Kaneland swimmer Alef makes great showing at State

Last week, Kaneland High School junior Grant Alef mentioned he hoped to see his name and picture adorn the school’s wall of State finalists.

This past weekend at Evanston High School, the lone representative of Kaneland put his hope into action.

Becoming the first KHS swimmer to ever medal in swimming events, Alef made it to the consolation final in both the 500-yard freestyle event in which he finished ninth overall and the 100-yard backstroke consolation final and finished eighth.

Alef finished at 4 minutes, 40.78 seconds in the freestyle after swimming 4:39.81 on Friday. He put in a Saturday effort of :52.73 in the backstroke after swimming :52.65 on Friday.

In 1980, Kaneland’s Jim Watson won the State Diving title.

Photo: Maple Park’s own Grant Alef shows off the hardware from this weekend’s IHSA State swimming and diving meet at Evanston High School. Courtesy photo