Boys swimming: Barrington's depth overtakes Palatine
Barrington used a depth charge to help sink Palatine 113-73 Thursday in Mid-Suburban League boys swimming at Barrington.
The Broncos, who were missing five regular swimmers due to illness, were still able to call on the balance of their squad to pull away for the victory.
"They aren't as deep as we are, so we had the advantage there," Barrington coach John Valentine said. "That is really what the score reflected. But you have to give their kids credit, they really stepped up and swam their hearts off."
Valentine was pleased at how well his distance swimmers were able to perform.
"Each meet provides a different challenge," Valentine said. "It was an opportunity for our distance swimmers to swim against theirs. Our sprinters were at their best times, which is pretty much where they should be this season. They have not tapered yet."
Barrington's Dan Emary won the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:01.25.
Steven Fischer won the 50 freestyle with a time of 22.77. The senior also anchored the winning 200 medley relay (1:41.50), the 200 freestyle relay (1:30.68) and was leadoff in the 400 freestyle relay (3:28.01).
"I am trying to focus on the small things to get ready for sectionals," Fischer said. "This year we have a strong medley relay and our other relays did well too."
On the medley relay, Fischer was joined by Jack Hoppe, Sam Burrell and Jack Streeter. It was Fischer, Hoppe and Burrell along with freshman Griffin O'Leary in the 200-yard relay while Fischer, O'Leary and Burrell were joined by Brian Trees in the 400.
"Our depth showed in the relays," said Burrell, who was second in the 100 freestyle with a time of 48.49. "My time in the 100 was good and I haven't started my taper yet."
Hoppe and O'Leary also came up big for Barrington in individual events. Hoppe won the 100 freestyle in 47.98 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:01.07. O'Leary captured the 100 butterfly in 54.37 and the 100 backstroke in 55.61.
While the Broncos had plenty of winning times, it was also the effort of swimmers like Dylan Guo, Sean Appleby, Chris Chien and William Kim along with diver Dietrich Mohr that helped carry the day for Barrington.
"You could see that tonight," Valentine said. "We were missing five swimmers and if we weren't as deep as we are, we would have had our hands full."
Palatine had some nice wins with diver AJ Krambeer scoring a 200.85. Stefan Filip won the 200 individual medley in 2:08.13 while Christian Snyder won the 200 freestyle in 1:53.60.
"It was pretty good," said Snyder. "My best is a 1:50, so it was right in that range. I was a little tired when I hit the 150 mark, but I controlled it pretty well.
That tiredness came from all the work the Pirates have put in the last week according to coach Kathryn Mroz.
"We are surviving right now" Mroz said. "It has been a rough end of the season for us. We are coming out of hardest week and I think they are still feeling it, which is OK."
Palatine also got strong performances from Hubert Dybinski, Henry Gabriel, Noah Chon, Sam Adame and Alex Antoniv.