Arrowhead's boys swim team is getting better with each meet. That trend was never more evident than it was last week.
The Warhawks took part in two events and came away victorious in both. On Dec. 5, they defeated Brookfield by a 101-85 score. Brookfield finished third at the WIAA state meet one year ago.
Two days later, Arrowhead traveled to Illinois and captured the championship at the Evanston Invite. The meet is scored by total time, and the Warhawks edged powerhouse Stevenson by less than one second. A total of 18 schools took part in the meet. New Trier had won the previous eight meet titles.
Arrowhead has a big history in that meet, winning championships in 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2004 and 2005. It's the same meet that AHS coach Kevin Ewald won as a swimmer as a member of the Warhawks. His brother, Eric, also won a championship in Evanston as a Warhawk.
"It was a memorable day for my career as a coach," Ewald said. "Plus it also was a big day for our team. We look forward to the final 40 days of the season and will take advantage of every opportunity we have to be the best."
At Evanston, the Warhawks won two events. Lucas Farrar took first place in the 100-yard freestyle, and the 200 freestyle relay team of Farrar, Tiger Fan, Devin Post and Nicholas Woida also won.
Arrowhead collected several second place finishes at the meet. Farrar was second in the 50 freestyle, and Andrew Nixdorf took second in the 100 backstroke. Nixdorf also placed third in the 100 butterfly. Tyler Wrasman took third in the 100 backstroke.
AHS grabbed two thirds in relay races. The 200 medley relay team of Wrasman, Post, Nixdorf and Fan took third, as did the 400 freestyle relay of Farrar, Fan, Nixdorf and Cody Clauer.
"All in all, it was an amazing day of competition," Ewald said. "We truly believe that by going to the Evanston meet and competing with all of those good teams, we can hang with anyone in Wisconsin. The team believed they could win it, they stuck together, supported each other and persevered. It was a collective effort down to the final swim."