DeKALB – At the end of the season, two new records will go up on the wall in the pool at Huntley Middle School.
In Thursday’s 136-31 senior-night win over Elgin, the DeKalb-Sycamore co-op’s 200-yard medley relay team of Daniel Hein, Ryan Schultz, Dylan Powers and Holden Mackey finished with a time of 1 minute, 39.58 seconds, breaking the pool record, set in 2010, by nearly two seconds.
Schultz, a senior, also broke the pool record in the 100 breaststroke. His time of 1:00.22 bested the mark set by former Byron swimmer Jeff Gullett in 2001.
“It’s definitely been a goal of mine since I was a freshman, seeing the record boards,” Schultz said. “That’s something I knew I could get by the time I was a senior.”
DeKalb-Sycamore coach Leah Eames said she’s going to wait until the end of the season to put up the new marks on the board of the eastside wall and she hopes to be putting up some more school records for a group that ends the regular season 10-0 in dual meets, with four invitational wins, as well. The Barbs will compete in the Independent Conference Meet next weekend.
Eames actually was surprised the records were broken.
The Barbs have been training hard in preparation for the postseason, in hopes of getting the best times there.
“I know some of the guys were up and wanting those records. Most of that was just pure adrenaline and the fact that they really wanted it,” Eames said. “They’ve had that in them all season. We’re training as hard as we’ve been all season, the guys are more tired now than they have been all season, which is exactly where they want [themselves] as a team and myself as a coach.”
The 200 medley relay was experienced coming into the season, but had to replace Marc Dubrick off last year’s squad which earned a state berth. Mackey, a sophomore, has stepped into the freestyle role vacated by Dubrick and kept the relay in good shape.
“We had to find someone,” Hein said. “Holden Mackey’s stepped up as that guy and he’s been great for us.”
Hein won two individual events Thursday – the 200 individual medley (2:01.46) and 100 butterfly (53.08). Powers won the 50 freestyle (23.05) and 100 backstroke (57.89), while Mackey took first in the 500 free (5:12.70). DeKalb-Sycamore’s Tyler Schultz won the 200 free with a time of 1:57.33 and Jacob Bjork took first in the 100 free (51.49).
The Barbs won every single event, which included two other relays. The 200 free team of Ryan Lindsey, Mackey, Will Ferguson and Hein had a time of 1:36.26 and the 400 free relay of Powers, Drew Seneczko, Matt Marchewka and Bjork finished with a time of 3:39.24.
In terms of the 200 medley relay, Eames thinks the best is yet to come for the group which had a record-setting night Thursday.
“With the way those guys are swimming now and how much they’ll drop (time-wise) coming into [the postseason], right now, the only question mark is not making state but are we going to get into the final this year,” Eames said. “One of our goals for that relay is to get in there, hopefully finish top 12. That’s the only question mark in our eyes right now, we’re aiming for state and even beyond.”