South Elgin's Nick Hasemann competes in the 200-yard freestyle during Friday's preliminary heats at the IHSA state finals in Winnetka. | Brian O'Mahoney~For Sun-Times Media
Nick Hasemann didn’t live up to the lofty expectations he set for himself, but he did set the bar high for all those who follow him.
The South Elgin senior capped his historic swimming career Saturday by capturing two more medals at the state finals at New Trier. Hasemann, the first swimming medalist in school history, finishes with six medals, three each in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.
“I’m pretty pleased,” Hasemann said. “We have a good generation coming forth in our school, not just in swimming but in everything, so it’s something to look forward to.
“I feel good about what I’ve done for the school in swimming and in all sports, so that’s one thing I can take away from this.”
Hasemann, an honor student who will swim at Louisville next year, was fourth in the backstroke and seventh in the 200 last year. Still suffering the lingering effects of an illness that came on before sectionals, he failed in his goal to better those finishes, though his times were solid in what was yet another fast meet.
The 200 free was won by state record holder Reed Malone of New Trier in 1:36.82. Hasemann was eighth in 1:40.77, which was .14 faster than his preliminary time.
Hasemann qualified for the championship heat of the backstroke with a fourth-place prelim time of 50.22 and wound up sixth in 50.61.
“I think I should be doing better, in all honesty, so this is not exactly what I wanted,” Hasemann said. “I’m not pleased, but I’ll take it for what it is. You’ve just got to move on and I’ve got a lot ahead of me in the next four years so I can’t dwell on this.”
St. Charles North senior Kyle Gannon was the other local double medalist. He placed seventh in the 200 free (1:39.99) and finished fifth in his last individual race, the 500 free, in 4:31.82.
Gannon’s showing was five places higher than teammate Spencer Gray, who was 10th in 4:37.97, and three places below that of his future Iowa teammate, Peter Grumhaus of Lake Forest, who was runner-up to Malone.
St. Charles North finished eighth in the team standings with 62 points as its 200 medley relay and 400 free relay both set school records in Friday’s prelims.
The 200 medley relay team of Austin Stepella, David Chokran, Nick Kowalewski and Gannon timed 1:34.39 in prelims before taking fourth in 1:34.48 in the finals. The 400 free relay squad of Gary, Kowalewski, Stephan Hutchinson and Gannon was fifth in 3:08.24, .51 off the school record they set on Friday.
“I felt really good about our medley relay and my 200 free,” Gannon said. “I don’t think my 500 was nearly what I wanted. I wanted to be top three. I just kind of fell apart in the last 100.”
St. Charles East took 11th in the 200 free relay as Alec Carnell, T.J. Bindseil, Will Shanel and Taylor Nunnery clocked 1:27.98.