Created:Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:15 p.m.CDT
Updated:Thursday, December 20, 2012 10:18 p.m.CDT

Inside Boys Swimming

Athlete of the Week

Alex Reinbrecht

Jacobs co-op, jr.

Reinbrecht had an outstanding week, winning the 200- and 500-yard freestyle in a loss to DeKalb on Dec. 13. and winning both events against Cary-Grove on Tuesday.

The junior swam season-best times in both events against DeKalb, touching the wall in 4:54 in the 500 free and in 1:49.1 in the 200 free.

"Those were some pretty good swims," Jacobs co-op coach Rick Andresen said. "He is a good swimmer for us, and I'm ecstatic we still have him for another year."

As a sophomore last year, Reinbrecht won the 500 free at the Stevenson Sectional with a time of 4:40.58.


With the early portion of the season behind them, swimmers will gear up for winter break practices. This is usually a time when teams put a lot of mileage on as the two-week break serves as a great time to get some important training in. Here is how each team looks heading into the break.

Cary-Grove co-op: The Trojans are enjoying a great start to their season winning each dual meet and invitational they have competed in.

They have a few returning state swimmers as well as new faces who have made a name for themselves. Freshman Cooper Langanis entered the season with a background in triathalons and has emerged as the Trojans' distance swimming prodigy.

"[Langanis] has remarkable endurance," coach Rick Schaefer said. "It's almost as if he is part machine. It seems like he could swim all day."

Schaefer is pleased with the number of capable swimmers he has and is holding "tryouts" each meet. His swimmers eventually will swim every event in preparation for championship meets.

The Trojans defeated Jacobs on Tuesday.

"It was a fun meet for us," Schaefer said. "I've coached some of the kids on the Jacobs side, and it was fun to see them again. They have some really good talent."

Jacobs co-op: The Golden Eagles are coming off losses to Cary-Grove and DeKalb. After seeing his team swim strong times last week, Andresen wasn't too pleased with his team's performance.

"I'm a little disappointed," he said of the meet against the Trojans. "We didn't swim well, and the times weren't quite as good as I had hoped. It was really just an average meet from us."

Andresen is really looking forward to the break however as he has seen great results from the training in the past.

Last year, the Golden Eagles swam 93 miles in two weeks which is an average of 13,640 yards per practice.

"Last year we had tremendous winter practices," he said. "They busted their butts for two week and as long as we can keep everyone healthy it should be another good stretch for us."

Woodstock co-op: The Blue Streaks placed second in the Lopin Relays on Saturday at Rockford East, which is the highest they have finished.

Coach Ian Shanahan has spoken at length about the depth of his team, saying it has been "exciting" to see them develop.

"We have a really good senior class," Shanahan said. "I'm hoping to get them down timewise here, and so far we've been doing good."

Woodstock seniors Morgan Hofmann and Henry Gantner have been swimming well, each taking three first-place finishes in the past week.

The Blue Streaks over break will head to the Boylan Pentathlon in Rockford, which will showcase individuals more than the team. Each swimmer swims each event, scoring points depending on placement.

During practice, Shanahan expects to swim about 7,000 to 8,000 yards a practice.

McHenry: The Warriors have yet to swim in a dual meet but have competed in several relays, including some good finishes. McHenry finished fourth in the Patriot Relays on Dec. 1 in Lincolnshire and fifth in the Lopin Relays.

Patrick Mason