by Mike Slodki
This is getting to be familiar territory for Kanelandâ€™s Grant Alef.
That territory is the water.
Alef, the lone KHS representative for the second year in a row, qualified once again for the IHSA State Swim Meet at New Trier this weekend. Alefâ€™s performance came at the St. Charles East Sectional.
The sophomore finished third in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:43.14.
Alef, with John Shields principal Shelley Hueber as a district sponsor, also swam the 100-yard backstroke in 53.39 seconds, good for third place. Last year saw Alef hit 4:52.04 in the freestyle and 54.94 in the backstroke.
â€œIâ€™m tapering right now, so thatâ€™ll hopefully allow me to have my peak performance,â€ Alef said. â€œI feel like Iâ€™m going pretty good in both events, and Iâ€™ve been in this situation before. My goal was to get here.â€
Alef also swims with the Kishwaukee YMCA/DeKalb County swim team.