Loyola junior Luke Maurer finished first in all four races he swam in Saturday at the Niles North Sectional.
Maurer won both the 100-yard freestyle (46.12 seconds) and 200-yard freestyle (1:39.86). He also contributed to wins in the 200 freestyle relay (1:26.02) and 400 freestyle relay (3:09.89).
First-place finishers and those who surpassed the state-qualifying times earned trips to the state meet, which is Friday and Saturday at New Trier.
In all, the five Ramblers qualified in seven events.
Junior Everet Andrew was Loyola’s other individual winner at the sectional, taking first in the 500 freestyle (4:41.22). Andrew also advanced in the 200 freestyle (1:43.15).
Senior Ben Dukes earned his second consecutive trip to the state meet in the 500 freestyle, placing second with a time of 4:42.76.
Dukes, Andrew and Maurer all swam on both state-qualifying relays. Freshman Lachlan Andrew was on the 200 free relay, while freshman Demetrios Zemenides was on the 400 free relay.
As a sophomore, Maurer took third in the 100 free and fourth in the 200 free at the state meet. He’s looking to become Loyola’s first individual state champion since 2013 when Andrew Jovanovic (Class of 2013) won the 100 backstroke as a senior.
Maurer’s father, Erik Maurer (Class of 1989), was a four-time individual state champ, winning the 100 free twice and 200 free twice.