Knights sophomore Grant Alef fell just short of qualifying for the next day of competition at the IHSA State Swim Meet that took place at New Trier High School on Friday.
Alef, in his second consecutive State gathering, finished 15th in the 500-yard freestyle and 14th in the 100-yard backstroke. Swimmers needed to finish in the top 12 of those events to qualify for Saturdayâ€™s races.
Alef finished the freestyle in 4 minutes, 39.36 seconds, just .54 seconds behind the last qualifier. Downers Grove Northâ€™s Burke Sims at 4:24.74 was crowned the eventâ€™s champ on Saturday.
The sophomore swam the backstroke in 52.57 seconds, .21 off the qualifying time. Jacob Jarzen of Jacksonville was the champion at 49.16 seconds.
Alef was joined by fellow Knights Shane Fergus who competed in the 50-yard Freestyle and the 100-yard breaststroke, and Kendall Renaud in the 100-yard Butterfly and 100-yard backstroke at Sectionals.