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E.C. Alliance swimmer DeLakis pushed to excel by teammate Manz

Eau Claire Alliance swimmer Alex DeLakis will attempt to become only the third athlete in state history to win four straight titles in a single event this Saturday at the WIAA state tournament in Madison. DeLakis has won three straight crowns in the 100-yard breaststroke. Alex has also won back-to-back titles in the 200 individual medley, but will face some stiff competition from teammate Trevor Manz who beat DeLakis at last week's sectional. Both swimmers agree their friendly rivalry only makes each other better.
Trevor Manz says, "I would say that we both know how each other swims the race definitely, and he probably knows my weaknesses and I know where he is weak in the events, but know we both trained all season next to each other and we are both as strong as each other it should be an interesting one to watch at state."
DeLakis echoes that sentiment, "We've been swimming together eight years now I think, it's been fun to train with him, we've been going to the same meets forever and so it will just be another fun meet to add to our list that we've had together."
Eau Claire coach Dylan Leonards says it's great that his two swimmers push each other to excel, "And their fighting for it, and then they know they're not just racing against the clock, they have each other, if one's going at it, the other is like 'oh man I better get going or I'm going to get burnt and then in the next event, it's like the same thing, oh my that guy is getting away from me, Alex is getting away from me, Trevor is getting away from me, I have to get after them, so I can do well, so it's really good to have that competiton."


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