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CHAMPAIGN – As it happens, Champaign Central was the host of Tuesday's Twin City swimming and diving meet, which meant that Paul Hobbs was on the public address microphone.
So it was his duty to inform spectators that a meet record had just been established upon the conclusion of the 50-yard freestyle – by his daughter, Central senior Mamie Hobbs.
URBANA – When Urbana senior Claire Williams competes in the Big 12 Conference swim meet in two weeks, it's odds-on that someone will approach and offer a few words, perhaps mentioning inspiration.
These are the scenes of which Williams has grown somewhat weary. I'm an inspiration to others? Why?
URBANA – Though they swim in different lanes, on different teams, Urbana swimmers will be coming together for a common cause on Wednesday.
At the sixth annual "Make a Difference" meet, the Urbana, University Laboratory and Schlarman high schools' girls' swim teams will compete against each other in the lanes and work together to raise money for Crisis Nursery outside of the pool.
Boyce makes a splash
Urbana University High swimmer Lisa Boyce has participated in six meets this sea-son and established pool records in five of them.
CHAMPAIGN – Mamie Hobbs was very composed during and after the Lady Charger Swimming and Diving Invitational on Saturday. Maybe it was because the swimmer is now a senior leader for Champaign Central, or perhaps because she took first place in all four of her races. Either way, Hobbs led Champaign Central to a second-place finish at the Maroons' biggest meet thus far on the young season.
CHAMPAIGN – The current world record- holder was in the next lane. Two lanes over resided a six-time Olympic gold medalist and 18-time world champion.
A few short years ago, this might have seemed like some fanciful dream to Tyler McGill. A wouldn't-it-be great scenario for an up-and-coming swimmer not yet even in college.
CHAMPAIGN – Payton Johnson's schedule these days is such that she'll get to spend a couple of days this weekend in Champaign for her brother's wedding.
That doesn't mean the Michigan senior-to-be – bound for the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials at the end of the month – will be out of the water for long.
EVANSTON – Depth still is paying off for the Champaign Central boys' swimming and diving team.
The Maroons, who claimed an IHSA sectional title last week at Unit 4 Pool in Champaign, continued their strong season Friday at the state meet.
CHAMPAIGN – History tells Don Waybright he won't coach diving Saturday at the IHSA state meet.
"I've never had a freshman boy who finaled," the veteran Centennial head coach said.
CHAMPAIGN – It started in late December, when the parent of a Champaign Central swimmer wanted to take a group photo after a meet in Aurora.
Impulsively, Colin McGill began flexing his biceps as the camera clicked away. Soon, teammate Mike Lacine was joining in and a tradition was born.