The Fenwick girls swim team showed the rest of Illinois what it’s made of at the IHSA State Meet held at Evanston High School on Saturday, but New Trier had the edge.
The Friars placed second overall for the second consecutive year with 157 points, while the Trevians took first with 166 points – despite not securing a first-place finish in any individual event – to win their third straight state title.
The Friars placed first overall in the 200-yard medley relay, setting a new state record time of 1:41.87. The relay team of freshman Kierston Farley-Sepe, juniors Mimi Schneider and Colleen Barron, and senior Haley Wickham also placed second in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:33.46, as they kept things close but got edged by Glenbrook South. Fenwick’s junior Paulina Kaminski, along with Farley-Sepe, Wickham and Schneider, placed second in the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:25.25).
“Our team really did all that we could this season,” said Wickham, who will be swimming for Northwestern University next year. “I know we came up short but we’re still very grateful for an awesome season and I know that they’ll do great next year, too.”
Individually, senior Mary Kate Callahan placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke for athletes with disabilities (2:35.90). Callahan placed third in the 200-yard freestyle (4:05.17), 50-yard freestyle (57.08), and 100-yard freestyle (1:59.52) for athletes with disabilities.
“I was really excited; it’s been a long journey,” Callahan said. “Being a senior, I’m really glad to be able to experience (swimming in a state championship). It’s something close to my heart.”
The Friars were well represented in the individual events of Saturday’s finals. Kaminski took 11th in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.57) and third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.53), while Wickham placed fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:03.13). Schneider placed second in the 100-yard butterfly (54.36), with Farley-Sepe taking third (55.17). Farley-Sepe also placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke (56.67).
Although they fell just short of winning the state championship, the Friars still showed how their hard work throughout the season paid off, especially after dominating in their own sectional one week prior.
“Of all four years, this is the hardest team I’ve been on for training,” said Wickham. “This team works the hardest and is the closest.”