New Trier relays face stiff competition
New Trier's Jeff Park swims in the 200 individual medley at the Evanston Invitational on Saturday. He took second (1:56.27). Visit winnetka.suntimes.com/sports to view a photo gallery from the invite. | Joel Lerner~Sun-Times Media
Updated: February 11, 2013 7:21AM
EVANSTON — New Trier failed to win an individual race at Evanston’s invitational.
Still, the two-time defending state champion Trevians came away with their fifth title in a row at the event, highlighted by victories in the 200-yard medley relay and 200 freestyle relay Saturday.
“I thought we swam solid, all things considered,” New Trier coach Mark Onstott said. “We had a great two weeks of training, and we are in good shape. We had a sprinkling of good swims.”
Senior David Schriesheim was part of wins in both the 200 medley (1 minute, 36.99 seconds) and 200 free (1:28.95) relays.
He swam with senior Brian Walsh, senior Jack Mangan and junior Jae Park on the medley relay and with seniors David Tao, John Dina and Reed Malone on the free relay.
“Saturday was the first time we swam our relays against some really good overall competition,” Onstott said. “It’s definitely something we still are playing around with as much as we can.”
New Trier’s 400 free relay of Malone, Dina, Walsh and Mangan took a close second to Lake Forest, finishing in 3:12.20 to the Scouts’ 3:11.89. The two powerhouses will compete against one another Saturday at the Trevian Relays.
Malone, Mangan and Tao all finished with two second-place finishes Saturday.
Malone timed a 1:42.80 in the 200 free and a 4:42.39 in the 500 free. Onstott said Malone, last season’s state champ in the 200 individual medley, usually swims slower at this time of the year.
“Some guys can swim fast at the drop of a hat, but he doesn’t do that when he’s tired,” Onstott said. “But he’s about where he was last year.”
Onstott said he liked what he saw from Tao, who placed second in the 50 free (22.18) and 100 butterfly (53.19).
“Two very good swims,” the coach said.
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Onstott said he also was pleased with the individual efforts from Park and Walsh. Park was second in the IM (1:56.27), while Walsh was third in the fly (53.27).
“Walsh could definitely be in any two of our three relays,” Onstott said. “He’s making a bigger impact this year and doing a good job.”
The Trevians will see some of the same teams Saturday that they saw at Evanston, including Lake Forest, Loyola and Naperville North, all of which finished in the top six at the 18-team meet last weekend. But New Trier also will get to compete against Barrington and Hinsdale Central, two of the top teams in the state.