Times show that Devils ready for sectional
Hinsdale Saturday 2/2/13 Hinsdale Central's Will Leach during the 200 medley relay. | Jerry Daliege~for Sun-Times Media
Thursday Girls basketball: regional semifinal, 8 p.m.
Girls basketball: regional semifinal, 8 p.m.
Saturday Boys swimming: at Lyons Sectional, 1 p.m.
Boys swimming: at Lyons Sectional, 1 p.m.
Updated: March 15, 2013 12:19PM
Eddie Mapel and Danny Ciciora already showed state-meet form in the West Suburban Silver meet Feb. 2.
The Hinsdale Central seniors finished 1-2, respectively, in the 100-yard breaststroke at the conference meet. The Missouri-bound Mapel and Ciciora would be happy to stage a repeat at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Lyons Sectional in Western Springs.
Mapel and Ciciora touched under the IHSA state qualifying times at conference and could trim even more time in preparation for the state meet Feb. 22-23 at New Trier. The state cut in the 100 breast is 1 minute, 0.83 seconds. Mapel, from Hinsdale, clocked 59.90 and Ciciora, from Clarendon Hills, touched in 1:00.66.
“Eddie Mapel has been under the state qualifying time all season and we are very optimistic about him getting through to state and doing quite well,” Hinsdale Central coach Corky King said.
Those two were the only Hinsdale Central individual swimmers to eclipse state times at conference.
The Devils had eight champions in the conference meet and could rack up even more titles in a sectional that includes eight teams from the West Suburban Conference, including host Lyons, which placed second at the Silver meet.
Hinsdale could win all three relays after picking up conference wins in the 200 medley with Will Leach, Mapel, Bryan Bu and Connor Schroyer and the 200 free with Schroyer, Nicky Relias, Bu and Leach.
“Our strength is in our relays and we believe they can all qualify and score points for us at state,” King said.
Michigan-bound Ryan O’Donnell is the favorite to take diving at the sectional after winning conference. Teammate Sam Pielet finished second in the conference and is looking for his first trip to state diving.
A few surprises for the Devils in the conference meet, such as Mitch Courtney and Craig Smith, have outside chances at reaching the state qualifying time. Peter Quinones upset OPRF’s Nikita Bondarenko for the 500 free title in the Silver, but needs to drop more time to reach state. Conference runners-up such as Quinones (200 free) and Brogan O’Doherty (100 back) must swim faster to advance in those events.
One of the favorites to reach the state meet will be Georgetown-bound Leach, who won the 100 free at the Silver meet in 49.39 and gained ground on the state qualifying time of 48.09.