Swimming and Diving

Swimming and Diving

Prep pulse: July 9, 2018

Though it's early July, the number of high school sports that aren't far from kicking off the 2018-19 school year would make one's mind spin.

2017-18 Prep Year in Review


1. Schlarman girls' basketball. Keith Peoples' Hilltoppers, led by Player of the Year Anaya Peoples, suffered just one loss all year en route to a Class 1A state title, the first in program history.

Prep pulse: June 11, 2018

Think about the typical high school swimming and diving meet.

An athlete might compete in anywhere from one event to four. Usually, the workload doesn't get any heavier than that.

Colin's Best Of The Bunch: April 2, 2018

Preps coordinator Colin Likas returns with Best of the Bunch, highlighting the exploits of athletes from schools such as Champaign Central, Urbana, LeRoy and Salt Fork.

2017-18 All-Area boys' swimming | Final Top 5


1. Centennial (1): Swimmer of the Year Alex Shilts qualified for two individual events at state, while the sectional-champion Chargers also sent a pair of relays to Evanston.

2017-18 All-Area boys' swimming | Meet the first team

Ethan Chow

Urbana, Jr.

WHY HE MADE IT: Chow clocked the area's top 100-yard breaststroke time at 1:01.59 en route to a sectional title in the event and becoming Urbana's first state swimmer since 2007. Chow also held top-five area times in the 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle.

2017-18 boys' swimming | Final area leaders

200 Medley Relay

Swimmer/School Time

Centennial 1:39.80

Champaign Central 1:40.96

Mahomet-Seymour 1:53.67

Danville 1:56.36

Sullivan 1:58.59

Urbana 1:58.71

Clinton 2:06.43

200 Freestyle

Lane Wagner, Danville 1:48.76

Luke Starks, Centennial 1:51.33

N-G All Area boys' Swimmer of the Year | Centennial's Alex Shilts

CHAMPAIGN — When Alex Shilts was in second grade, his young life was forever changed by two important events.

The first was a decision to take up swimming. Shilts was asthmatic, and doctors said this sport in particular would allow him to stay active while working around that issue.

But there was another reason Shilts decided at that time to become an athlete of the pool.

N-G All-Area Teams | 2017-18 boys' swimming

All-Area First Team


Ethan Chow Urbana Jr.

Nik Johnson Champaign Central So.

Damien McMullen Centennial So.

Alex Shilts Centennial Jr.

Luke Starks Centennial Sr.

Justin To Champaign Central Jr.

Lane Wagner Danville So.

Dante Waters Mahomet-Seymour Sr.