February 21, 2009
Gordons, relay team qualify for state
By KEVIN CHROUST - [email protected]
ST. CHARLES – DeKalb boys swimming coach Marybeth McGill told her team prior to Saturday’s IHSA
St. Charles East Sectional that the 200-yard medley relay would set the tone for the kind of meet they would have.
The relay entered with a seed time one-tenth of a second over the state qualifying mark of 1:40.32, and the four swimmers apparently took what their coach told them to heart.
Chad Thompson, Michael Gordon, David Gordon and Cory Page swam a fourth-place time of 1:38.99, and from there made McGill’s words right true.
“I’m pretty impressed with how the boys swam today,ý McGill said. “We came in with some qualifying and we came in with a couple of events that we were real close. The medley relay is the one we were close in and they dropped and made it easily.ý
DeKalb finished sixth with 137.5 team points while Marmion (232) and St. Charles North (215.5) battled back and forth all afternoon for the title before Marmion finally prevailed.
The end of the meet was equally exciting for DeKalb. The same group trimmed 2.98 seconds from its 400 free relay time to finish with a time of 3:14.91. The crowd went crazy during the race as St. Charles East (3:11.43) edged out Marmion (3:11.80), but McGill and the DeKalb supporters had plenty to be happy about for her third-place team.
“We dropped about three more seconds, so that was exciting,ý McGill said.
David and Michael Gordon each qualified in a pair of individual events as well.
Senior David Gordon swam a 1:44.61 in the 200 free for fourth place and a 4:39.50 in the 500 free. The 500 free time earned him second-place honors.
“All season long, he doesn’t have a lot of competition in the 500 so it’s hard for him to get up and swim it when he’s beating everybody easily, so that was really good to see he got up and swam it with the guys he needed to,ý McGill said.
Sophomore Michael Gordon’s 52.30 placed him in fourth in the 100 butterfly. He swam to a third-place finish with a time of 1:56.84 in the 200 IM.
“I think he probably went into this more confident in the fly, and so his IM time I think probably shocked him,ý McGill said.
Thompson narrowly missed a chance to swim at state in the 100 backstroke. His time of 55.81 was 0.74 seconds off the qualifying time.