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Boys swimming state notebook: Evanston’s record-setting relay was a team effort

<p>Evanston’s Joseph Seguine-Hall swims the anchor leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay during Friday’s state prelims. The Wildkits’ 400 free relay team set a school record the next day. | Brian O’Mahoney for Sun-Times Media </p>

Evanston’s Joseph Seguine-Hall swims the anchor leg of the 400-yard freestyle relay during Friday’s state prelims. The Wildkits’ 400 free relay team set a school record the next day. | Brian O’Mahoney for Sun-Times Media 

In the final race of the boys swimming state meet, Evanston’s 400-yard freestyle relay swam into the program’s record books. 

Senior Chris Russo, senior Jospeh Seguine-Hall, junior Ryan Knohl and sophomore Adrian Lafont-Mueller clocked a time of 3 minutes, 6.65 seconds to place second Saturday at Evanston. It was the Wildkits’ best relay finish since 2005, and the time broke the school record of 3:06.93 from 2001. 

“We knew all four would have to do their parts,” Evanston coach Kevin Auger said. “We didn’t have that one superstar, so everybody had to go out and swim fast.”

Auger said he believed the 400 free relay team could be something special as far back as Dec. 6, 2013. That’s the day the Wildkits swam a 3:16.59 to defeat Naperville Central. The only difference was that junior Christian Stankovic swam on the team against the Redhawks instead of Knohl. 

“That was one of the best teams in the state, and we went really fast to beat them,” Auger said. 

[Read more at High School Cube]

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