The Evanston girls swim team finished off the year on a positive note, taking sixth in the State finals hosted by Evanston Township High School on Nov. 21 and 22. The Kits were well-represented at the finals with 11 swimmers competing in either the preliminaries or the final rounds for a title. Going into the State meet, the Kits were confident in their abilities and even hoped to come away with a State title.
“Bringing home a championship would definitely mean a lot. As a team, we’re all close and we’ve worked really hard together and it’s something that we’ve all worked for,” said Jane Munro. “On a personal level, it would mean so much to me. A lot of my teammates said they would cry if I won and I definitely want to do it for the school. Last year, I didn’t have a very good 100-yard back stroke and this would definitely make up for it.”
In the State Sectional round at New Trier on Nov. 15, eleven Wildkit swimmers earned the right to advance to the State meet: Munro, Roxy Capron, Maddie Giegold, Becky Ramsey, Melissa Mohrenweiser, Margaret Schroeder, Sarah Thompson, Julia Ticus, Kristina Walsh, and Amanda Weidner. Going into the State meet, the Kits were seeded 13th and were looking to finish at a higher level. They did just that.
In the final round on Nov. 22, the Kits scored 63 points, enough to come away with a sixth-place finish. Munro took the top spot in the 100-yard backstroke (55.62) and fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (24.07). Thompson took sixth in the 500-yard freestyle (5:07.98) and Ramsey finished 12th.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Munro, Capron, Giegold and Walsh took third place in the State with a time of 1:46.68. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Munro, Giegold, Ramsey and Thompson finished 12th with a time of 3:36.57.
“Getting third (in the 200-yard medley relay) was such a great feeling of accomplishment and it was great to be able to show that Evanston could came back and still be a big competitor,” Walsh said. “This season was definitely a success. We all put in a lot of hard work, and people improved from the beginning of the season to now. I think our sixth-place finish is a good indicator of that because we placed better than we have in years past.”
The Kits had the luxury of swimming in their own pool and a number of them had competed before in these types of meets. “Swimming at Evanston is always really nice because we have practiced with these walls and blocks all season,” said Walsh. Even though they fell short of ending Rosary’s state title run at two straight, the Kits ended their campaign in the top ten, once again.
“[Coach Kevin Auger] thinks that next year we can do just as well or better next year at State, which is really exciting,” added Walsh. “Finishing sixth was great for our team, but we all want to get better and we are all really motivated to do it.” added Walsh. Last year the team finished eighth in the State.
Congratulations to coach Auger and the entire team on a great season.