Senior Tommy Barr and sophomore Luke Maurer both qualified for the state meet in four events Saturday at the Niles North Sectional.
By doing so, they became two of the fastest swimmers in program history.
Barr advanced in the 50-yard freestyle, 100 freestyle and on the 200 free and 400 free relays. Maurer swam the 100 free, 200 free and on the 200 and 400 free relays.
Maurer’s winning time of 1 minute, 40.85 seconds in the 200 free ranks fourth on Loyola’s all-time list, and his 46.67 in the 100 free, which was good enough for second at the sectional, is fourth in program history.
Sectional champions and those eclipsing the state cuts qualified for the state meet Feb. 23-24 at Evanston.
Barr took second in the 50 free (21.39) and fourth in the 100 free (47.00). His 100 time puts him No. 5 at Loyola, while his 50 is No. 6.
He joined Maurer on the 200 free relay (1:27.34) and 400 free relay (3:11.57). The 400 free relay — which also included junior Ben Dukes and sophomore Everet Andrew — clocked Loyola’s 10th-fastest time in history.
Andrew also swam on the 200 free relay and advanced in the 500 free with a time of 4:43.20. Dukes qualified for the 500 in 4:43.99.
Senior Tony Spallone teamed up with Andrew, Barr and Maurer on the 200 free relay.
Senior diver Alex O’Toole (pictured above) totaled 491.75 points to advance to the state meet for a third consecutive season.
Photo credit: Melissa Krein/Loyola