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Team closes 'rebuilding' season
Parlier, Guist represent Oswego in state swim meet

by Christine Bolin Dascher


Neither Quinn Parlier nor Tyler Guist from the Oswego-Oswego East boys' swimming and diving team were able to advance to the second day of the state tournament, which took place last Friday and Saturday at Evanston Township.
"Everyone wants to advance, but the reality is, we went all in before that to get (to state)," head coach Deryl Leubner said. "So to do that and be better the next week, there's isn't much to say in that they were already shaved and ready to go."
Parlier, a junior who also qualified for state as a sophomore, ended up placing 21st overall in the 100-yard freestyle in 47.80. The top 12 swimmers advanced to the second day in this event with the top time at 44.09 and final qualifying time at 47.25.
Parlier won first place in this event at the Metea Valley Sectional in 47.10.
"His time at the sectional, his speed is top 12," Leubner said. "He just has to do it at the right meet. If he doesn't shave last week at the sectional and shaves this week, he's in the top 12. But he just had to get there, and that wouldn't do us any good if he were not at the meet. He had a good swim, but the pool is not nearly as fast as the sectional pool. So to be that close to his time is really a good swim."
"I was hoping to make the junior national cut, and I was only one-hundredth of a second off at the sectional (in the 100 free). If I improved at all, I would have made it, but I didn't," Parlier added. "That's where my disappointment is."
Parlier also placed 26th on the first day in the 50-yard freestyle in 22 seconds. The top 12 also advanced with the winning time at 19.89 and the final qualifying time at 21.62.
Parlier tied for second in 21.78 at this event at the sectional.
"(Parlier's time at state) wasn't as fast as he was at sectionals - we were hoping he'd be a little faster - but it's a wavy pool," Leubner said. "If you hit a wave or get stuck under water a little bit, that's two-tenths of a second right there. That's why the 50 free is such a hard race. If you have one small mistake, you are done."
Regardless, Parlier qualifying for state after not swimming much in the off-season and playing football for Oswego in the fall is pretty impressive.
"It's really rare for a football player to swim as well," Leubner said. "For girls, they train all summer and go right into the fall season. For him to train for football all summer and play football in the fall, you really have no other time. When he came in the first day of practice, it was very hard for him to get back into swim shape, so for him to still get to the state meet was quite an accomplishment."
"I have very high expectations for myself," Parlier added.
Guist, who made his debut at state, went 31st on Friday in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:47.16. The top time in this event on the first day was 4:28.13 and the 12th and final qualifying time was 4:39.51.
At the sectional, Guist finished fifth in 4:46.20.
"The atmosphere (at state) was just incredible compared to sectionals," Guist said. "I felt a lot more ready to go and more excited. The 500 isn't so much physically challenging as it is mentally. The fact that you have to focus for a long period of time compared to the 50's and the 100's, that's the part that is more challenging than the physical stuff."
"The hardest event to do week-to-week is the 500," Leubner added. "It's so emotional the first time you do it, and if you look at the times of the people in the 500, those are the ones whose times fall apart the most - seven seconds, eight seconds, 10 seconds. I thought he actually had a better swim at the state meet than the sectional."
Normal University won the state title with 123 points, followed by Libertyville (120), Hinsdale Central (108), Naperville Central (95), Glenbrook South (85), New Trier (80), Metea Valley (76), Peoria Notre Dame (65), Normal Community West (44) and host Evanston Twp. (38).
Oswego-Oswego East, which had no seniors on the roster this year, finished fourth at the Independent Conference meet and ninth at the Metea Valley Sectional.
"It was a rebuilding year, but honestly, many of (the new swimmers) turned out way better than I expected," Parlier said. "Guys like (sophomores) Mark Urso and Michael Latzke have the potential to make it to state (next year)."
"I thought we had a great sectional meet with 100 percent best times and we had two guys at the state meet who almost made the finals" Leubner added. "While the names and the faces are different, the expectations and outcomes are almost the same. We accomplished so much. The challenge for our team (for next year) is in the off-season. What will these guys do in the next nine months? If they take this time and work hard in the off-season, we will be competitive right at the start of the season in our conference. If they don't, we will repeat this year and start all over."

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