EVANSTON – Max St. George swam at state last year, but this time he made it to Saturday's finals, which is a very different experience.
The Wheaton North junior was the Wheaton co-op's only representative in the finals, qualifying in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200 individual medley. He was fourth in the backstroke (50.44) and eighth in the IM (1:53.38).
"I was a little bit nervous at the beginning, but once I got in the pool it was pretty fun," St. George said. "The whole vibe is just crazy."
St. George said his performance at state just about matched his expectations. He was able to bulk up in the offseason, going from about 6-foot, 130 pounds to about 6-foot-2, 160 pounds this season. Now, he will shoot for loftier goals as a senior.
"I want to win next year," St. George said. "That's my goal, no doubt."
Matt Rogers competed in the prelims of the 100 freestyle on Friday, placing 17th in a time of 47.67. The cut-off for advancing to the finals was 47.25. He was also 21st in the 100 backstroke (52.79).
Additionally, Tommy Reminger was in the prelims of the 500 freestyle, finishing 17th after touching the wall in 4:41.22.
The 200 medley relay team of St. George, Evan Sheriff, Reminger and Rogers was 17th in 1:37.11. The 400 freestyle relay grouping of Rogers, Reminger, Peter Hummel and St. George was 25th in 3:15.34.
Alex Laleian placed 19th in the prelims of the 500-yard freestyle Friday at the IHSA state meet, clocking a time of 4:42.61. The senior was also 22nd in the 200 freestyle (1:44.42).
Freshman Tyler Sesvold came in 22nd in the prelims of the 100-yard backstroke Friday with a time of 53.02.