Last season, the Evanston Township High School girls swimming team finished fourth in State and competed in eight individual events and three relays. The Wildkits hope for a similar finish and to be as well represented this year.
“The goals for the rest of the year are to get some wins under our belts and to keep on practicing as hard as we can,” said senior Anna Duke. “We really want our hard work in practice to show in meets, especially at the end of the year. We are hoping to send a lot of people to State and many of us are right on the line. We want to have as many people make it as possible.”
Junior Amanda Weidner added, “As a team we would like to start winning some meets and put together some good relays by the end of the year.”
On Sept. 10, the Kits lost to Lake Forest 114-69. They returned home the next day and fell to Barrington 124-62. Regarding Barrington, Weidner said, “Barrington is a tough team so we knew we would have to step up and swim our fastest if we wanted to win.” She added, “We swam [against] Lake Forest the night before and a lot of people got season bests, but we were still a little worn out. [Head coach Kevin Auger] had a few of us swimming different races than normal, so I don’t think we swam as well as we could have against them.”
In a meet on Sept. 22, the Kits visited Deerfield and won 95-91, which gave the Kits their first meet win of the season. Next up for the Kits is a meet against Glenbrook South on Friday night and then they participate in the Evanston Invite on Saturday. From there, they face Waukegan on Oct. 8 and archrival New Trier on Oct. 15.
As to which meets they are looking forward to swimming in, Duke said, “My favorite meets to compete in are the Central Suburban Conference meet and Sectionals because they allow you to show off how hard you have worked since Aug. 12 [when the season began].”
Weidner added, “I’m looking forward to swimming in the Evanston Invite because it hosts a lot of people we would not normally swim against and usually is a fast meet with a lot of good races.”
In order to reach their goals, the Kits know what they must do to make that happen, which includes perfecting the little things. “One of [Coach Auger’s] main focuses this year is getting all of the technical things right like streamlining, perfect turns and perfect dives. We have had to start a lot of our sets over in practice because we are not doing all of these perfectly right at all times. It’s a pain right now, but I am sure it will pay off at State and Conference,” said Duke.
“We have been working really hard in practice lately, especially because with our schedule this year there are a few weeks where we do not have meets so we swim straight through the week,” said Weidner. “As a whole we just need to keep doing what we are doing and focusing on the technical things like fast starts and turns to help bring our times down.”
If all goes to plan, look for all their hard work to pay off and for the Kits to have another strong finish.