By Brian Savard
WINNETKA, Illinois, December 6. ROSARY successfully defended its 2006 state title under the direction of head coach Bill Schalz at the Illinois Women's State Championships.
Rosary used three individual event golds to propel itself to a meet-high 154 points. Meet host New Trier placed second with 139 points while Stevenson came in third with 131.5 points.
Olivia Scott of Rosary led the way with two individual event wins. Scott posted a 2:03.41 time in the 200 IM, a time that stands as the nation's fifth-best time among women at high school state championships, en route to her first win. Scott turned in an equally impressive time in her 100 butterfly, covering the four-lap event in 54.23. That time ranks second in the nation only to Whitney Lopus of Mountain Ridge (Ariz.).
Emily Dominski of New Trier put up the nation's new top time among high school women with a 22.81 victory in the 50 freestyle. Dominski returned in the 100 backstroke, beating out the second-place competitor by a 1.72-second margin with a 55.02 gold-medal performance.
Lisi Rowland from Loyola Academy dove to a 426.50-point win in the diving competition. New Trier's Paige Grant scored 380.70 points and took second while Fenwick's Mary Kate Campbell scored 378.85 points and placed third.