February 19, 2009
Prep Boys Swimming Notes: State berths on line for Gordons, relays
By JAMES NOKES - [email protected]
DeKALB – The time has already been posted. But that was during the regular season.
Now it is up to Michael and David Gordon to deliver that same performance for the DeKalb/Sycamore boys swimming co-op when it matters most at the IHSA St. Charles East Sectional.
Michael Gordon is the third seed in the 200 individual medley and the second seed in the 100 butterfly. David Gordon is the fourth seed in both the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle.
Don’t expect David Gordon to peek over at other lanes to see where he stands during the race. DeKalb coach Marybeth McGill said he has developed ‘blinkers’ in the pool and knows it is just the clock he is going against.
“David never freaks out,ý McGill said. “He is so strong mentally. But he is swimming next to a familiar face, Grant Alef of Kaneland. The pair are teammates on the Kishwaukee YMCA swim team so he might sneak a peak over that way. But it will not affect the way he swims.ý
In a year where the Barbs have won three invitationals and finished second at another, McGill is eager for Saturday’s meet not just because of the potential for individuals to advance. The medley relay team is .01 seconds off the time to qualify for state. The 400 freestyle team is one second off the time. Getting both relays downstate would be huge McGill said.
“I would say this season has exceeded my expectations,ý McGill said. “I feel confident in the relays teams. We won when we weren’t rested, when we were still grinding out yards and training hard. I’m excited to see what the team can do when they are properly rested. It’s also a huge boost for the individuals that make state to have a full relay team there. It doesn’t make it seem like you are all alone with all those people there.ý
Name: David Gordon
In practice everyone has cut down on the yardage they are swimming. We are definitely taking it easier in the water. We’ve also started to take it easy when it comes to weight lifting. The last thing we want is to be sore with a berth in the state tournament at stake. Overall, I’d say everyone is real excited about this weekend’s sectional meet. Especially for the relay teams, which have a legitimate shot to qualify for state. That would be very special because it hasn,t been done in so long. All the coaches have done a great job preparing us for this weekend. We’ve looked at last years results to see how to approach each swim. At practice we are swimming “broken swims,ý which help to simulate an actual race. We all look strong going into this weekend. We want as many fans as possible out at St. Charles East at 1 p.m. on Saturday too, the more support; the better.