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Boys Swimming: Waubonsie takes second at College Events

Updated: January 24, 2013 6:48AM

On a Waubonsie Valley swimming team loaded with great freestyle sprinters, Nathan Morris is something of a rarity as a talented long distance freestyle man.

At Saturday’s College Events quad at Naperville North, Morris won the 500 freestyle to help the Warriors to a second-place finish in a meet that saw all four teams win at least two events as they battled for the lead in the team standings throughout the day.

Marmion won five events including the 800 freestyle relay, the final race, to win with 157 points. Waubonsie Valley was second with 149 , followed by Naperville Central with 140 and host Naperville North with 129.

Morris, a junior who swam a best time this year of 5:07.38 in the 500 free, is determined to make it to state this year after falling just short a year ago.

“I worked out a lot over the summer at a new club,” Morris said.

“And I’m much more intense at practice and in the weight room this year. Last week at the Neuqua Valley Invite I’m already near my taper time of last year and I’m hoping to keep dropping more time.”

While many long-distance swimmers believe in pacing themselves early and putting on a big push at the end, Morris works at sprinting in practice in order to get to his top speed early.

“I do better when I can go faster in the beginning and hold onto to it,” Morris said. “Winning the 500 was a big confidence-builder because I died a little at the finish in the 1,000 free.”

Morris, who finished fifth in the 1,000 freestyle on Saturday, emphasizes that he is not the only distance man on the Waubonsie Valley team, pointing to freshman Michael Schwers as an up-and-comer who is keeping him on his toes in practice.

Schwers finished third in the 1,000 at the college events meet.

“He’s a good guy to face in practice,” said Morris. “He’s like the Energizer bunny. Also, Adam Stacklin is a good distance swimmer who works with us at practice on the longer distances. He pushes all of us in practice and he sets high standards.”

Stacklin, who missed practice all week with the flu, came back and won the 50 freestyle in 22.54, just ahead of his teammate Michael McWhirter, who swam a 22.91.

Stacklin and McWhirter combined with Kelvin Newton and Bradin Krug to win the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:31.93

“Today’s meet showed that we’re building a little depth,” said Waubonsie Valley coach Nick Arens.

“We have eight sprinters we’re confident in, but our guys are proving as Nathan and Michael did today, that we’re getting better in every race. Kai Motoyama, who finished third in the 200 breaststroke, is another guy who is really developing into a good all-around swimmer.”

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