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Boys Swimming: Central’s Lamb eases to win in 400 IM

Updated: January 5, 2013 8:29PM

Connor Lamb of Naperville Central knows that his backstroke has to be on for him to do well in the individual medley.

At Saturday’s Hinsdale South College Events Meet, the Redhawks junior swam a strong backstroke and went on to win the 400 IM in 4:14.82, almost nine seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

“My backstroke makes or breaks my IM,” said Lamb who also finished second in the 200 backstroke. “When I can break out fast in the backstroke everything else just falls into place. And, I was able to do that today and the rest felt very smooth.”

He was also pleased that his time in the 400 IM was about 10 seconds faster than the time he turned in for that event at the Naperville North College Events meet last month.

“The 400 IM is one of my best races,” said Lamb. “Swimming the longer races always makes the shorter races that much easier,”

The Redhawks went into the college events meet, which features many races double the distance of a regular high school meet, still tired from Friday evening’s win over Naperville North in a dual meet.

“We always like the Friday and Saturday schedule,” said Lamb. “It simulates the state meet where, if you do well in the prelims on Friday, you have to come right back the next day for the finals. The hope is that if you swim fast on Friday, you’ll swim faster on Saturday. And it held up this weekend. We swam well against North yesterday and we were even better today.”

“Connor had a pretty good IM,” said Naperville Central coach Mike Adams. “And he had a good 200 backstroke, winning the final race, but a boy from an earlier heat had a faster time. That happens a lot at this meet.”

As a team, the Redhawks finished fifth in Saturday’s team standings

Hinsdale Central won the college events meet with 266 points just ahead of Barrington, which scored 259.

Wheaton Co-op was third with 190, followed by Waubonsie Valley with 174, Naperville Central with 167 and Lake Park with 120.

Waubonsie’s Adam Stacklin won the 500 freestyle.

“I didn’t do too well in the 200 free,” said Stacklin. “But it gave me a warm-up and I was able to turn around and have a strong 500. It was tough today because we’re so tired but that’s a good thing at this time of the season. We can’t complain about being tired because everyone in the state is going through the same thing.”

“Adam’s a talent,” said Waubonsie Valley coach Nick Arens. “He’s definitely where he needs to be at this point of the season. We’re just looking for him to keep doing things right and keep up his intensity level for the end of the season. The team as a whole swam well today. And, any time we can put up competitive swims, we’re doing what we want to do for our long-term big picture.”

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