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PREP BOYS SWIMMING: Faulkner set to compete at State

Feb. 22—WESTMONT — Danville's Alexander Faulkner has made the most of his final races.

The senior took first place in the 100-yard freestyle (47.89) in an IHSA sectional last week to qualify for this week's state meet at the FMC Natatorium in Westmont.

"The first year of my coaching was his freshman year and he's been building up to the final event," Danville coach Andy Hosch said. "He finally did it in his final event in his final year, so it is exciting to get there and I know he is excited."

Faulkner will also have a chance to make school history as he tries for the school record in the event.

"He is 6/10's of a second away, so it is possible and I am excited," Hosch said. "The 100 freestyle school record is a 46-year record that he is close to breaking and that is a goal as well. The 100 is an exciting, fast-paced race and for a record to hold up for that long and him close to breaking it is exciting."

But Faulkner will have to do that against the best of the best in the state starting with prelims on Friday.

"It can be intimating," Hosch said. "There are 91 teams and with this type of talent, it can be challenging, but I feel that you have a shot because a bad turn, you are there with the top guys. You have to show up to have a shot to win, but with 91 teams, there is a lot of good competition."

Faulkner's hard work has gotten him to this point and Hosch said that he can make the most of it on Friday.

"I am proud of Alex and how hard he has worked the last four years and it is exciting for someone from Danville to get to the suburbs and the big pool and show what he's got."