Fenwick swimming phenom Casey Dollard is fitting right in at the high school level. The freshman steered the Friars to their own sectional championship on Saturday by winning two events and helping out in two relay victories.
In all, Fenwick won 9 of the 11 events to win the sectional with a score of 334. Riverside Brookfield rounded out second with a score of 262, while Oak Park-River Forest took third with a 224.
Dollard’s busy but successful day began by swimming the first leg of the 200-yard medley relay. Dollard, Meghan Barron, Erin Leary and Alison Pavlik raced home to a first-place finish in 1:52.39. Dollard then outpaced fellow Fenwick freshman Kelly Ryan (2:15.26) to win the 200-yard individual medley, timing out at 2:11. 88.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Sylvia Knap, Dollard, Stephanie Ovalle, and Barron took first with a time of 1:38.91. Dollard closed out the day by winning the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:00.27.
Other notable finishes for the Friars included Knap winning the 50-yard freestyle in 24.05 seconds, and also leading the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Pavlik, Kaitlin Brown, and Ovalle to first place with a time of 3:36.141. Leary won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:01.45, while Barron won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:07.08.
The swimmers advance to the IHSA State Meet to be held at Evanston Township High School beginning on Friday. Fenwick diver Mary Kate Campbell will also be a part of that group. The freshman won the diving event with 385.10 points.
Bulldogs to swim at state
The RB swim team advanced two swimmers and a relay team to the IHSA State Meet. Meghan St. John won the 200-yard freestyle at the Fenwick Sectional on Saturday with a time of 1:56.71. Senior Natalie Pike finished second in both the 100-yard freestyle (:53.44) and the 50-yard freestyle (:24.52). The 400-freestyle relay team of Natalie Benoy, Sara Martinek, Katherine Pike and Natalie Pike too second with a time of 3:39.36.
LT sends two sophomores
Lyons Township sophomores Sarah Norris and Megan Kono earned the opportunity to swim at the IHSA State Meet by having favorable swims at Saturday’s Hinsdale South Sectional.
Norris placed second in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 59.79 seconds, while Kono qualified with a sixth place finish in the 500-yard freestyle (5:12.60).