Petro victorious at state
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Full disclosure: the author is a member of the varsity swim team.
Junior Michael Petro emerged victorious at Saturday’s IHSA State Swimming and Diving meet, claiming medals and All-American status in both the 200 meter individual medley and 100 meter butterfly events.
Petro claimed second in both events in Saturday’s finals, after being seeded third and fourth in the respective IM and fly events at Friday’s preliminary round. He dropped time from his preliminary swims, and claimed a personal best, school record and All-American title with a 48.94 in the 100 fly; he did not surpass his best in the 200 IM, which is currently the school record and an All-American time.
Petro’s 200 IM was an intense affair, swum against longtime rival and Glenbrook South senior Sam Iida, who previously claimed first over Petro at last week’s sectional meet; Petro took second there and the school record with a 1:49.91. Iida again emerged victorious over Petro Saturday, a likely relief for the senior who Petro has dogged for years now in the event.
This is the second time Petro has qualified for state, having last attended state as a freshman (Petro was not present for most of what would have been his sophomore season). This also marks Petro’s first time medaling at state.
Coach Dick Mortenson was brief in his thoughts on the meet, “The goal for Saturday was to move up and take home some hardware. We achieved both goals.”
Petro was similarly succinct, “I’m pretty happy with my weekend.”
Update: this report initially failed to mention Petro’s multiple All-American times, which he received for the 200 IM and 100 fly at sectionals and state, respectively.