CHS’s Josh Hoh

Charleston’s Josh Hoh captured the 100 free in the Champaign sectional on Saturday, winning the event by 1.32 seconds to earn a trip to the IHSA Swimming and Diving championships set for next weekend in Evanston.

There are no classes for this state championship.

Hoh is the first Trojan male swimmer to qualify for state since Steve Boone, who took 13th in the 100 breaststroke in 1977. Boone later earned All-American status as a swimmer for Eastern.

Charleston took third, its highest finish ever as a team in a sectional meet where it set school records in the 100 free, 50 free, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay. The Trojans tallied 121 points, more than 16 other teams that competed at Champaign Centennial High. Champaign Central won the team title with 269 points, edging Centennial by 16 points and sending four individuals and two relay teams to state. Urbana qualified five individuals and Centennial sent one relay and one individual.

Hoh took off on a torrid pace to earn his state berth in the 100, clocking in at 23.32 seconds for the opening 50 yards, .58 seconds ahead of runner-up Collin Jung of Uni-High. Hoh extended the lead during the final 50 yards for the win in 48.94 seconds, nearly a full second better than Gabe Oetting’s 2015 mark.

Hoh also finished fourth in the 50 free, his 22.63 time just 13 seconds behind champion Ryan Wierscham of Central and .27 better than Adam Gann’s school mark of 22.9 set in 2011.

Hoh competed in both record-setting Trojans relays. He swam the opening leg in a medley relay that included junior Aly Abou-Zaid, sophomore Nolan O’Neal and sophomore Zach Stout to finish in 1 minute, 49.83 seconds, which was 5.56 seconds behind runner-up Champaign Central and more than 2 seconds faster than the mark this squad set earlier this season.

Hoh posted a 22.87-second opening 50-yard leg for the 200 free relay that finished fourth in 1:38.59, 2.94 seconds better than the standard this squad set earlier this season. Hoh’s time in the first leg also eclipsed Gann’s school mark. Stout took over on the second leg, followed by Abou-Zaid and O’Neal.

O’Neal also took fourth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:04.74 and sixth in the 200 individual medley in 2:17.3.


1Champaign (Central)269
2Champaign (Centennial)253
4Mahomet (M.-Seymour)95
5Danville (H.S.)89
6Urbana (H.S.)88
7Urbana (University)86
12Mt. Carmel29
14Effingham (St. Anthony)22
15Olney (Richland County)19