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Boys swimming: Hinsdale Central coach gets another trophy before retirement

<p>Hinsdale Central's head coach Corky King watches Brian Powell swim in the 50-yard freestyle consolation final during the boys' swimming state finals hosted at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Ill. on March 1, 2014.  | Jon Durr/For Sun-Times Media</p>

Hinsdale Central's head coach Corky King watches Brian Powell swim in the 50-yard freestyle consolation final during the boys' swimming state finals hosted at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Ill. on March 1, 2014.  | Jon Durr/For Sun-Times Media

Swimming coaches will occasionally find a diamond in the rough.

Hinsdale Central senior Aneil Srivastava is a valuable gem, if you ask retiring coach Corky King.  

King ended his coaching career Saturday at the state meet as the Red Devils finished third, a year after taking second. His Devils’ teams collected five state trophies during his time at the helm.

King, who coached 15 years at Hinsdale Central and 21 years at Peoria Richwoods, marveled at athletes such as Srivastava, who started out as a freshman on the bottom-rung Group 3 unit at practice. Srivastava worked his way up a very tall ladder and on Saturday earned three state medals in relays. In each, Srivastava was Hinsdale Central’s only senior.

[Read more at High School Cube News]

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