hard because everyone is here, everyone is competing, and everyone is really fast," said Ogaban, who narrowly beat Woodstock co-op's Jeremy Wolf in the 200 free. "I like this pool because it brings back memories from last year. Jeremy is one really, really great swimmer. Competing against him every time really brings out the best in me."
Wolf earned first in the 100 freestyle (48.50), and McHenry's Dylan Qualls was first in 100 breaststroke (1:03.56).
"Anything under 49; I was hoping for 48," Wolf said. "I definitely achieved it but I definitely wouldn't have been able to do it without my coach or parents supporting me all the way."
McHenry's 200 free relay of Riley Hedberg, Qualls, Jonah Smith and Josh Zabor took second, and Huntley's Maxwell Hagberg placed second in the 500 free.
Jeremy Wolf, Woodstock co-op, sr.
Wolf placed first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.50 seconds, beating Cary-Grove co-op’s Connor Dolezal (49.77) and Omid Babakhani (50.07). He also was second in the 200 freestyle (1:48.42), barely losing to Jacob co-op’s Harold Ogaban (1:48.05).
10: Consecutive Fox Valley Conference championships for Cary-Grove co-op
AND ANOTHER THING…
Jacobs co-op freshman Alec Orndahl earned Newcomer of the Year – along with Cary-Grove’s Noah Siegmeier – and set a school record for Dundee-Crown with a time of 55.46 seconds in the 100 backstroke. Chris Sykes (56.68 second) previously held the record in 2004. Orndahl was runner-up in both the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly.
Fox Valley Conference Meet
at Woodstock North
Team scores: 1. Cary-Grove co-op 368, 2. Jacobs co-op 264, 3. McHenry 208, 4. Huntley 135, 5. Woodstock co-op 121
200 medley relay: 1. Jacobs co-op (Ogaban, Stuart, Orndahl, Coyle) 1:41.60, 2. Cary-Grove co-op (Siegmeier, Seeger, Richardson, Castro) 1:43.21, 3. Huntley (Hagberg, Tocmo, Harper, LoPiccolo) 1:51.25, 4. McHenry (Murrin, Hemphill, Rose, Williams) 1:52.24, 5. Woodstock co-op (Phillips, Blalock, Thuma, Tueber) 1:57.01
200 free: 1. Ogaban (J) 1:48.05, 2. Wolf (W) 1:48.42, 3. Dolezal (CG) 1:48.60, 4. Hedberg (M) 1:51.52, 5. Seeger (CG) 1:52.34
200 IM: 1. E. Hare (CG) 2:00.18, 2. Stuart (J) 2:06.00, 3. Qualls (M) 2:10.73, 4. Boysen (J) 2:10.87, 5. Manley (CG) 2:12.11
50 free: 1. Babakhani (CG) 22.82, 2. Fadden (CG) 23.00, 3. Castro (CG) 23.16, 4. Zabor (M) 23.29, 5. Coyle (J) 23.44
100 butterfly: 1. E. Hare (CG) 54.15, 2. Orndahl (J) 55.49, 3. Hedberg (M) 56.61, 4. Boysen (J) 56.89, 5. N. Hare (CG) 58.12
100 free: 1. Wolf (W) 48.50, 2. Dolezal (CG) 49.77, 3. Babakhani (CG) 50.07, 4. Fadden (CG) 50.74, 5. Coyle (J) 51.46
500 free: 1. Siegmeier (CG) 4:59.32, 2. Hagberg (H) 5:06.30, 3. Bengston (CG) 5:12.45, 4. Phipps (CG) 5:20.45, 5. Rose (M) 5:21.03
200 free relay: 1. Cary-Grove co-op (Babakhani, Castro, Fadden, E. Hare) 1:28.69, 2. McHenry (Hedberg, Qualls, Smith, Zabor) 1:33.12, 3. Woodstock co-op (Wolf, Kucharski, Lorr, Zinnen) 1:38.39, 4. Jacobs co-op (Boysen, Waddell, Kania, Sereda) 1:41.97, 5. Huntley (LoPiccolo, Kalscheur, Bentley, Michael) 1:46.68
100 backstroke: 1. Ogaban (J) 54.41, 2. Orndahl (J) 55.46, 3. Siegmeirer (CG) 58.76, 4. Richardson (CG) 58.81, 5. Manley (CG) 59.40
100 breaststroke: 1. Qualls (M) 1:03.56, 2. Stuart (J) 1:04.69, 3. Hankins (CG) 1:05.30, 4. Seeger (CG) 1:05.31, 5. Hemphill (M) 1:08.78
400 free relay: 1. Cary-Grove co-op (Dolezal, Fadden, Babakhani, E. Hare) 3:17.87, 2. Jacobs co-op (Orndahl, Coyle, Stuart, Ogaban) 3:23.80, 3. McHenry (Hedberg, Smith, Zabor, Qualls) 3:33.08, 4. Huntley (Harper, Michael, Hagberg, Tocmo) 3:44.06