Evanston Township High School’s girls swimming has wrapped up the regular season and their focus is now on Sectionals. In the season finale on Oct. 30, the Wildkits ended the regular season on a positive note, beating Maine South 135-51.
Overall, the Kits finished 7-3 in dual meets this season. That included wins over Niles West on Oct. 2, Waukegan on Oct. 16 and Rockford Guilford on Oct. 24. In the Evanston Invite on Oct. 3, the Kits took first place out of seven teams. On Oct. 23, the Kits lost their meet with archrival New Trier 117-69.
In the Central Suburban League Conference Invite at Niles West on Nov. 7, the Kits finished second behind New Trier in the six-team meet.
“We swam very well [in the] conference [meet],” said Head Coach Kevin Auger. “The meet definitely helped our confidence, as fast as everyone swam.”
Heading into Sectionals on Nov. 14 at Glenbrook South, Coach Auger expects big things from his team.
“[We hope to] qualify 10 or more swimmers for State,” Coach Auger said. When asked how he feels the team can accomplish that, he said simply, “Swim fast.”
In order to reach that goal, Coach Auger is counting on junior Sarah Thompson, seniors Jane Munro (last season’s 100-yard backstroke state champion) and Kristina Walsh to swim their best. They should be able to step up having been to the State finals before. “[They are] our leaders and State finalists back from last year,” he said.
The Coach added, “[We must] score in all of our events [in which] we qualify, including two relays,” to send ten swimmers to the State finals.
Heading into Sectionals, Coach Auger said the girls will be ready – or slightly over-ready. “It doesn’t take much to motivate the girls. It is more about reassurance and keeping them calm,” he said.
The Kits finished the 2008 season sixth at State and they hope for a similar, if not better showing this year. When asked if he thinks the Kits can improve on that performance, the Coach said, “Yes, if we can get both relays through to [the State] finals.”
The 200-yard medley relay team, which took third in State last year, is made up of Munro, Walsh, senior Roxy Capron and sophomore Amanda Weidner. The 400-yard freestyle relay team consists of Thompson, Weidner, Munro and senior Melissa Mohrenweiser.
If the Kits are able to swim to their potential, look for them to have a strong showing in Sectionals and be well represented at State on Nov. 21 at New Trier.