ROCKFORD – Heading into the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final race at the Jefferson Boys Swimming Invitational on Saturday, Cary-Grove trailed DeKalb by four points.
The Trojans’ Adam Gaynor, Andrew Brierton, Jake Betz and Michael Hamann pulled out the win in 3:22.85 to capture the team title with 321 points. Woodstock co-op was fourth with 201 and McHenry placed eighth with 159.
Hamann entered the relay trailing Boylan by about five yards and was even with DeKalb. He said he relishes being in pressure situations.
“I love it,” Hamann said. “When I got up on the block, the thought went through my mind, ‘This is what I swim for.’ ”
Hamann also won the 200 individual medley (2:00.55), and C-G won the 200 medley relay with Hamann, Adam Eibel, Tyler King and Brierton in 1:41.41.
Woodstock’s Morgan Hofmann, Phil Krueger, Adam Steinken and Henry Gantner won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:31.99. McHenry’s Trey Schopen was fifth in the 500 freestyle (5:09.32).
St. Charles Invite: At St. Charles, the Jacobs co-op team placed fourth out of five teams. The Golden Eagles placed second in the 400 medley relay (3:48.72), which consisted of Francis Ogaban, Josh DeDina, Alex Reinbrecht and Nick Le.
Reinbrecht also placed first in the 200 freestyle (1:46.82) and the 500 (4:52.8) along with a second-place finish in the 100 free (49.34).
Prairie Ridge 45, Jacobs 29: At Crystal Lake, the Wolves (13-6 overall, 3-3 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division) rode Sarah LeBeau’s four 3-pointers and 14 points to their third division win.
Kelsey Bear added 13 points for P-R in the victory.
Victoria Tamburrino and Jennifer Barnec added eight and six points, respectively, for Jacobs (1-17, 1-5 FVC Valley).
Hampshire 60, Woodstock 44: At Hampshire, Emma Beniot scored a game-high 27 points for Hampshire (7-10, 2-3 FVC Fox) while Sara Finn added 20 points in the win.
Sami Ludwig was the leading scorer for the Blue Streaks (7-12, 1-5 FVC Fox) with 13 points.
Grayslake North 48, Crystal Lake Central 43: At Crystal Lake, the Knights (16-1 overall, 7-0 FVC Fox) were led by Brittney Thibeaux (15 points) and Jordyn Bowen (14).
For the Tigers (9-9, 1-4 FVC Fox), Kelsey Schmitt made three 3-pointers and led her team with 14 points.
Alden-Hebron 47, Harvard 36: At Harvard, Brooklyn Hilton scored 12 points and Jacqueline Walters added 10 as the Giants (11-6) rolled to a nonconference win.
Randi Blazier (15) led for the Hornets (4-15).
Grayslake Central 43, Woodstock North 34: At Grayslake, the Thunder dropped to 12-7 overall and 4-2 in the FVC Fox Division. Emma Everly led the Thunder with eight points.
Grayslake Central improved to 16-1 overall and 7-0 in the FVC Fox Division.
Lake Zurich Tournament: At Brunswick Zone in Lake Zurich, the Marengo boys bowling team placed 14th out of 24 schools. The Indians were led by Kyle Alt, who rolled two 200 games – 219 and 213.
DeKalb Tournament: At Mardi Gras Lanes in DeKalb, Marengo placed second in a 12-team field. Dominique Bailey had the high-series for the Indians with a 523.
Kellie Krenzok and Susan Anthony each added a 500 series.
Harvard 39, Stillman Valley 28; Harvard 63, Winnebago 15; Harvard 57, Johnsburg 15: At Winnebago, the Hornets won all three of their matches to improved to 19-3.
Anthony Luis won all three of his matches at 106 pounds, as did Mark Struck at 113, Travis Heck at 152, Christian Popoca at 220, and Adam Freimund at 285.
Huntley 63, Glenbrook North 9; Huntley 54, Rolling Meadows 16; Huntley 36, Warren 27: At Gurnee, the Red Raiders improved to 17-1 with the three wins. John Walker won all three of his matches at 116 pounds, as well as Brandon Mabry (195, 220) and Zach Stenger (113).
• Patrick Mason, Chris Burrows and Rob Smith contributed to this report.