Girls Swimming: Sandurg wins 10th straight sectional crown

Story Image Sandburg's Caitlin Krull strokes her way to a sectional title in the 200-yard freestyle Saturday in the Sandburg Sectional.
Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media
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The goal remains the same for the Sandburg Eagles each year; qualify as many swimmers and relays as possible for the state meet.

But the season-long goal doesn’t mean the Eagles are looking past the sectional round.

Hosting its own sectional Saturday, Sandburg defeated Lockport 309-270. It was the program’s 10th straight sectional title.

“We take pride in team championships, and you can’t do it without the team aspect,” Sandburg coach Jane Caliendo said. “Every swim counts no matter the heat you’re in. Everyone is looking to score. We focus on the championship, and everyone comes away feeling good.”

Sandburg won five individual races and advanced all three of its relays in making it a 10th straight sectional win. All first-place finishers advance to next week’s state meet at Evanston High School along with any swimmer finishing under a state-qualifying cut.

Senior Brittany Kamper won the 100-yard backstroke (:58.13) and was a part of five pool or varsity records on the day.

“It was unexpected (setting the records), and I’m really tired,” Kamper said with a smile. “It’s crazy and exciting because last year I didn’t do as well as I wanted to last year. It makes me feel good about my performance.”

Also winning for the Eagles were Caitlin Krull in the 200-yard freestyle (1:52.92) and 500-yard freestyle (5:04.03), Kim Katner in the 200-yard individual medley (2:10.53), Clare Lawlor in the 50-yad freestyle (:24.12), the 200-yard medley relay (1:48.13, varsity record), the 200-yard free relay (1:37.61, varsity record), and 400-yard free relay (3:33.05).

Kamper set individual records with her opening legs in the 200 and 400 free relays, as part of the overall relays, and in the 100 backstroke.

For second-place Lockport, Amanda Moran advanced to state with her third-place finish in the backstroke (:59.22).

Freshman Caily Friel won the 100-yard breaststroke (1:06.68) for Andrew (3rd, 202).

Lincoln-Way West (4th, 153) was led by senior Emily Gallagher who won the 100-yard freestyle (:53.80) and advanced with her second-place finish in the breaststroke (1:07.01).

“Not to be cocky, but I felt like I swam awesome,” Gallagher said. “I cut time, and I made it to state so that was my goal.”

West diver Alexis Skiniotes finished first, piling up 401.65 points. Sandburg’s Anna Girlich (2nd, 380.20), Lockport’s Carolyn Dietz (3rd, 373.70) and Katy Knight (4th, 369.75), and Shepard’s Bridget Zeman (5th, 355.25) can all advance with at-large bids.

Maria Papes won the 100-yard butterfly (1:01.39) for Providence (9th, 34.5).

Lemont (5th, 102), Shepard (7th, 83), Marist (10th, 32), Oak Forest (11th, 27) and Eisenhower (13th, 17.5) rounded out the team scores.

Lincoln-Way East Sectional: Taylor Jach won the 200 free (1:53.29) and 500 free (5:05.52) for East. Also advancing for the Griffins was Brittany Felice in the 500 free (2nd, 5:10.83), 200-yard free relay (1st, 1:38.70), Allison Goldsmith in the 100-yard breaststroke (4th, 1:08.15) and the 400-yard free relay (2nd, 3:35.83). Cheyenne DeGraff led Lincoln-Way North with wins in the 200 IM (2:06.57) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.56). Also advancing for the Phoenix were the 200 medley relay (1st, 1:50.27), Elyse Pratl in the 200 IM (3rd, 2:11.05), Morgan Parkinson in the 100 breaststroke (3rd, 1:07.11), and the 400 free relay (1st, 3:34.69). Lincoln-Way Central was led by Kim Bernhard in the 100 backstroke (1st, :51.87).

Tinley Park’s Hannah Schultz won the 50 free (:23.86) and 100 butterfly (:57.21). Marian Catholic’s Abby Kresal finished second in the 200 IM (2:09.15) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.72). Marian’s Paige Weiser won the 100 free (:54.56). Morgan Park Academy diver Rebecca Kramer finished first (360.50).

Downers Grove South Sectional: Stagg finished third as a team (229 points). Sophia Shalabi advanced in the 100-yard breaststroke (1st, 106.68) and 50-yad freestyle (2nd, 24:62). Diver Allie Valance finished fourth (429.25) and could advance with an at-large bid. Mother McAuley diver Meghan Dragel (441.90 points) finished second and should advance as an at-large. McAuley finished fourth as a team (153 points). Evergreen Park (45 points) finished eighth.

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