A big thanks to Sean Sullivan for leading our coverage of the Illinois High School State Championship Meet.
Prelims of the IHSA State Meet saw four state meet records go down including a pair by Stanford commit Connor Black and one each by USC bound Reed Malone and Northwestern commit Andrew Jovanovic.
Connor Black got the fast swimming going early with a 20.94 split on the fly leg of Mundelein High School’s 200 medley relay, the first swimmer to split under 21 seconds in Illinois history. From there he kept it going with a 19.80 in the 50 free to break Matt Grevers’ 2003 meet record by .03. He would later set another state record, this time in the 100 fly in a time of 47.20, almost a full second under the previous state record.
In the second of Black’s two individual swims he was able to take the top seed ahead of two time defending state champion in the 100 fly, Andrew Jovanovic, of Loyola Academy who finished in a time of 47.81, also under the old state record. Jovanovic turned out a state record of his own in the 100 backstroke, in a time of 48.21 a full half-second under Matt Grevers’ last remaining state meet record. Jovanovic would also lead off the Ramblers 200 free relay in a time of 20.5 helping them to a 6th place prelims time and he would anchor the 400 free relay with a 43.69 as a part of another 6th place relay.
Not to be left out, New Trier’s Reed Malone took down a state record of his own in a time of 1:35.60, well under the old state record and 3 seconds clear of the field. He would also cruise to a top seed in the 500 free in a time of 4:21.09. Immediately after the 500 free, with no cool-down pool, Malone took part in the 3rd seeded 200 free relay for New Trier, anchoring with a time of 20.89. And then once more on the top seeded 400 free relay that finished with a time of 3:03.90 with Michigan commit Jack Mangan, a member of the national record-setting relay from last year, as well as Brian Walsh and junior Jae Park.
Other notable swims from the meet included the top seeded Trevians in the medley relay with a time of 1:32.09, again with Jack Mangan, Jae Park, Brian Walsh, and David Schriesheim. Matt Conway of Warren Township High School, a future UNC Tar Heel, swam to a 2nd seeded 200 free in 1:38.87 and a 3rd seeded 49.23 in the 100 fly.
Also of note were a pair of swims by Peter Grumhaus of Lake Forest High School with a 1:38.89 200 free, a 4:26.97 in the 500 and he was a part of the 4th seeded medley and 2nd seed 400 free relays. Junior Ryan Held of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School swam a top seeded 100 free in 44.86 and a 2nd seeded 50 free behind Black in 20.37.
The meet is being held at New Trier High School where finals are scheduled to begin at 1:00 CST.