By Lauren Sampl, Swimming World intern
EVANSTON, Illinois, November 28. NEW Trier tallied 198.50 points on its way to winning the Illinois girls high school state championships, held Nov. 19th-20th in Evanston. Loyola Academy finished runner up with 126 points, and four-time defending champion Rosary earned 123.50 points to finish in third place.
Several swimmers came away with victories in multiple events at the meet. Notre Dame's Rebecca Stoughton claimed state titles in the 200 free (1:49.49) and 500 free (4:49.86). She touched out second-place finisher Sarah Thompson of Evanston by just two-tenths of a second to win the 200 free.
Haley Sims of Downers Grove North swam to victories in the 200 IM and 100 fly, touching in times of 2:01.27 in the IM and 54.68 in the fly.
Glenbrook South's Olivia Smoliga was another double-event winner. She took home titles in the 50 free (23.12) and 100 back (53.43).
Lauren Mikulecky of Neuqua Valley dove to a state championship, scoring 418.00 points to win the one-meter diving competition. Samantha James of New Trier won an extremely close race in the 100 free, stopping the clock in 51.05. Only six tenths of a second separated the top five swimmers.
Molly Coonce of Rosary won another tight battle in the 100 breast; she touched first in 1:04.72, followed by New Trier's Riley Hayward (1:04.78) and Metea Valley's Megan Sellers (1:04.86).
Three different schools picked up relay wins. The Downers Grove North quartet of Gabby Sims, Allison Soper, Haley Sims and Maddy Sims swam to victory in the 200 medley relay, registering a time of 1:44.15. Rosary sprinted to a state championship in the 200 free relay, as the tandem of Rachel Burke, Amber Calderone, Katherine Hare and Sarah Sykstus hit the pads in 1:36.10. New Trier closed out its run to the team title with a victory in the 400 free relay. Stephanie Marchuk, Megan Marchuk, Morgan Scott and Samantha James touched first in a time of 3:27.22.