Boys’ swimming takes 2nd at conference meet


Behind junior Declan Dwyer’s third place finish in diving, the boys’ swimming and diving team earned second place at the NIC-10 meet on Feb. 12.

“It would have been a dream to beat Hononegah to end their winning streak, but we knew that would have taken a miracle,” said Coach Allison Smith. “So we were very happy with second because, besides last year, that is the only time we have placed that well at conference.”

Before the conference meet, on Jan. 22, the BHS boys’ swimming team took first place at the Woodstock Invitational, beating McHenry, Cary Grove, and Huntley. 

“It was a close win,” Smith said. “McHenry, Cary Grove, and Huntley – those were the three schools that were close to us throughout the meet, but everyone put in their best effort to earn us our win.”

Dwyer and sophomore Luis Cordoba were the only students from BHS to be a part of the team. It is Cordoba’s first year swimming on the team.

“I wanted to swim because, as a kid, I enjoyed swimming,” Cordoba said. “I never competitively swam till now, so I wanted to do something that I could feel accomplished for – something that would make my mom even more proud, something that would give me motivation to do better.”

This was Dywer’s third season on the boy’s diving team and Cordoba’s first time on the swim team.