Putting itself in a position to earn a trophy at the State Meet for the first time in 10 years, the Lake Forest High School Swim Team put two relays and four individuals competing in five events into the finals at 1 p.m. Saturday in Winnetka after today’s preliminary round.
Seniors Peter Grumhaus, Colin Rowe and Bogdan Balteanu along with sophomore Daniel Smith will swim for a championship in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Grumhaus, Rowe and Smith will compete for individual honors along with diver Andrew Marsh.
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Two time defending state champion New Trier will have three relay team and seven individuals in the finals putting a roadblock in front of a potential team title. The Scouts stated goal is second or third.
In the 400 freestyle relay, Lake Forest logged the second best time of 3:05.04, just over a second behind New Trier. In the 200 medley relay, the Scouts time of 1:34.12 was fourth. Relays give a team twice the points they can earn for a like finish in an individual event.
Grumhaus will contend for a championship in the 200 and 500 freestyle events. In Friday’s preliminary heats, he had the No. 2 time in the 500 of 4:26.97 while a 1:38.89 clocking was third best in the 200.
Rowe will swim for the 100 freestyle title after recording the second lowest preliminary time of 45.65. He was 27th in the 200 freestyle in 1:44.05 Smith’s 51.05 effort in the 100 backstroke gives him a chance to earn a seventh place medal.
In diving, Marsh is currently in seventh place with 294 points. Though leader Brandis Heffner of Normal’s University High has accumulated 325.75 tallies, Marsh is in a position to move up in the standings.
Balteanu ended his individual career for the Scouts with a 17th place preliminary finish in the 100 breaststroke in 58.95 and 23rd in the 100 freestyle with a time of 47.38.