Last season, the Evanston boys’ swim team had no representation in the State meet. They want to make up for that this season.
In the season opener on Dec. 4, the Wildkits came ready to swim against Fenwick and won, 127.5- 55.5. After that meet, head coach Kevin Auger said, “Hopefully it set the tone [for the rest of the year]. We swam well. Smart swimming with good times hopefully reinforces the things we have been emphasizing. …We are hard and swimming fast for so early in the season.
“Our senior captains, Kevin Quinn, Matt Wich, Max Behles and Colin White, did a great job at Fenwick; winning all their events and relays and closing in on or going under state cuts,” added the coach.
With the season just underway, Coach Auger said the expectations for the season are to “continue to improve and work towards a top three finish [in Central Suburban League] Conference and in the top 20 in State.” When asked how they will achieve those goals Auger said, “Work hard and help our youngsters develop.”
On Dec. 11 the Kits lost to Naperville, 107-79. But the next day they swam very well in the Bronco Relays, taking first place with 103 points. Lake Park came in second with 64.5 points.
“So far the season has been going very well. We had a good weekend wining our division at Bronco Relays. As far as the Fenwick meet is concerned, we swam very well and the team was very upbeat and still is,” said senior co-captain Behles. ” I think it will set the tone for the rest of the year. The team is in a very good mood.”
That good mood continued after winning their meet against Deerfield on Dec. 18, 120-66. The next day the Kits finished second in the Evanston Tri-meet with Loyola and Rockford Guilford. Loyola took the top spot with 153 points; Evanston trailed with 70. Quinn finished first in both the 200 IM and 100 fly.
The Kits upcoming schedule, after a holiday break, includes meets on Jan. 8 against Niles West, and on Jan 9 they participate in the Evanston Invite. Then on Jan. 15 the Kits visit Maine South, and on Jan 16 they swim in the Trevian Relays at New Trier.
Both coach Auger and Behles are looking forward to the Evanston Invite on Jan. 9. “I am looking forward to swimming the Evanston Invite because that is when we see some of our toughest competition of the year,” said Behles.
“For the rest of the season we plan on just working hard and hopefully we can win our next few dual meets and come out with a winning record before we make a push in the championship meets,” said Behles. “We are stronger than we were last year and the team is very motivated to do well so I believe that we will have a very good season.”
If all goes to plan, look for the Kits to be well represented in the State meet in late February.