Athlete of the Week
Cazel swam under the state breaststroke qualifying standard Saturday during the Fox Valley Conference Invitational. He won the race by more than 1.5 seconds and swam a career-best time of 1:00.27.
The sophomore will have to swim a 1:00.61 or better during Saturday's sectional meet at St. Charles North in order to qualify for state in the event.
Last week's conference meet was incredibly fast. Though swimmers can't qualify for state at conference, the qualifying time was broken three different times. Jacobs co-op senior Alex Reinbrecht set conference records and bettered the state qualifying time in the 200 and 500 freestyle events, while Cazel had the other.
Close: Jacobs co-op's Francis Ogaban needs to drop just 0.01 of a second off his 100 backstroke time to qualify for state and 0.78 to qualify in the 100 freestyle.
McHenry sophomore Trey Schopen is a little more than one second off the qualifying time in the 200 freestyle and less than a second off the standard in the 100 butterfly. Teammate Kevin Braun is .53 seconds away from state in the 50 freestyle.
This week's top meet
Cary-Grove co-op, Jacobs co-op, Woodstock co-op, McHenry at Stevenson Sectional
1 p.m. Saturday
Reinbrecht is heading into Saturday's sectional without any rest, as he plans on gearing up for next weekend's state meet. Look for him to put up some fast times.
Keep an eye on McHenry as coach Craig Fowles hopes to send at least two swimmers to state. Trey Schopen and Kevin Braun each have a good shot and have begun tapering.
Huntley at St. Charles North Sectional
1 p.m. Saturday
For the second straight season, John Cazel hopes to qualify for state after swimming faster than the state qualifying standard at the conference meet. He missed the cut last year but is faster this season.
– Patrick Mason