Created:Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:52 p.m.CDT
Updated:Thursday, January 31, 2013 11:58 p.m.CDT

Inside Boys Swimming

Athlete of the Week

Kevin Braun

McHenry, fr.

The standout freshman has had a phenomenal year for the Warriors’ young squad. Braun set two records at the Woodstock co-op Invitational on Jan. 19 and has been winning events for the Warriors all season.

He has swum the 50-yard freestyle events along with the 500 freestyle and off-stroke events such as the butterfly. His versatility makes him a threat that head coach Craig Fowles said can plug into any race and expect a good swim.


Winning ways: Huntley won dual meets last week against McHenry and Woodstock co-op, and the Red Raiders are enjoying a late-season surge heading into the conference meets.

Coach Rachael Schwingen said freshman Benjamin Cazel had a great 500-yard freestyle swim during the Woodstock co-op dual meet Jan. 23, while senior Matt Haage impressed in the 50 freestyle.

Schwingen didn’t want to talk about personal goals too soon, but with the season winding down, she will speak with her swimmers about what each would like to accomplish.

“We have not talked about individual goals for conference and sectionals,” she said. “We will finish up the meets this weekend and then begin to talk about specific goals.”

Record set: The Woodstock co-op 200 freestyle relay team of Adam Steinken, Trevor Nomm, Morgan Hofmann and Henry Gantner set a school record in the event against Cary-Grove on Jan. 25.

The team swam a 1:30.80, which is a little more than two seconds off the state qualifying standard, but Hofmann said that with a good taper it is not out of the question for each swimmer to shave a half-second off his 50 freestyle time.

“We just have to make sure to get good, quick starts,” he said. “We like a challenge, and we’ve been swimming good.”

Postseason: The Fox Valley Conference meet will be at Woodstock North on Feb. 9. The teams have finished their dual meets and will begin preparing for the championship meets.

The junior varsity swimmers often taper for the conference meet, while the varsity swimmers do so on a case-by-case basis.

Cary-Grove coach Rick Schaefer said several of his swimmers won’t be fully tapered until the state meet. Swimmers such as three-time state qualifier Michael Hamann aim to be at their best for that meet.

“Some will get a full taper for the sectional meet for a chance to make the state meet,” Schaefer explained. “Others will wait longer. A lot of times you see kids swim much faster at their sectionals than at state because of their tapering schedule, but the really fast kids can peak at state, and that’s what we hope to accomplish.”

Patrick Mason