Woodstock North co-op swimmer Quinn Cynor left the IHSA Boys Swimming and Diving State Meet pleased with his results and motivated for the future.
Cynor, a sophomore at Woodstock, took sixth in the 200-yard freestyle and was ninth in the 100 backstroke Saturday at New Trier in Winnetka.
Cynor’s 200 freestyle time (1:40.75) was 0.08 off his qualifying time from Friday and earned him the program’s first state medal since Brenden Dougherty and Brian Spittler in 2006.
Cynor swam 50.90 in the 100 backstroke, 0.27 faster than his qualifying time in that race.
“It was really fun, and I swam well,” Cynor said. “I got a lot of experience for next year and senior year. An ‘A’ final (championship) and a ‘B’ final (consolation). I’ll be a lot more confident in next year’s meet and swim faster.”
Cynor missed qualifying for the finals last year as a freshman, so reaching two finals was a goal, as well as a thrill.
“I felt strong [in the freestyle],” he said. “I was more focusing on racing than time. I came out where I was [seeded], so that’s OK.”
Cynor did some work in warm-ups on his turn in the 100 backstroke that he felt benefited him in that race.
“I was a little off underwater yesterday,” he said. “I worked on my dolphin kick [on the turn], and that helped. I broke the 51 mark for the first time, which is a huge accomplishment. I trained really hard over the course of the season. My backstroke kind of came out of nowhere. I focused specifically on that the last couple weeks, and it worked.”
Thunder coach Ian Shanahan felt the results marked significant progress for Cynor’s high school career.
“This capped off a really good season for him,” Shanahan said. “Those are pretty high places as a sophomore, and he has two more years. He had his best time in the freestyle [Friday] and his best time in the backstroke today. This was a really big step, being top 12 in two events. Next year, maybe top six in two and maybe win one as a senior.”