February 12, 2009
Prep Swimming Notebook: Barbs fueled by relay wins
By JAMES NOKES - [email protected]
A pair of records and a conference title was just what a hungry
and determined DeKalb/Sycamore co-op boys swimming team needed.
Fueled by a second-place finish in the 2008 Independent Swim Conference Meet, the Barbs won their first relay and never looked back, cruising to a first-place finish with 288 points at Riverside-Brookfield on Saturday.
DeKalb beat the R-B pool record and its own school mark in the 200-yard medley relay. The Barbs also won the 200 freestyle relay and the 400 freestyle relay. DeKalb finished first in eight races.
Is it possible for all the late-season success to propel several Barbs to the State Meet on Feb. 27-28?
“Our relays dropped about two seconds,ý DeKalb senior David Gordon said. “We are .07 off the state time. In the 400 free relay we are less than a second off the state time. There is no doubt in my mind we can do it at sectionals.
“This is really exciting because we haven’t sent a relay team down state in so long. I can’t even remember the last time, but I do know the school records we broke were at least 20 years old.ý
David Gordon, senior, Sycamore
We had our meet of the season at Riverside-Brookfield. The first thing we noticed when we walked in was that it was just a great facility. We wanted to go out there and leave an impression. Starting out with a win in the medley relay is huge. We cut two seconds off our time and were pumped from there. It was an awesome way to start the meet and really launched me into my next event, the 200 free, where I took two seconds off my season-best time. We’ve got the weekend off, so we will swim on our own. We’ve been training really hard and won’t slow down until Tuesday so we can be fresh and ready for sectionals.