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Carlson takes fourth in both IM and breaststroke

Happy returns from state meet for Dixon junior

WINNETKA – Caleb Carlson
made a return trip to the IHSA state swimming and diving championships, and came back with a pair of fourth-place

At Saturday’s meet at New Trier High School, Carlson swam the 100-yard breaststroke in 56.51 seconds. New Trier’s Charlie Scheinfeld won with a time of 54.63.

Carlson’s time in the 200 individual medley was 1:51.27. Glenbrook South’s Sam Iida won with a time of 1:46.02.

“It was a good weekend,” Carlson said. “I cut time in both races, which I’m happy with, and I did a lot better than last time at state.”

In his third trip to the state meet, his collection of medals continued to grow. The pair of fourth-place finishes join a third in the IM and 10th in the breaststroke from last year.

“He was ready to race, ready to go,” Byron coach McKenna Kurth said. “Coming back from yesterday, finals is a totally different day, so I wanted to see him get up and race. Dropped time from yesterday so, it’s good, looking fast.”

His day began in the individual medley, where in Friday’s prelims he swam a 1:51.32, the fifth-best qualifying time. He cut .05 seconds off his prelim time in the finals.

On the butterfly to open the final, he and Hersey’s Michael Petro got off to quick starts, with Petro narrowly leading Carlson. 

“[St. Charles North’s] William Myhre, he’s a really good breaststroker, so my plan was to get ahead and try to stay ahead and try to keep the lead,” Carlson said. “I just lost it.”

On the backstroke, Carlson, Petro and Iida began to pull away from the field. Petro and Iida continued to pull away on the breaststroke, but the rest of the field caught up to Carlson.

He finished .03 seconds behind Myhre, who took third with a time of 1:51.24.

“It sucks, but I gave it everything I had,” Carlson said.

In the breaststroke, Carlson came in with the fourth-fastest time in the prelims, a 56.52, and cut one-tenth of a second from his prelim time in the final.

“That was a good race for me,” he said. “I dropped a little bit of time from prelims, so I’ll take that.”

The race was neck-and-neck most of the way. Carlson swam out of Lane 6, with Naperville Central’s Phillip Sajaev next to him in Lane 5. Sajaev and Myhre, out of Lane 4, began to pull ahead at the halfway mark, and Scheinfeld soon followed and overtook them.

“I was just trying to keep pace with the kid right next to me,” Carlson said. “My endurance just couldn’t keep up. That’s something for the summer to work on.”

Carlson will be right back in the pool next week, swimming in the club season for the Sterling Stingrays.

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