Updated: October 27, 2013 10:44PM
De La Salle senior Khalia Powell played in seven matches in three days en route to a top 12 finish in the state meet.
Two of those were three-set wars on Friday.
By the time she bowed out in the consolation quarterfinals, she was worn out, according to her coach.
“She was tired on Saturday after three matches on Thursday and three on Friday,” Meteors coach Rolando Danzine said. “The state needs to do something about this. Maybe they should play the state tournament on two weekends.”
Homewood-Flossmoor coach Don Baron’s doubles team of Timara Maxwell-Sophia Osabuohien played six matches en route to a top 12 finish and he said he has his players conditioned for such a situation.
“It is what it is and I want my players physically ready for something like this,” he said. “It takes a little out of the purity of the game. Even the pros don’t have to go through this.”
Tinley Park, which is aiming to qualify a relay team for the state meet for the time in program history, is going all out, according to coach Lucy Witkowski.
With a small team, just 21 swimmers, the Titans have banded together.
“All the girls are working extra hard, and they want to practice harder,” Witkowski said. “They are pushing harder. It’s the other things too, working with weights, running. They are putting the extra time in.”
Tinley Park will compete Friday at the South Suburban Blue meet and Nov. 16 in the Lincoln-Way North Sectional. The Titans will try to defend their back-to-back conference titles.
Hannah Schultz, a three-time state qualifier, along with Leah Wood, Kristen Davies and Melissa Barrios, all have performed well this season, according to Witkowski.
“Conference is always a team goal for us,” Witkowski said. “The sectional, we’re always underdogs. I think the girls were a little overwhelmed the past couple of years, but we’re trying, really pushing for that (state-qualifying) relay.”
Expectations never have been higher at Providence, and so far, the Celtics have delivered, winning 15 of their first 18 games of the season.
“It’s been good,” Providence coach Nick Iaciancio said. “The guys have been pretty focused. Everyone is playing well.”
The Celtics’ two setbacks have come to perennial powers New Trier Green and Loyola Gold. The Celtics also forged a tie with Benet. Other than that, Providence has found its way down victory lane 15 times, including wins over Glenbrook North twice and Naperville North.
Offensively, Rich Yusa, Tim Brandau, Mike Vennetti, Dan Ricker and Matt Iaciancio, one of the coach’s two sons on the team, have starred.
Son No. 2, Ryan Iaciancio, along with Justin Salazar, have been stellar sharing goaltending duties.
“Both of them have a goals-against below 1.40,” Nick Iaciancio said. “Justin’s had an upper-body injury, but he’s feeling better. They’re doing a very good job.”
The Celtics never have finished on top of the Catholic League standings or won the Kennedy Cup. They’re hoping that will change this season.
“It’s the Kennedy Cup or nothing,” Nick Iaciancio said.