Girls Swimming: Lockport breaks Sandburg’s hold on sectional titles
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media November 16, 2013 8:50PM
Lockport's Carly Breitbarth | Jim Karczewski/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: December 18, 2013 6:46AM
Lockport swim coach Grant Ferkaluk didn’t need to be pushed into the pool Saturday to celebrate.
He was the one leading the charge, his team trailing behind him.
Breaking Sandburg’s streak of 10 straight sectional titles, host Lockport edged the Eagles, winning 286-280 for the first sectional title in school history.
“It’s been a long time coming, and this was one of those epic battles,” Ferkaluk said. “We lost by a point two years ago, took some hits last year, and we knew what we needed to do. Absolute team effort, and the girls that needed to step up did.”
All race winners and anyone finishing under a state-cut qualifying time advanced to next week’s state meet at New Trier High School.
Senior Amanda Moran paced the Porters, winning the 100-yard butterfly (57.25 seconds, varsity/pool record) and the 100 backstroke (57.14, pool record).
“It’s a great day to be a Porter,” Moran said with a smile. “It took so much, and it was more than motivation, just getting the girls to have the right mind-set. It was the last time I’ll have a meet in this pool, and it feels great to do awesome, for the team to do awesome.”
The 200 medley relay (1:49.32) was Lockport’s lone other winner, breaking a varsity record set in 2011.
Sandburg came up short for the title but still had a successful day, qualifying two relays, a diver and six individual swimmers.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with how we swam,” Sandburg coach Jane Caliendo said. “It’s been a great 10-year run, and we made Lockport scratch and claw for it. (As rivals), we bring out the best in each other.”
Winners for the Eagles were Clare Lawlor in the 50 freestyle (24.34) and 100 freestyle (53.58) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:35.90). Also advancing were Caitlin Krull in the 200 freestyle (2nd, 1:55.12) and 500 freestyle (2nd, 5:09.47) and Devin Apps in the 100 breaststroke (2nd, 1:06.91).
“The time in the 100 was my best ever, and I’m too crazy not to advance,” Lawlor said. “I’m proud of myself, and know I left room for improvement.”
Third-place Andrew (224 points) was led by Caily Friel in the 100 breaststroke (1st, 1:05.37, pool record), the 200 freestyle relay (1st, 1:39.51), diver Emma Ruchala (1st, 445.05 points) and Genevieve McCarthy in the 50 freestyle (2nd, 24.56).
Joliet Catholic’s Savannah Rubocki became the first girls swimmer in program history to qualify for state, winning the 200 IM (2:09.84) and the 500 freestyle (5:07.62).
Also advancing to state were Providence’s Maria Papes (2nd, 58.68) in the 100 butterfly and Lincoln-Way Central’s Kim Bernhard (1st, 1:53.67) in the 200 freestyle.