Lake Forest Swim Club Earns Chicago Speedo Championship Title

By Erin Greene

COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 14. THE Lake Forest Swim Club claimed the 2007 Chicago Speedo Championship Series title this weekend in a score of 679. New Trier Swim Club finished second with 599.50 points, while Wheaton Swim Club earned third place with a score of 403.50.

Olympian Carly Piper swam in the four-day meet, capturing three event titles. Piper picked up her first victory in the 200-yard freestyle when she edged competitor Francis Szostak by .04 seconds to win in 1:51.25. She swam the 500-yard freestyle in meet record time of 4:46.69. Her final win came in the 100-yard freestyle when she stopped the clock first at 50.91.

Dagyn Knustson left the meet with a total of four gold medals. Knuston touched in ahead in both the 100-yard butterfly (55.87) and 200-yard individual medley (2:01.77) despite swimming the events back-to-back. Her time in the medley was a meet record. She also garnered a win in the 200-yard backstroke (2:01.62), as well as the 200-yard butterfly (2:03.87).

Tim Liebhold joined Knustson as a quadruple-event winner. He touched the wall in 49.29 in the 100-yard backstroke to earn his first title. Later that day, Liebhold swam the 200-yard individual medley in 1:49.51 for his second victory. He opened the third day of competition by setting a meet record of 3:53.39 in the 400-yard individual medley. He completed his winning streak in the 200-yard backstroke, winning in a time of 1:46.66.

Several swimmers took home a pair of victories. Emily Dominiski stopped the clock first in the 100-yard backstroke at 56.03 before lowering her own meet record in the 50-yard freestyle to 23.13. Kathleen Patterson owned the distance events, winning both the 1,000- and 1,650-yard freestyle, touching in at 10:17.06 and 17:12.96, respectively.

Ashley Wanland and Kevin Zakrzewski snagged the breaststroke titles. Wanland set a meet record of 1:02.24 in the 100-yard distance. She just missed the meet record in the 200 by one-tenth. Wanland did, however, swim the race in a pool record time of 2:14.21. Zakrzewski also swam the 100 in meet record time, clocking a 54.44. He turned in a time of 2:01.49 in the 200.

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