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Boys Swim Team Breaks IMSA Records in IHSA State Finals

By Mike Abrahamson, IMSA Marketing

The IMSA Boys Swim Team had a stellar performance in the IHSA State Swim Finals on February 22nd and 23rd. IMSA had four individuals, Steven Tan, Andrew Liang, Johnny Wu, and Nate Suek, competing in four events.

Steven Tan broke school records while placing 3rd in two events

In the prelims on Friday, February 22nd the IMSA 200 Medley Relay team placed 18th, establishing a new school record of 1:37.35 in the process. “Our 200 Medley Relay was very special,” said IMSA Swim Coach and Resident Counselor Kevin Satler. “Having four good swimmers that can go to State together as a team and being less than a second away from making it back to the finals is something that I never thought I would see when I first came to IMSA as a coach. They had an amazing performance.”

Also in Friday’s prelims Andrew Liang competed in the 100 Breast and placed 43rd with a time of 1:00.54. Finally, on Friday Steven Tan qualified for Saturday’s finals in both the 100 Free and the 100 Back.

In Saturday’s finals Steven Tan placed 3rd in the 100 Free, finishing in 45.65 seconds, a new IMSA record. He also placed 3rd in the 100 back, setting another IMSA record with a time of 50.01 seconds. Coach Satler said of these achievements, “Steven continues to get faster and faster.  Steven's goal is to be a State Champ, but 3rd Place in both the 100 Free and 100 Back was still a very impressive performance. He dropped a significant amount of time since last year and that is what matters.”

The Titans finished in a tie for 18th place with 24 points, and New Trier won the meet scoring 189 points. Congratulations to Steven and to all of IMSA's IHSA State Swim participants!

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