Splish, splash – Underwater picture is tradition at North


NORTH SWIMMERS (left to right) Caleb Webb, Dylan Dettloff, Logan Pond and Will Hayon (back) continue their tradition before going to state. – Photo by Trevor Grahm

Even the underwater pictures won’t be the same without Will Hayon.

The North senior recently wrapped up his fourth and final season on the boys swim team with an impressive Division 1 state meet in Waukesha.

Hayon, who will swim at Virginia Tech next season, won a state title in the 100-yard butterfly in a meet-record time of 47.14 seconds after he was runner-up last year.

Hayon also finished second at state in the 200 free in 1:37.42; last year he swam the 50 free and took third.

He was on the fourth-place 200 free relay that set a program record (1:25.84) and eighth-place 400 free relay as well.

“It’s going to be really different without him next year,” coach Deylin Steinbruecker said. “He’s been swimming with the team since he’s been in fifth grade, so he’s been part of the (program) for quite some time. So it’s not only that we’re going to miss him for his speed, but just also him in general. He’s turned out to be a great leader and is a great kid.”

Hayon holds every school and pool record at North besides diving, and three Fox River Classic Conference records feature his name, too.

That’s what taking some practice laps with the varsity as a fifth grader will do, apparently.

“He was really ahead of his time,” Steinbruecker said. “It’s not like he came and swam with us all of the time, it was just once in a while, but still … “

Don’t forget us

Junior Dylan Dettloff also swam in two individual state races, as he placed 18th in the 100 free and 19th in the 50 free.

He was also on both relay teams along with senior Logan Pond and junior Caleb Webb.

Steinbruecker has also known Pond for a long team, especially because of his older brothers.

“It was great to see him grow up, get to varsity and then get to state,” he said.

About that picture

It has become tradition for North swimmers who qualify for state to take a picture in the deep of the pool.

Someone on the team uses a GoPro to snap the shot, and this year even a lifeguard’s chair was snuck in the pool.

“It was super fun,” Pond said.

Pond has taken the picture as a freshman and sophomore, and has been in it the last two times.

“You’ve just got to blow out your air and sink,” Pond said. “You’ve only got like 10 seconds to take the picture before you’ve got to push off and go up.”

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