February 25, 2019
Friars’ senior swimmer Liam Hutchinson wins state in the 500 Freestyle!
Fenwick’s Liam Hutchinson (right) and teammate Mike Flynn celebrate after swimming in the one of the preliminary heats of the 500-yard freestyle on Friday, February 22. (Courtesy of Brian O'Mahoney/Pioneer Press.)
Congratulations to Liam Hutchinson '19, who won the IHSA state championship over the weekend in the 500-yard Freestyle race. Hutch's winning time was 4:24.47: a full seven seconds faster than the second-place finisher from Loyola Academy. In the process of winning state at New Trier, he also broke a 41-year-old school record held by alumnus Robert Ramoska ’78. (Additionally, he set a new Fenwick record of 45.38 in the 100 Free, previously held by Kevin Zielinski '88, and beat his 2018 time in the 200 Free – 1:38.18 also is a school record.)
The 400 Free Relay Team of Hutchinson, Dan Bajda, Connor McCarthy and Mike Flynn beat a 29-year-old record set in 1990 by Luke McGuire, their current coach, and his teammates Dan Lynch, Sr.; Tim Dragas and Ed Pierce. Way to swim fast, boys!
Hutch, aka "Champ," will swim for the Fighting Irish at the University of Notre Dame next season.
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