Experience is paying dividends for the boys swim team. With several swimmers having three years of experience on the varsity level and building confidence over those years, the Spartans found the rewards of hard work and swam to a second-place finish at the South Suburban Conference meet at Evergreen Park High School on Saturday.
Jeremy Gravelle won the Diving title while Luke Fritz won the 200 Individual Medley and placed second in the 100 Butterfly. Mike Chowaniec took second in the 100 Breaststroke, and Alan Prymon finished second in the 500 Freestyle.
The Spartans also got second-place finishes from the 200 Medley Relay (Prymon, Fritz, Gavin Sheehan, and Chowaniec) and the 400 Freestyle Relay (Prymon, Fritz, Gravelle, and Gavin Sheehan). In all, it was a solid day for the Spartans.
“Our team has been building for a couple years now, as many of our swimmers have been on varsity for three years,” said head coach Ben Reiff. “It was nice to have many excellent time drops and see all of the guys’ hard work pay off. In the pool, it is often said that ‘what you put in is what you get out,’ and the team showed they have been grinding all year.”
The Junior Varsity team also finished the conference meet in second place.
As a result of this success and all of the hard work, Oak Lawn’s Coach Ben Reiff was voted as the South Suburban Conference Coach of the Year.