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Parlier, Guist advance to swimming state finals

by Christine Bolin Dascher


The Oswego-Oswego East boys' swimming and diving team was able to get two swimmers, junior Quinn Parlier and sophomore Tyler Guist, to advance out of the Metea Valley Sectional last Saturday and in to the state tournament this weekend.

This will be Parlier's second time and Guist's debut at the state meet, which will be taking place Friday and Saturday at Evanston Township.

Parlier qualified in both the 100-yard freestyle and 50-yard freestyle. He placed first overall in the 100-yard free in 47.10.

"I was very excited - it never occurred to me when I first started swimming that I could be a sectional winner, especially in my junior year," Parlier said. "It was really exciting for me."

"He's a sectional champion in arguably the best sectional in the state," head coach Deryl Leubner added. "That's not too shabby."

Parlier also tied for second with two other swimmers in the 50-yard freestyle in 21.78. The first place time in this event was 21.37.

"I slipped off my start, and I felt it was possible for me to win that event as well," Parlier said.

"After he slipped, he was so far behind on his start," Leubner said. "I really think he has a great shot at dropping time (at state)."

Leubner likes Parlier's chances of placing well in the state in both events.

"He's big. He's a tall kid, and that helps," Leubner said on Parlier, who is 6-foot-3. "Swimming the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle at the high school state meet is all about finding smooth water. If you are behind early, the water gets choppy and it's hard to go fast. Being so tall, he's going to get off the blocks quick and will be out in front in the first half of the race, so it gives him a great head start."

Guist qualified in the 500-yard freestyle, where he placed fifth in 4:46.20.

"I was expecting to go a little faster with the taper," Guist said. "I felt really good after the taper and everything, but I'm still happy with my time."

"Tyler deserves it," Leubner added. "He had a great season...I knew once he got to the 300 mark that he was going to be fine because in the second half of the season, he's been such a good second half racer. We knew he was going to hold on."

As a team, Oswego-Oswego East placed ninth overall with 70 points. Naperville Central won the sectional title with 226, followed by Metea Valley (223), Neuqua Valley (186), Waubonsie Valley (182), Marmion (127), Naperville North (125), Plainfield Central (94) and IMSA (93).

Lisle (39), Morris (14), West Aurora (6) and Yorkville (2) placed lower than Oswego-Oswego East.

"We false-started the last relay race, so we would have placed eighth," Leubner said. "But points are hard to score in this sectional. When the meet has the teams it has in it, if you are not making the state cut or right off it, you are not going to score. For us to score points was difficult."

This was the first sectional meet for most of the young swimmers on the roster.

"We swam great. We had 100 percent best times - everyone dropped a lot of time, and that's something that doesn't show up in the results," Leubner said. "We've improved so much over the course of the year."

Last year, Parlier qualified for state in the 100-yard freestyle (he placed 33rd in 48.21 on the first day). The experience he gained will help him this time around.

"It's very important going in what the environment is going to be like," Parlier said. "It's very chaotic on deck, but understanding that, there will be less of a shock value and I can focus more on my races. I think I'll perform better."

Parlier is also happy he is not going at it alone and will have Guist with him.

"I'm glad he's going as well - I'm not going at it alone," Parlier said. "It's a lot easier to go with someone."

"I'm so excited to be going - this whole season, I've been training hard," Guist added. "It's nice to see it all pay off. I'm really happy about that and that (Parlier) is going too. It helps he's been there before and knows what to expect."

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