The Fenwick High School girls swimming team returned to the ranks of the elite after a one-year absence.

The Friars finished seventh with 55 points at the IHSA state finals hosted by New Trier on November 20-21. Fenwick earned its seventh top 10 finish in the past eight years and they did it this year without any Division I stars.

Fenwick medaled in all three relays, two of which qualified for the championship heats.

Senior Theresa Mullen anchored all three relays.

“It was awesome,” Mullen said. “I’m swimming with a bunch of great girls and it’s so fun to swim with them.”

The 200 medley relay team of sophomore Brooke West and seniors Catherine Clancy, Erin Scudder and Mullen placed sixth in 1:44.89, while the 200 free relay of senior Claire Drnek, sophomore Grace Rogowski, Catie Wallace and Mullen was seventh in 1:36.24.

The Friars capped the meet by capturing fifth place in the 400 free relay as Wallace, Scudder, West and Mullen timed 3:28.29.

Scudder was the lone individual medalist, finishing 10th in the 100 butterfly in 56.93 for a team that exceeded expectations.

“I think we did,” Mullen said. “We worked very, very hard all season.

“Fridays we had triple practices and then Saturdays we usually have a meet, so we were just working hard. And we also stayed positive, we always encouraged each other, so I think in the end that really helped.