Girls State Swimming: Lockport’s Amanda Moran in championship heats in 100-yard backstroke
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media November 22, 2013 9:00PM
IHSA Girls Swimming State Prelims at New Trier High School in Winnetka. | Mark Ukena~For Sun-Times Media
Girls State Swimming
Friday’s results for Southland swimmers. (Top six advance to championship heats, next six to consolation heats.)
200-Yard Medley Relay
Lincoln-Way East, DNQ, 27th (1:49.66); Stagg, DNQ, 28th (1:49.74); Lockport, DNQ, 34th (1:51.19); Sandburg, DNQ, 36th (1:51.34); Lincoln-Way North, DNQ, 37th (1:51.84).
Kim Bernhard, Lincoln-Way Central, DNQ, 25th (1:54.49); Caitlin Krull, Sandburg, DNQ, 32nd (1:55.01); Michaela Mitchell, Lincoln-Way East, DNQ, 39th (1:58.71).
200-Yard Individual Medley
Kendall Hermann, Lincoln-Way East, DNQ, 16th (2:09.05); Abby Kresal, Marian Catholic, DNQ, 22nd (2:10.59); Elyse Pratl, Lincoln-Way North, DNQ, 24th (2:11.09); Fiona McDermott, Lincoln-Way East, DNQ, 27th (2:11.41).
Clare Lawlor, Sandburg, seventh (:23.78); Hannah Schultz, Tinley Park, DNQ, 13th (:24.08); Genevieve McCarthy, Andrew, DNQ, 38th (:24.59); Susanna Reese, Homewood-Flossmoor, DNQ, 48th (:24.89); Megan Vallance, Stagg, DNQ, 52nd (:25.01).
Emma Ruchala, Andrew, sixth (283 points); Anna Girlich, Sandburg, DNQ, 18th (162.50); Carolyn Dietz, Lockport, DNQ, 22nd (156.90); Rachel Criscione, Lincoln-Way East, DNQ, 30th (148.85); Katy Knight, Lockport, DNQ, 37th (138.05); Elle Mannix, Stagg, DNQ, 43rd (130.35).
Kendall Hermann, Lincoln-Way East, DNQ, 19th (:57.84); Hannah Schultz, Tinley Park, DNQ, 23rd (:58.10); Amanda Moran, Lockport, DNQ, 28th (:58.22); Alex Woehlert, Lincoln-Way North, DNQ, 41st (:59.24); Annette Lesnicki, Lemont, DNQ, 42nd (:59.29); Maria Papes, Providence, DNQ, 46th (1:00.29).
Clare Lawlor, Sandburg, 8th (:51.86); Morgan Parkinson, Lincoln-Way North, DQ.
Adrienne DiFoggio, Stagg, DNQ, 21st (5:08.83); Caitlin Krull, Sandburg, DNQ, 30th (5:12.45); Fiona McDermott, Lincoln-Way East, 31st (5:12.95).
200-Yard Freestyle Relay
Stagg, DNQ, 25th (1:38.97); Tinley Park, DNQ, 37th (1:40.78); Andrew, DNQ, 39th (1:41.23).
Amanda Moran, Lockport, sixth (:56.76); Michaela Mitchell, Lincoln-Way East, DNQ, 51st (1:00.17); Cassidy DeGraff, Lincoln-Way North, DNQ, 55th (1:00.64).
Sophia Shalabi, Stagg, DNQ, 15th (1:05.71); Caily Friel, Andrew, DNQ, 25th (1:06.11); Allison Goldsmith, Lincoln-Way East, DNQ, 29th (1:06.71); Morgan Parkinson, Lincoln-Way North, DNQ, 31st (1:06.87); Abby Kresal, Marian Catholic, DNQ, 38th (1:07.21); Devin Apps, Sandburg, DNQ, 43rd (1:07.56); Samyah Isa, Stagg, DNQ, 49th (1:08.23) 400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Sandburg, DNQ, 14th (3:34.44); Lincoln-Way East, DNQ, 30th (3:40.38).
Updated: November 23, 2013 4:53PM
In tying for seventh at the state meet last year in the 100-yard backstroke, Lockport’s Amanda Moran missed advancing to the championship heat by one spot and .24 seconds.
She made sure there was no repeat performance Friday.
Moran swam the 100-yard backstroke in 56.76 seconds, good for sixth place in the event at the state meet at New Trier.
“Getting seventh last year, tying for seventh, that was really disappointing,” the senior said. “I could have been in that championship heat. I could have raced those girls. It was definitely a goal this year to get top six.”
The top six competitors in the preliminaries qualified for Saturday’s championship heat, with the next six finishers advancing to the consolation heat.
Racing in the seventh of eight heats in the backstroke Friday, Moran had plenty of time to watch other low times come in. She reminded herself this was nothing new.
“It was pretty nerve-racking, so I kept telling myself, ‘Just chill. Do what I do all the time and just swim,’ ” Moran said. “I wasn’t happy with my sectional backstroke time, so I was expecting a (time) drop.”
Joining Moran at Saturday’s finals will be Sandburg’s Clare Lawlor, who followed her impressive sectional performance with a far more impressive preliminary showing.
Seeded 32nd of 56 competitors in the 50 freestyle and 43rd of 47th in the 100 free, Lawlor, a sophomore, had her work cut out for her.
Lawlor finished seventh in the 50 free (23.78 seconds) and eighth in the 100 free (51.86 seconds), qualifying for the consolation heat in each event.
“I wasn’t expecting that big a time drop,” Lawlor said with a smile after the 50 free. “I was expecting to make finals, do anything I can to get there.”
With the pre-tapered sectional time seeding her so low, Lawlor said she took advantage of swimming in the outer lanes.
“I liked it better,” Lawlor said. “I got race in the outside, and it’s less pressure so you’re ready to go. It’s not ‘Oh, my God, these people are so fast.’ It’s ‘I can go, I can be the fast one.’ ”
Also advancing to Saturday’s finals was Andrew diver Emma Ruchala. The freshman had 283 points at Friday’s preliminaries.
Tinley Park’s Hannah Schultz missed out on advancing in the 50 free by two hundredths of a second, finishing 13th (24.08).