Last season, the Evanston Township High School boys’ swim team qualified six individuals and one relay team for the State meet. At State, none of the participants qualified for the championship finals or consolation finals. This season, the Wildkits hope to fare better.
“We are not a State contender but should improve upon our performance last year of zero points. We are pretty deep and compete with most teams with the exception of the elite few,” said Head Coach Kevin Auger.
Senior Captain Max Behles said, “Our chances of winning State are extremely slim. Some of the other teams are just way faster and have much more depth than we do. However, I think we will do very well this year.”
On Jan. 9, the Kits finished eighth in the Evanston Invite with 140 points. Then on Jan. 15, they beat Maine South 101-69. The next day, they finished sixth with 93 points in the 12-team Trevian Relays at New Trier.
In that meet, Behles’s took third in the 100-yard freestyle and fifth in the 200-yard freestyle. Senior Kevin Quinn finished fifth in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard backstroke. Both Behles and Quinn led the 400-yard freestyle relay team to a third place finish.
“[The Trevian] Relays were very good, the best overall [meet] of the year. Behles and Quinn swam especially well,” said Auger.
But Behles thought they could have done better. “At Trevian Relays we had some very good swims but we are in the middle of our training and everybody is tired so we didn’t swim as fast as we would have liked,” he said.
On Jan. 23, the Kits lost to Naperville North 111-74 and on Jan 30, they won their dual meet with Lake Forest and Hinsdale Central.
The remaining schedule for the Kits includes a home matchup with Glenbrook South on Feb. 5, and then the Central Suburban League Conference meet is held on Feb. 13 at GBS. From there, the Kits swim in Sectionals at New Trier on Feb. 20.
Coach Auger says the goals for the remainder of the season are to place second at the CSL Conference meet, qualify three relay teams and several individuals for State and to place [in the] top 20 at State.
“We are going to have to swim well to unseed Glenbrook South for 2nd in the CSL [Conference meet] as they come off another trophy performance from State last year,” said the Coach.
In order for them to reach those goals, Coach Auger is counting on strong performances by Behles, Quinn, seniors Matthew Wich, Colin White and freshman Blake Morgan.
“We need to keep doing what we are doing. Work hard and stay focused on doing things right,” added the Coach.
Regarding the team’s performance this season, the Coach said, “[I’m] very satisfied. Given the hard work we are doing and how tired the boys are, as well as studying for exams, I expected some sub-par performances and instead got some season bests and even some lifetime bests.”
“[In order] to keep swimming like we have been we just need to keep practicing like we have been,” said Behles. “I am extremely satisfied with the team and the way everyone has been swimming. We have all been putting in great efforts at practice and it will pay off at the end.”
If all goes to plan, look for the Kits to swim well in Sectionals and score some points at State on Feb 26-27.