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Hononegah, Byron perform well at Harlem Invite
By Matt Nestor
The Hononegah Indians boys’ swimming team performed well in the individual events, while Byron gave a good overall performance at the season-opening Harlem Invitational.
The Indians won with 268 total points at the meet. Byron was second with 253 points.
Hononegah was led by two newcomers to the team. Freshmen Zach Zernechel and Nick Harner both made their mark in the first meet of the season for the Indians.
Harner and Zernechel competed on the 200-yard medley relay team, which took second. Harner also competed in the 200-yard freestyle relay (fourth) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (third).
Harner also took second in the 200-yard freestyle, the 200-yard individual medley, and the 100-yard breastroke. He also took third in the 100-yard freestyle.
Zernechel took third in the 100-yard backstroke and fifth in the 100-yard butterfly.
Austin Grutze, Keith Kleckler and Jordan Stella took second through fourth in the diving event to aid the Indians’ score. Jake Denny of Belvidere North won the event.
Byron was strong in the relays. They took first in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay, while also taking third in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Luke Holbrook, Aaron Helander, and Seth Holbrook also gave strong individual performances for Byron, winning several different events.
Algonquin Jacobs finished in third place. They were led by a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay as well as two second-place finishes from Alex Elston.
Auburn was fourth at the invite. Ondrej Vicen had victories in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard freestyle. Harlem was fifth behind Daniel Hinck’s victories in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle.
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From the December 9-15, 2009 issue