Lions looking for home-pool advantage
Hinsdale Saturday 2/2/13 Lyons Twn's Brendan Weibel during the 200 Free Style. | Jerry Daliege~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 15, 2013 12:41PM
Even though Lyons’ 200-yard freestyle relay placed fourth in the West Suburban Silver meet, coach Scott Walker still feels that unit is his team’s best chance at reaching the state meet.
“We didn’t swim well at conference,” Walker said.
Seasons will be made or broken starting at 1 p.m. Saturday when Lyons hosts a sectional at South campus in Western Springs. The sectional features conference champion Hinsdale Central, but Silver runner-up Lyons hopes to advance at least one relay and more than a handful of individuals for the state meet Feb. 22-23 at New Trier.
“I hope we can take advantage of our facility at LT. Our pool is quick and fast,” said Walker, whose team traveled to Hinsdale for the conference meet Feb. 2. “To begin with, at home we can relax, we’re confident and that’s the environment we need.”
The 200 free relay of David Freund, Joe Shannon, Peter Dore and Brendan Weibel (1:32.95) needs to drop nearly five seconds to match the state qualifying time of 1:28.01.
Lyons’ 200 medley relay of Jack Garrow, Shannon, Adam Kline and Dore (1:44.44) placed second in the Silver meet behind Hinsdale Central and is another strong candidate to advance.
Among the individuals to keep an eye on is Shannon, a senior breaststroker (1:03.55). The water polo standout placed third at conference.
Walker hopes two swimmers advance in the 500 free: Weibel (5:01.37), a junior, and sophomore Benjamin Hewett (5:03.00). The teammates were fourth and fifth in the conference meet, but well off the state cut of 4:47.79.
Diver Craig Pace hopes to earn an at-large spot at state.
“If he doesn’t hit a dive, he has to learn how to rebound,” Walker said.