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Lemont qualifies first-ever relay team for IHSA Boys’ Swimming State Finals

Lemont qualifies first-ever relay team for IHSA Boys’ Swimming State Finals

Already enjoying its most successful season to date, Lemont High School’s boys’ swimming program finished third in the team standings at the IHSA Sandburg Sectional on February 22, its best finish ever in sectional competition. Additionally, by winning the 200 freestyle relay, the quartet of juniors Nate Bielanski and Joey Kibbon, sophomore Colin Treanor and freshman Brandon Johnson became the first relay team in program history to qualify for state finals competition. They will compete at the 2020 IHSA Boys’ Swimming State Finals, which will be contested at Evanston Township High School on February 28-29.

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Bielanski, Johnson, Kibbon and Treanor teamed to touch the wall in the 200 free relay in 1:29.13, establishing a new school record in the event for the fourth time this season. 

The 200 free relay school record is one of many that fell in sectional competition. Bielanski, Johnson, Kibbon and sophomore Luke Knutte teamed for a third-place finish in the 400 free relay, breaking the school record for the fourth time this season in a time of 3:17.24.

Kibbon placed second in the 200 freestyle in a school record time of 1:44.92, and missed qualifying for the state finals by less than seventh-tenths of a second. He also established a new school record in the 500 free, touching the wall in 4:47.57 while placing third. Johnson was the runner-up in both the 100 free and 100 backstroke, and established a new school record time of 53.45 in the latter.

All swimmers who equal or surpass an established minimum qualifying time in sectional competition advance to the state finals, as do event winners at each of the state’s 16 sectionals.

Boys’ swimming became an official Lemont High School sport during the 2010-11 season. Matt Krzeminski ‘08 qualified for the IHSA State Finals in the 50 free in both 2006 and 2007 while competing under the school’s name. In 2018, Owen Ganzer ‘18 became the first in program history to qualify for the state finals in two events, doing so in the 50 free and 100 free events. His 24th-place finish in the 100 free is the best state finals effort in program history.

Head coach Josh Dunn’s team won the program’s first-ever South Suburban Conference-Blue Division title this season. Bielanski (50 free), Johnson (100 free, 100 back), Kibbon (200 free, 500 free) and Treanor (100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley) all earned SSC championships, as did the 200 free and 400 free relay squads.

Single-session tickets for the IHSA State Finals are $10; tickets may be purchased at the event. Swimming preliminaries will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28, while finals competition will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 29. Consolation finals will be swum immediately prior to the championship finals in each event.

Boys’ swimming is the eighth Lemont High School sport to be represented in IHSA State Finals competition this year. Lemont was fifth at the IHSA Medium Division Cheerleading State Finals; Lemont was 12th at the IHSA Class 2A Girls’ Cross Country State Finals; Nick Kania and TJ Polen competed at the IHSA Class 2A Boys’ Cross Country State Finals; the dance team competed at the IHSA Class 2A Competitive Dance State Finals; Paulius Malcius was fifth at the IHSA Class 2A Boys’ Golf State Finals; Isabella Calcagno participated at the IHSA Girls’ Swimming State Finals; and ten wrestlers qualified for the IHSA Class 2A Wrestling Individual State Finals, including medalists Apollo Gothard (1st), Mo Jarad (1st), Grant LaDuke (2nd), Drew Nash (1st) and Kyle Schickel (2nd).