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Lake Forest senior Peter Grumhaus (from right) senior Bogdan Balteanu senior ColRowe sophomore Daniel Smith w400-yard freestyle relay during Boys'

Lake Forest senior Peter Grumhaus (from right), senior Bogdan Balteanu, senior Colin Rowe and sophomore Daniel Smith won the 400-yard freestyle relay during the Boys' Swimming and Diving Sectional at Vernon Hills High School on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. | Ryan Pagelow~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 20, 2013 6:17AM

The Lake Forest boys swimming team emerged with the championship plaque at the Vernon Hills Sectional Saturday, totaling 263 points to squeak past second-place Libertyville (256 points) on a day when six pool records fell.

Warren (239) was not far behind in third place.

Leading the way to state-meet qualification for the Scouts was Peter Grumhaus, who finished first in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 40.61 seconds) and the 500 free (pool-record 4:35.31). The senior also helped Lake Forest’s 400 free relay (with senior Colin Rowe, sophomore Daniel Smith and senior Bogdan Balteanu) win in a pool-record 3:08.70.

Rowe also placed second in the 100 free (47.53), and helped the 200 medley relay (with Smith, Balteanu and Grumhaus) finish second in 1:35.82.

The first two finishers in each event automatically qualified for the state meet.

The boys stuck together like glue all season, and it showed today in sectionals,” Lake Forest coach Cindy Dell said.

Rowe agreed that the Scouts’ success was the result of a team effort.

“We’ve been busting our butts all season,” he said. “We unite together, and that’s what counts.”

Mundelein’s Connor Black broke two pool records, winning the 50 free in 20.43 and the 100 fly in 49.29. Libertyville’s Alex Snarski’s 50.04 in the 100 back broke a pool record previously held by Olympic gold medalist Matt Grevers. Lakes’ Kyle Aerne holds the pool record in the 100 back after winning in 56.74.

V ernon Hills Sectional

Team scores

1. Lake Forest 263 points, 2. Libertyville 256, 3. Warren 239, 4. Mundelein 161, 5. Vernon Hills 117, 6. Zion-Benton 92, 7. Waukegan 39.

Event Results

200-yard medley relay: 1. Libertyville (1:35.39), 2. Lake Forest (1:35.82).

200 freestyle: 1. Peter Grumhaus (Lake Forest) 1:40.61, 2. Matthew Conway (Warren) 1:42.65.

200 individual medley: 1. Kyle Aerne (Lakes) 1:55.52, 2. Aryton Kasemets (Mundelein) 1:56.55.

50 free: 1. Connor Black (Mundelein) 20.43, 2. Matt Harington (Libertyville) 21.28.

Diving: 1. Alex Zuniga (Vernon Hills) 470.80, 2: Andrew Marsh (Lake Forest) 453.80.

100 butterfly: 1. Connor Black (Mundelein) 49.29, 2. Matt Harrington (Libertyville) 49.48.

100 free: 1. Brenden Bolman (Grayslake North) 47.19, 2. Colin Rowe (Lake Forest) 47.53.

500 free: 1. Peter Grumhaus (Lake Forest) 4:35.31.

200 free relay: 1. Libertyville (1:26.94).

100 back: 1. Alex Snarski (Libertyville) 50.04, 2. Brendan Bolman (Grayslake North) 51.35).

100 breast: 1. Kyle Aerne (Lakes) 56.74, 2. Aryton Kasemets (Mundelein) 59.15.

400 free relay: 1. Lake Forest (3:08.70), 2. Libertyville (3:09.06).

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