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Lake Forest's Bogdan Balteanu 200 individual medley. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

Lake Forest's Bogdan Balteanu in the 200 individual medley. | Michael Schmidt~Sun-Times Media

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Team Scores — 1) Lake Forest 286; 2) Stevenson 283; 3) Libertyville 241; 4) Warren 207; 5) Mundelein 135; 6) Zion-Benton 77; 7) Vernon Hills 76.

Diving — 1) Jams Lichtenstein (St) 411.4; 2) Andrew Marsh (LF) 355.9.

200 medley relay — 1) Lake Forest (Daniel Smith, Peter Grumhaus, Bogdan Balteanu, Colin Rowe), 1:36.4; 2) Libertyville, 1:36.82.

200 freestyle — 1) Peter Grumhaus (LF) 1:41.13; 2) Colin Rowe (LF) 1:43.33.

200 ind. medley — 1) Matt Conway (War) 1:57.01; 2) Matt Harrington (Lib) 1:57.3.

50 freestyle — 1) Connor Black (Mund) 20.66; 2) Garrett Zenner (War) 22.68.

100 butterfly — 1) Connor Black (Mund) 48.76; 2) Matt Harrington (Lib) 49.92.

100 freestyle — 1) Colin Rowe (LF) 47.29; 2) Justin Fu (Lib) 49.3.

500 freestyle — 1) Peter Grumhaus (LF) 4:34.21; 2) Nick Koto (Stev) 4:50.21.

200 freestyle relay — 1) Libertyville (Justin Fu, Eric Boynton, Attisuc Rush, Bobby Snader), 1:29.63; 2) Warren, 1:29.98.

100 backstroke — 1) Alex Snarski (Lib) 51.01; 2) Daniel Smith (LF) 53.22.

100 breaststroke — 1) Bogdan Balteanu (LF) 59.31; 2) Ayrton Kasemets (Mund) 1:00.24.

400 freestyle relay — 1) Lake Forest (Colin Rowe, Daniel Smith, Bogdan Balteanu, Peter Grunhaus), 3:10.35; 2) Libertyville, 3:11.83.


Since Stevenson won the dual-meet portion of the season and Lake Forest won the big meet, the two are co-champs for the 2012-2013 season.

Peter Grumhaus reeled in Libertyville’s Justin Fu in the final leg of the 400 free relay to win the race and secure the team championship for the Scouts.

Scouts coach Cindy Dell on her team’s 1-5-6 finish in the breaststroke: “For Cole Mitchell to place fifth out of the third heat, and for Rasmus to fight so incredibly hard to get sixth, and for Bogdan to win that breaststroke, it’s wonderful. Those boys fought so incredibly hard. They knew what they had to do. Week in and week ou,t these boys have never stopped fighting. They never give up. It’s been an incredible season.”

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Updated: March 12, 2013 6:23AM

Every once in a while, something will happen in the stopwatch sports to remind us all that it’s not always about the tick-tock of the clock.

Sometimes, it’s about the tick-tock of the heart.

One of those times came late in Saturday’s North Suburban Conference boys swim meet at Lake Forest.

With the home team looking up at Stevenson and just two events to go, Bogdan Balteanu climbed up on the starting blocks to represent Lake Forest in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Based on what the stopwatch had shown all season, Balteanu looked like a solid pick to finish third in the race.

And that, along with the expected results in the final event — a win by Lake Forest and a fourth-place finish by Stevenson in the 400 freestyle relay — would give the Patriots the team victory in the meet by a single point.

And sure enough, Lake Forest and Stevenson did finish 1-4 in the final relay.

But the script for this meet had already been flipped by Balteanu who swam the race of his life to win the breaststrokeand earn 16 team points.

If he’d finished third, as was expected, he would have earned Lake Forest four fewer team points — 12.

And Lake Forest won the meet by three — 286-283.

“I had idea of where we were at (behind 24 points) heading into the breaststroke, but we really believed we could pull it out,” said Balteanu who also was on two winning relay teams. “We all dug deep and made it happen.

“It wasn’t just that race though, it was a team effort. In these meets, it’s about more than just winning the races. You have to have the seconds, thirds, fourths, and so on too.

“If you don’t have those guys , it’s not going to add up at the end.”

Balteanu also swam on two winning relay teams and took third in the individual medley.

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