Girls Swimming: Sandburg wins 10th straight sectional
By Tim O’Brien For Sun-Times Media November 10, 2012 11:06PM
Lockport's Michelle Johnson stays close to the lead on her way to a second-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle Saturday in the Sandburg Sectional. | Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: January 10, 2013 1:46AM
The goal remains the same for the Sandburg Eagles each year; qualify as many swimmers and relays as possible for the state meet.
But that doesn’t mean the Eagles are looking past the sectional round.
Hosting its own sectional Saturday, Sandburg cruised to its 10th straight sectional title, outdistancing second-place Lockport 309-270.
“We take pride in team championships, and you can’t do it without the team aspect,” Sandburg coach Jane Caliendo said. “Every swim counts no matter the heat you’re in. Everyone is looking to score. We focus on the championship and everyone comes away feeling good.”
Sandburg won five individual races and advanced all three of its relays. All first-place finishers advance to next week’s state meet at Evanston High School along with any swimmer finishing under a state-qualifying cut.
Senior Brittany Kamper won the 100-yard backstroke in a Sandburg varsity record of 58.13 seconds. It was one of five varsity or pool marks she was part of on the day.
“(Setting the records) was unexpected, and I’m really tired,” Kamper said with a smile. “It’s crazy and exciting because I didn’t do as well as I wanted to last year. It makes me feel good about my performance.”
Kamper also set a pool record with her opening leg in the 400 free relay, and a school mark with her opening leg in the 200 free relay. The 200 free relay (1:37.61) and 200 medley relay (1:48.13) teams each set school marks.
Also winning for the Eagles were Caitlin Krull in the 200 (1:52.92) and 500 (5:04.03) free, Kim Katner in the 200 individual medley (2:10.53), and Clare Lawlor in the 50 free (24.12).
For second-place Lockport, Amanda Moran advanced to state with her third-place finish in the backstroke (59.22).
Freshman Caily Friel won the 100 breaststroke (1:06.68) for Andrew, which was third with 202 points.
Lincoln-Way West (4th, 153) was led by senior Emily Gallagher, who won the 100 free (53.80) and advanced with her second-place finish in the breaststroke (1:07.01).
“Not to be cocky, but I felt like I swam awesome,” Gallagher said. “I cut time, and I made it to state so that was my goal.”
West diver Alexis Skiniotes finished first, piling up 401.65 points. Sandburg’s Anna Girlich (2nd, 380.20), Lockport’s Carolyn Dietz (3rd, 373.70) and Katy Knight (4th, 369.75), and Shepard’s Bridget Zeman (5th, 355.25) can all advance with at-large bids.
Maria Papes won the 100 butterfly (1:01.39) for Providence (9th, 34.5).
Lemont (5th, 102), Shepard (7th, 83), Marist (10th, 32), Oak Forest (11th, 27) and Eisenhower (13th, 17.5) rounded out the team scores.
Lincoln-Way East Sectional: Taylor Jach won the 200 free (1:53.29) and 500 free (5:05.52) for East. Also advancing for the Griffins was Brittany Felice in the 500 free (2nd, 5:10.83), Allison Goldsmith in the 100 breaststroke (4th, 1:08.15), and the 200 (1st, 1:38.70) and 400 (2nd, 3:35.83) free relays. Cheyenne DeGraff led Lincoln-Way North with wins in the 200 IM (2:06.57) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.56). Also advancing for the Phoenix were the 200 medley relay (1st, 1:50.27), Elyse Pratl in the 200 IM (3rd, 2:11.05), Morgan Parkinson in the 100 breaststroke (3rd, 1:07.11), and the 400 free relay (1st, 3:34.69). Lincoln-Way Central was led by Kim Bernhard in the 100 backstroke (1st, 51.87). Tinley Park’s Hannah Schultz won the 50 free (23.86) and 100 butterfly (57.21). Marian Catholic’s Abby Kresal finished second in the 200 IM (2:09.15) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.72). Marian’s Paige Weiser won the 100 free (54.56). Morgan Park Academy diver Rebecca Kramer finished first (360.50).
Downers Grove South Sectional: Stagg’s Sophia Shalabi advanced in the 100 breaststroke (1st, 106.68) and 50 free (2nd, 24:62). Chargers diver Allie Valance finished fourth (429.25) and could advance with an at-large bid. Mother McAuley diver Meghan Dragel (441.90 points) finished second and should advance as an at-large.
St. Laurence 1,888, Loyola 1,530: Mike Rispoli had games of 234 and 241 to lead the Vikings.
St. Xavier 90, Olivet Nazarene 79: The 14th-ranked Cougars broke into the win column after two losses by topping Olivet in Chicagoland Collegiate Conference action in Chicago. Homewood-Flossmoor alum Dominique Harvey led SXU (1-2, 1-1) with 25 points.
Rend Lake 76, South Suburban 68: The Bulldogs (2-1) fell despite 14 points from Anthony Strickland and 10 points and eight rebounds from Kadeem Thornton.
Olivet Nazarene 100, St. Xavier 88: No. 6 St. Xavier dropped its home opener to No. 13 Olivet. Suzie Broski led the Cougars with 24 points, while Lincoln-Way East alum Caitlin McMahon had a game-high 12 rebounds.