For the first time in a decade, Sandburg’s boys’ swim program failed to capture a conference championship as it finished second to Stagg at Saturday’s SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue meet at Lockport.
But despite the broken streak, Eagles coach Jim Caliendo did not express any disappointment in his youthful team’s exhibition. Instead, he is looking forward to the forthcoming sectional and the future beyond that.
Senior Dean Boures captured the diving competition for Sandburg with a score of 392.25 points. Also in the victory mix were upperclassmen David Apps (200-yard individual medley and 100-butterfly) and Zach Roper (500 IM).
Equally noteworthy were the efforts of underclassmen who have been solid for Sandburg all season long: freshman Dylan Comiskey (100-breakstroke), sophomore Joshua Lang (100-breaststroke and 100-butterfly), and sophomore Kevin Stratton, who finished second in the 100-backstroke at conference.
“We were pleased with our performance on Saturday,” Caliendo said. “We have a young squad, [but] I felt throughout the whole season, and especially at the conference meet, that the kids competed hard. I’m proud of our young guys for dropping time.”