Dates: Feb. 23-24
The Final Score: 1. New Trier, 250; 2. Naperville North, 130; 3. Warren, 80 4. (tie) Hinsdale Central and Sandburg, 73; 6. Mundelein, 71; 7. Loyola, 67; 8. Normal Community, 54: 9. Glenbrook South, 45. 10. (tie) Lake Forest and Stevenson, 34.
Top Performer: New Trier's Max Grodecki, who won five State titles. Grodecki touched first in the 50-and 100-yard freestyle events, and was also part of the Trevians' winning 200-and 400 freestyle relay teams.
Other Notable Performances: New Trier’s 400 free style relay team of Sam Skinner, Reed Malone, Jack Mangan and Grodecki. The group broke a national record set 13 years ago in Friday’s prelims, swimming the distance in
2:59.76 to break the record of 3:01.80. They came back on Saturday to win the State title with a time of 3:00.22. Malone, who was part of that relay, came away with four State titles.
Bottom Line: New Trier was dominant in securing its second consecutive State title and their sixth in the last nine years. The Trevians won 7 of the 12 events. They had at least one participant in each event and 13 swimmers in the top 12 in the State while winning all three relays. Malone swam to State titles in the 200 individual medley and was part of the winning 200 medley relay. New Trier's Jordan Sacks finished first in the diving. Loyola's Andrew Jovanovic cruised to the 100 butterfly State title for the second consecutive year. Lake Forest and Stevenson were two of the four North Suburban Conference teams to finish in the top 10.