ST. CHARLES – After a second-place finish in the Fox Valley Conference Invitational last week, the Huntley boys swimming team had high hopes of qualifying swimmers at Saturday’s St. Charles North Sectional for the state meet next week.
The Red Raiders instead took seventh in the meet, which was won by St. Charles East (276), scoring 74 points. They did not advance any swimmers to next week’s state meet.
“Last week, they absolutely killed it,” coach George Keenan said. “They were great. Today, they fell a little short and that was because I brought the (practice) yardage down too low.
“They swam hard. This was my first year coaching boys and I think I tapered them too low and I didn’t keep the yardage up enough and I think they just missed it. We had a few best times and few just misses.”
Junior Bryan Haage turned in the best performances of the day for Huntley.
Haage finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 48.22 and fell only 21 hundredths of second short of the state qualifying time of 48.01. Haage set a school record in the event previously set by his brother, Matt.
“I’m not that disappointed,” Haage said about not advancing to the state meet . “I’ve got next next year to look forward to.”
Haage also took sixth place in the 100 backstroke, completing the race in 55.51 seconds.
Although the 200 medley relay team of Ben Cazel, John Cazel, Ryan Czarnecki and Haage shaved a half second off its first-place conference finish, their time of 1:40.47 put them sixth in the sectional and short of the 1:38.27 mark needed to go to state.
State bowling: At The Cherry Bowl in Rockford, Karissa Gonio of Dundee-Crown finished in 36th place on Day 2 of the state finals. Gonio bowled a two-day total of 2,469, and fell six spots from her 30th-place spot Friday.
She averaged 205.8 for the weekend, and bowled a game-high of 237 on Day 2. Gonio was the only local bowler to advance the state finals this year, and the first in D-C history.
Woodstock 63, Grayslake North 52: At Woodstock, the Blue Streaks won for the second straight day in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division play. Woodstock displayed a balanced offense with six players scoring seven or more points. Nick Kubiak led the team with 13 points, and Marcus Ammirati added 11.
Genoa-Kingston 47, Harvard 43: At Genoa, the Hornets lost in Big Northern Conference East Division play. Harvard led 33-28 heading into the fourth quarter but were outscored 19-10 the rest of the way. Justin Nolen led the Hornets with 20 points and Fernando Carrera added nine.
• Kevin Meyer contributed to this report.