High school boys swimming: Jacobs co-op runs away with double dual win over McHenry, Woodstock North co-op

WOODSTOCK – The Jacobs co-op boys swimming team might be a little achy, but they’re not complaining.

Over winter break, the team (made up of swimmers from Jacobs, Hampshire and Dundee-Crown) practiced two times a day, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Jacobs coach Rick Andresen estimates they put in between 11,000 and 12,000 yards every day.

“It was definitely tiring and tough,” said Elijah Stuart, a senior at Hampshire. “It was a lot, but coming out of the break, I was hitting my best times, so I can’t complain.”

Despite some tired shoulders, Jacobs’ stellar season continued Thursday with dual wins over Fox Valley Conference rivals McHenry and Woodstock North co-op.

Jacobs beat McHenry, 105-57, and Woodstock, 108-54, winning seven of the 11 events, in a double dual at Woodstock North.

McHenry beat Woodstock, 91-71, in the third dual.

“I thought we swam well,” Andresen said. “We’re a little tired at this time, but we just have to keep it going. It’s the biggest team we’ve ever had. We haven’t been this good in quite a few years.”

Hampshire junior Harold Ogaban swam season-best times in the 200 individual medley (2:03.24) and 100 backstroke (55.23), winning both events. He also was a part of the team’s winning 200 medley relay (1:43.33) and 400 free relay (3:29.97).

Stuart won the 100 breaststroke with a season-best time of 1:04.08, and Vince Chiappetta (Jacobs) placed first in the 500 free (5:02.23).

Jacobs won all three relays. Joining Ogaban on the 200 medley relay team were Stuart, Alec Orndahl (Dundee-Crown) and Reid Coyle (Hampshire). Eric Boysen (Jacobs), Coyle and Orndahl were a part of the 400 free relay.

Jacobs’ 200 free relay team of Caden Waddell (Jacobs), Boysen, Nate Herrera (Jacobs) and Stuart also finished first with a time of 1:34.26, another season best.

“I feel like our team is doing pretty well, especially going against the conference teams,” Ogaban said. “I feel like we’re stepping our game up and getting ready for that next level.”

With the dual wins against McHenry and Woodstock, Jacobs has won all three FVC duals on its schedule thus far. Jacobs beat Cary-Grove co-op, 95-75, on Jan. 9. That’s something Andresen guesses they haven’t done in about 10 years.

The teams will meet again at the FVC Invitational on Feb. 10. C-G has won the past 10 FVC titles.

“The season is definitely one of the best,” Stuart said. “We’re hoping to win the conference. That would be a cool thing to do, one of the best senior presents I could get. Beating [C-G] was crazy. We were excited for that. It gave us a big confidence boost, and we’re hoping to do that again.”

Woodstock North co-op and McHenry each won two events.

Quinton Cynor, a freshman at Woodstock, was first in the 200 free (1:48.44) and 100 butterfly (53.51). Both represented season bests.

“We’re still in that season grind right now,” Cynor said. “I’m swimming tired, but I’m swimming nice and relaxed, which is good. I’m in a nice spot right now. For me, I would like to qualify for state. Teamwise, we’re looking at a 200 medley team record that we want to get.

“We’re just focusing on building a decent team for the upcoming years.”

McHenry’s Jonah Smith won the 50 free (22.74), a season best, and Riley Hedberg was first in the 100 free (50.23).

First-year coach Sharon Lesniak said the Warriors have yet to reach their potential. Thursday’s meet was a step in the right direction, she said.

“They have not met their potential yet,” Lesniak said. “I see big things from them. We just used today as a meet to get ready for the upcoming conference and sectional meets. A lot of them are right there on their best times.”

As for Jacobs, Ogaban said the team is looking forward to finishing the season as strong as ever. Jacobs has two invites and a dual against Huntley remaining before the FVC Invite, held back at Woodstock North.

“We know Cary-Grove is such a great team,” Ogaban said. “We knew before the meet, we’ve got to bring our best. We know on Feb. 10, they’ll bring their all, and hopefully we can bring our all as well.”

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