Girls Swimming: New Trier sails past competition in Trevian Relays

Updated: October 13, 2012 8:34PM

New Trier’s girls swimming team has been unbeatable the past two seasons, but the Trevians are especially tough in their own pool.

They proved that yet again Saturday with a dominating performance at the 35th annual Trevian Relays, routing a 12-team field that included at least five other probable top 10 teams.

New Trier’s 172 points easily outdistanced runner-up Fenwick, which had 126 points. Those two teams finished first and second at last year’s state meet. Neuqua Valley was third with 121.

“Every year after we have a senior class graduate, we’re like, ‘oh, gosh, we’re not going to be as strong, we’re not going to have as much depth,’” New Trier senior Riley Hayward said. “But then the underclassmen always step up and we can always defend our title at all these meets.

“The last two years at this meet the seniors are like, we’ve been undefeated the whole year, including state, so I hope we can say the same thing. We’re all swimming really well.”

Hayward, who swam in the Olympic Trials over the summer, did her part, finishing second in the 100-yard breaststroke and fifth in the 200 individual medley while helping New Trier to second place in the 200 medley relay.

But she had plenty of help, especially from fellow co-captain Stephanie Marchuk, who had a hand in four victories. Marchuk won the 100 freestyle (52.67) and she and Campbell Costley went 1-2 in the 200 free (1:52.10 and 1:53.50). Marchuk also anchored Jessica Sutherland, Taylor Patterson and Campbell to victory in the 200 free relay (1:37.48) and then capped the meet by anchoring Amelia Girgenti, Costley and Nicole Retondo to a meet-record 3:31.42 in the 400 free relay. Sutherland added a victory in the 100 backstroke (58.58) and Costley was second in the 500 free.

The Trevians’ 46-point margin of victory is actually four points more than last year, when they won this meet with 173 points. That begs the question of whether New Trier has even greater depth this fall.

“I think it definitely is [deeper],” Marchuk said. “We lost [graduated 15-time state medalist] Samantha James, who was a great asset to our team, but I think we gained a lot of younger classmates who really stepped up this year and are really showing that they can contribute.”

That is what New Trier coach Mac Guy likes to see.

“I think the girls get really excited about this meet,” Guy said. “They get excited about swimming in their home pool against some of the top competition in the state. Our schedule is so dual-meet heavy that this is one of the only times where we get to race some of the top teams around. We really race fast when it counts.”

Fenwick, which was fifth at this meet last year, had a strong showing, winning the medley relay in 1:46.10 behind Kierston Farley Sepe, Haley Wickham, Mimi Schneider and Colleen Barron. Kaminski, the reigning state breaststroke champion, won that event in 1:04.96, with Wickham third.

Neuqua Valley was led by senior star Gia Dalesandro, who captured the 100 butterfly in a meet-record 55.41 and the 200 I.M. in 2:08.47. Naperville North senior Amy Novak won the 50 free (24.40) and Barrington freshman Kirsten Jacobsen took the 500 (5:02.65).

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