By David Wolf ‘19
The Brother Rice swim and dive team traveled to Lockport Townships High School for an IHSA Sectional meet on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019.
For the Crusaders, the meet started with senior diver, Chris Jones, diving an official score of 358.95. This won him fifth place at the sectional swim meet and earned him a run downstate.
The swimming events began with a strong performance by the 200 yd medley relay team of Owen Greybill, Sean Griffin, Seth Miller, and Kiernan Schumacher. An outstanding performance was turned in by sophomore Kiernan Schumacher as he swam a state qualifying time in his leg of the relay. This was just the start of a great day for the Crusaders.
Following this event, seniors Patrick DuMais and David Wolf swam the 200 yd freestyle. Both swimmers dropped time and placed high in the rankings scoring for the team.
Sean Griffin and Owen Greybill both swam season bests in the 200 yd individual medley. Greybill said, “I went out looking to leave nothing in the pool. I did just that.” This was not all the two had to offer on the day for the Crusaders.
In the 50 yd freestyle, Kiernan Schumacher and T.J. Murphy both put in their best performances of the season. Schumacher came in second, swimming a state qualifying time of 21.70 seconds.
Immediately after this, Seth Miller showed his strength in the 100 yd butterfly by completely demolishing the competition by swimming a breathtaking time of 50.22 seconds. This time seeds him 4th in the prelims for Friday’s meet. Also, with this new time, Miller finds his name on the record board for Brother Rice as the 50.22 was enough to break the team’s record time.
Miller said, “I have aimed towards breaking this record since my freshman year, and I finally did it. It was nice to see the smiles on my teammates’ faces when they saw that time because it showed me how much they really support me.”
The meet ended with Miller, yet again, winning the 100 yd backstroke with a time of 52.18 seconds.
Coach Tony Cicowitz said, “I’m proud of the countless hours these young men put into this season, practicing five hours a day over Christmas break, before school, and even on days off. They formed a chemistry unlike any team I have coached here and I am happy to say that I coached this team. Seth and Patrick (DuMais) offered so much of their leadership skills to the team this year and I hope Patrick takes these skills to college.”
A proud coach, Cicowitz looks forward to coach Miller and Schumacher another year and hopes to coach many more student-athletes like them.
Good luck to Chris Jones, Seth Miller, and Kiernan Schumacher at the IHSA State Championship. Bring home some hardware!