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Waubonsie Valley athletic director Mike Rogowski confirmed to The Heat Index on Tuesday that Luke Payette has been hired as boys swimming coach.

Payette, the former girls water polo coach at Neuqua Valley, spent the past three years as the head women's water polo coach at Carthage College.

He replaces Chad Ganden as the Warriors boys swimming coach. Ganden resigned in May to take a teaching job in Joliet.

With the Naperville Parks District Swim Conference age 15-18 City Championships in the books, Olympic Trials swimmer Kelly McNichols remains the only swimmer with multiple city records.

The Naperville Central grad and Georgia junior has the girls records for the 100-yard freestyle, the 100 individual medley, the 50 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke. She owns four of the six records.

None of her standards were even remotely challenged on Friday night.

The last three IHSA state finals this particular part of The Heat Index has covered have gone like this:

Boys swimming: Neuqua Valley wins state title.

Water polo: Naperville Central boys finish as runner up.

Boys volleyball: Neuqua Valley finishes third.

So basically fourth place is as good as the next team I see can hope to achieve. Teams would be much better off with a Paul LaTour or a Brad Engel. Their mojo seems intact.

Chad Ganden will not be back next season as the boys swimming coach at Waubonsie Valley, The Heat Index has learned.

Whether or not Ganden will remain as the boys water polo coach has yet to be decided. The Warriors lost to Naperville Central on Friday night in the semifinals of the Neuqua Valley Sectional.

Email queries sent to Waubonsie athletic director Mike Rogowski have not been replied to as of this posting.

Waubonsie's boys swimming head coach position was posted on the job board on the District 204 website on Thursday. Ganden told The Heat Index that he has accepted a teaching position at a Joliet elementary school.

"I needed a teaching job," Ganden said. "There weren't any available at Waubonsie."

He said he can't teach in Joliet and coach the Warriors because Waubonsie's afternoon practice starts before his new school's last bell.

"I became a teacher so I could coach," Ganden said. "But if I can't teach, I cant coach."

Naperville North all-state swimmer Jackson Hill told The Sun on Saturday that he signed a national letter of intent to swim at Boston University.

As The Heat Index reported in March, Hill also made visits to Purdue and Michigan State.

Hill said he signed the letter of intent on Wednesday, which was the start of the regular signing period for swimming and diving. Since he put the letter in the mail, BU coach Bill Smyth has not yet received it and could not comment per NCAA rules when reached by email on Saturday.

By Sean Fuchs

Both were runners-up at the swimming and diving state championships last month in Evanston. Both have a decision to make about if they want to continue their athletic careers and where that might happen.

Naperville North's Jackson Hill might end up at Purdue, Boston University or Michigan State.

Neuqua Valley's Chris Murray could end up at Indiana or Southern Illinois.

By Sean Fuchs

If you were at the boys swimming state finals on Feb. 22, you might be in Sports Illustrated.

By Sean Fuchs

Neuqua Valley swimming star Brian Alden told the Heat Index on Monday night that he will play water polo this spring.

Join us in offering congrats to the Neuqua boys swimming and diving for winning its first team state title!

By Sean Fuchs

EVANSTON -- The Wildcats secured their first ever team state championship on Saturday afternoon with a first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay.

By Sean Fuchs

EVANSTON -- Neuqua Valley senior Brian Alden won the 100-yard freestyle at the IHSA boys swimming and diving championships, giving him three state titles in a row. Earlier this afternoon, Alden claimed a three-peat in the 50 freestyle.



Brad Engel

Brad Engel is the longest-tenured member of The Sun sports staff and has won several national and state awards in his coverage of preps as well as the Chicago Bears, Chicago Fire and general sports.

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Patrick Mooney covered politics, prep sports and professional baseball for several print and online media outlets before joining The Sun in August 2007. He concentrates on prep sports, writing features, profiles and breaking recruiting news.

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