Athlete of the Week
Woodstock co-op, sr.
Steinken played a large role in securing the victory for his team at the Woodstock Invitational.
The senior won a pivotal 100-yard breaststroke race, which vaulted the Blue Streaks into contention for the win.
The time (1:03.08) was his best of the year by more than a second. He said he has gone a 1:02 previously, but that was at sectionals last year after his workouts had been fully tapered. He expects to go much faster this year.
“I have really high expectations,” he said. “This (1:03.08) was the fastest I’ve done all year and we are in the middle of a tough stretch with sickness, hard practices and tough meets. I think that with a taper and a Fastskin – technical suit, which reduces drag – I can break my record and possibly reach state.”
Steinken also took second in the meet’s 200 individual medley in 2:05.73, which was another promising swim for the senior.
His coach, Ian Shanahan, said that Steinken and his other seniors stepped up and performed well when they had to.
Young talent: McHenry is poised to be a mainstay in the Fox Valley Conference swimming elites. The Warriors are a young team with only three upperclassmen, one of which is a senior, so next year’s team will have generally have the same look, but with added experience, which is extremely valuable during important meets.
Kevin Braun is one of those coach Craig Fowles is particularly excited about. Braun won both of his individual races in the Woodstock Invitational and broke two meet records while doing so. He is swimming at the varsity level as a freshman.
Trey Schoben is another young swimmer Fowles is high on. Schoben swam a 56.17 in his 100 butterfly, which was good for third place. He was also part of two winning relays.
“Trey’s fly is so good,” Fowles said. “He has really come on and is swimming really well.”
The Warriors finished fourth at the meet, which bested Fowles’ expectations with the help of their fast underclassmen.
“It was one of our better showings,” Fowles said of the meet. “I’m happy where we are at right now. Historically, we don’t see a lot of big time changes at this point in the season, but we have seen some great swims and it is definitely encouraging.
“The morale on this team is good, and when the kids buy in and are excited about what they can accomplish, you usually see some good results.”
State times: Cary-Grove’s Michael Hamann swam two state qualifying cuts in winning the 100-yard butterfly (52.60) and 100 backstroke (53.76) for the Trojans on Saturday at the Buffalo Grove Invitational.
Those times don’t guarantee Hamann a state appearance, though the three-time state qualifying senior will have a chance to improve his qualifying times at the sectional meet. Recording such times now, however, is a good sign and coach Rick Schaefer is confident that Hamann and a few others can reach the state meet without being fully tapered.
This week’s top meet
Cary-Grove at Woodstock co-op
4:30 p.m. at Woodstock North
C-G is coming off a loss to Gurnee Warren on Tuesday and is looking for better swims all-around, while the Blue Streaks are enjoying success over the past week and have been swimming well.
The Blue Streaks’ Morgan Hofmann pointed to this meet as something to get excited for because of the Trojans’ number of fast swimmers.
– Patrick Mason