Fremd boys swimming poised to make a splash


Preeth Somanchi, Staff Writer

In recent years, the Fremd boys swim team has been strong. Through consistently placing third for each of the past few seasons, they have made a mark on the Mid Suburban League.

With a returning roster of veteran swimmers who know what it takes to compete at the state level, Fremd boys swimming looks to continue upon their previous success in the 2022-23 season.

During last year’s MSL Championship, Fremd capped off a successful season with a 3rd place finish, earning 172 points. This tournament saw them cruise past many notable teams such as Buffalo Grove and Rolling Meadows, who had given Fremd trouble in prior seasons.

These points came off of many successful swims from the entirety of the team rather than efforts from one singular swimmer. Senior Kurt Pennel attributes the team’s success to their overall cohesiveness.

“It was a team effort, it was really fun to see all of us step up and race fast especially at such a high pressure meet,” Pennel said.

With this result, Fremd headed into the sectional tournament with high expectations, seeking a state qualification. They walked out of this tournament with five swimmers qualifying for state, and looked to make a name for themselves at the state competition. Many swimmers made improvements in races such as the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke.

In the upcoming season, Fremd looks to build upon their previous success, returning with strong depth. When asked about intangibles that set their team apart, Pennel discussed their off seasons spent improving together.

“A large number of us work year round on the same team, or are at least competing. We all have big goals and our chemistry pushes us together,“ Pennel said.

Team chemistry in any sport is an integral part of success. Pennel mentioned that the Fremd boys swimming team’s chemistry and similar mindset can prove to be their edge. They work together to achieve the same goal, which is to collectively improve their times and ultimately see greater results.

With many underclassman sprinters and distance swimmers on the rise with consistently improving times, Fremd is poised to make a splash this winter.