On Saturday, January 10, the Brother Rice swimming team participated in the annual Evanston Invitational. The Evanston Invitational is one of the most crucial meets of the year; as many of the top teams in the state partake such as New Trier, Evanston, Naperville North, Loyola, and Stagg participate.
The Crusaders started off the meet by placing eighth the 200 Medley Relay with a time of 1:44.09. In the 200 Freestyle, Tommy Davey touched the wall in 1:50.91, a season best time for him. In the next event, the 200 Individual Medley, sophomore Luke Healy placed ninth with a time of 2:06.39. Freshman standout Aaron Payne swam the 50 Freestyle in 23.61. Senior captain sensation Danny Whalen swam the 500 Freestyle in 5:34.52. Sophomore state qualifier James Ryan placed seventh in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:04.36 to cap off the individual events. The highly anticipated 400 Freestyle Relay of Tommy Davey, Luke Healy, Aaron Payne, and Mitch Strahlman placed seventh with a time of 3:22.23.
The Crusaders placed 11th out of 22 teams at Evanston in the most important mid-season meet of the year. Senior captain Danny Whalen stated that, “We’re just glad that the rest of the state knows we’re a force. I’m happy the way we came out and raced today. I love this team, and we have great chemistry. The way we swam as a whole today proved that.”
The Crusaders look to swim even faster during the upcoming Sandburg Invitational, Catholic League Championships, and the Sectional Championships.