YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s Flying Fish swim team held its fourth annual Oswald “Oz” Roper Memorial Meet last month, generating $13,500 for the organization’s “Oz Fund,” which provides financial assistance to families participating in Flying Fish aquatics programs.
The meet was an intrasquad competition held at YWCA Evanston/North Shore and it raised funds through swimmers’ entry fees and a generous donor.
“We never turn anyone away from swim lessons or swim team because they lack resources,” said Pete Caragher, aquatics director at YWCA Evanston/North Shore. “This is why the ‘Oz Meet’ is so important. It’s not only good competitive experience for our young swimmers, it’s how we live out our mission and ensure that all families have access to swimming. It also is a great way to honor the memory of Oz.”
Mr. Roper, who died in 2013, was a longtime swim coach and instructor for the Flying Fish.
Meet results Multiple event winners included:
Lilia Johnson, 8-under girls 25-yard freestyle, 25-backstroke, and 50 freestyle;
Harrison Boes, 8-under boys 25-freestyle, 25-backstroke, and 50-freestyle;
Ana Kimball, 9-10 girls 50-freestyle, 50-breaststroke, and 100-freestyle;
Leif Steele, 9-10 boys 50-freestyle, and 100-freestyle;
Karolien Van Mieghem, 11-12 girls 50-backstroke, and 100-individual medley;
Aaron Martin, 11-12 boys 50-freestyle, and 50-backstroke;
Marcus Van Mieghem, 11-12 boys 50-breaststroke, and 100-individual medley;
Lily Consiglio, 13-over girls 50-freestyle, 100-backstroke, and 100-butterfly;
Adrian Stankovic, 13-over boys 50-freestyle, and 100-breastroke (1:13.44); and
Matt Gibson, 13-over boys 100-backstroke, and 100-butterfly.
Other event winners included:
Malia Schoonyoung, 9-10 girls 50-backstroke; Cadel Saszik, 9-10 boys 50-backstroke; Evan Lindner, 9-10 boys 50-breaststroke; Jenna Wild, 11-12 girls 50-freestyle; Gabriella Cyrus, 11-12 girls 50 breaststroke; and Kinsey Tench, 13-over girls 100-breaststroke.