The Lyons Township Boys Swim and Dive team took home their first ever state championship on February 27th. LT finished with 12 all-state finishes at the state finals in Evanston and earned at least one medal in all but one event. The team finished the state event with a total score of 146; Naperville Central finished second with 122 and rival Hinsdale Central finished third with 117. After finishing 15th in state last season, the Lions proved they had the hard work and determination it took for them to capture state gold this time around.
LT had the state title won heading into the final race, the 400-yard freestyle relay, as long as they did not receive a disqualification; but instead of celebrating early, the relay team of seniors Weston Credit and Ben Breitenbucher, junior Ryan Hammond, and sophomore Henry Claesson won the event to finish the state meeting at the highest possible note, also increasing their three-relay total score to 82 points. Junior Seamus Scotty also finished fifth in state in diving with a score of 459.75.
LT is losing seniors in Credit, Breitenbucher, Chris Phillips, and George Lundgren when they graduate in May, but a majority of the team is expected to return to the pool next year with their eyes set on another run at state.
This is the first swimming state title for LT and for swim and dive coach Scott Walker. Shortly after winning the state championship, Coach Walker was named the ISA Swimming Coash of the Year.
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