Boys Swimming: Mundelein’s Wiener to continue career at Lewis University
Mundelein's Bryan Wiener will swim next season at Lewis University. | Brian O'Mahoney~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 28, 2012 8:07AM
It still amazes Mundelein High School boys swimming coach Rahul Sethna.
More than three years ago, a raw freshman showed up on the school’s pool deck. But the kid, Bryan Wiener, was into on-deck circles back then and had never taken a swim lesson.
“He wanted to swim to get in shape for baseball,” Sethna recalled.
Wiener, now a Mundelein senior, flourished in the water. So much so that he’s committed to swim for NCAA Division II Lewis University in Romeoville. Wiener touched third in the 100-yard backstroke (50.31) and seventh in the 50 free (21.4) at his final IHSA state meet in February, when the Mustangs placed sixth and finished only nine points shy of capturing a third-place trophy.
Wiener also swam on Mundelein’s State runner-up 200 medley relay (1:33.97).
As a junior, he swam a leg of the fifth-place 200 free relay (1:25.1), and a leg of the eighth-place 200 medley relay (1:36.11).
“He’s one of the top swimmers in school history,” Sethna said. “I am proud to have coached Bryan.”
Wiener still plays baseball; he’s a starting pitcher for the 18-3 Mustangs.
Wiener also considered swimming at Tampa, UW-Milwaukee, Eastern Michigan and Iowa.
“When I visited Lewis, it felt like home to me,” said Wiener, who will continue to train as a Mundelein Mustang Swim Club member. “The coaches and the swimmers were all cool to me. They all made me feel very comfortable.”