DeKalb-Sycamore boys swim team captures York Invite title
The DeKalb-Sycamore co-op boys swimming team captured the York Invitational team championship on Saturday.
Among the six-team invitational were rivals Deerfield and Plainfield, which placed second and third. It's the second consecutive year DeKalb-Sycamore has won the invitational.
"We came out on top which is where we wanted to be and we did it without diving, which is always impressive to me," co-op coach Leah Eames said. "To overcome that and go ahead by so much was so exciting. I couldn't have asked for anything more from the guys today."
Sophomore Daniel Hein won the 200-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke. He set a pool record in the 100 back with a time of 52.11, the fastest he's gone in season.
Dylan Powers won the 100 butterfly with a season-best time and Jacob Bjork took first in the 500 free, winning by three hundredths of a second.
Hein, Ryan Schultz, Powers and Holden Mackey combined to win the 200 medley relay while Powers, Bjork, Michael Carlson and Hein took first in the 400 free relay.
"Those relays were exciting too," Eames said. "As far as the medley relay, that was not too far off what the guys went last year when they qualified for state. They have their eyes to maybe even getting in there and place top 12 at the state meet."
DeKalb-Sycamore will now start their winter break training, including two-a-day practices.
"Having this meet behind will motivate them to train hard and work hard because they're seeing improvements directly related to their training," Eames said.
DeKalb places third: DeKalb took third place in the Rockford East Invite with a total of 5,219, finishing behind Rockford Guilford and Hononegah, two teams ranked in the top four in the state.
The Barbs were led by Michael Belluzzi's five-game total of 1,092, including a 236 high game. Will Todtz tallied a 1,090 series with games of 248 and 257. Ranzy Collins had a 1,078 series with games of 252 and 226.
Sean Mattingly recorded the second-highest single-game total of the invite with a 288, recording 10 strikes in a row.
Kaneland goes 2-1 at home: At Maple Park, Kaneland defeated Belvidere North, 48-6, in a nonconference dual match as a part of quad.
Luke Eggenberger won by pin while Dane Goodenough and Justin Diddell recorded victories by decision with Diddell's coming in overtime.
Kaneland lost to Geneva, 35-30, but defeated Rock Island, 36-33.
Kaneland drops conferenece match: At Yorkville, Kaneland lost to Yorkville, 61-6. Kaneland's Riley Vanik won by pin at 145 pounds.