Elite Recruit Annika Parkhe Breaks Own 100 Butterfly Record At Illinois State Championships 

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Elite Recruit Annika Parkhe Breaks Own 100 Butterfly Record At Illinois State Championships 

The 2022 Illinois Girls State Swimming and Diving Championships took place from November 11-12 at the FMC Natatorium in Westmont, Ill.

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New Trier used its impressive depth to clinch its second-straight team title with 149.5 points, just slightly ahead of runner-up Hinsdale Central (131). St. Charles North (128) rounded out the top three teams. 

Top 5 Team Scores:

  1. New Trier – 149.5
    2. Hinsdale Central – 131
    3. St. Charles North – 128
    4. Lincolnshire Stevenson – 123.5
    5. St. Ignatius College Prep – 104

Deerfield’s Annika Parkhe, one of the top recruits in her class, cruised to first in the 200 free, stopping the clock in 1:45.60. Barrington’s Jenna Kerr also cracked the 1:50-barrer in 1:47.62 for second place, distancing herself from third-place finisher Kayla Newman (1:51.64) of Highland Park.

The 200 IM proved to be a tight race as only one-tenth separated gold and silver. Winning the event was Julieta Tracy of St. Ignatius College Prep while Izzy Beu of St. Charles North took a close second in 2:00.38. Third went to Chloe Diner (2:02.19) of Oswego Co-op.

The lone swimmer breaking the 23-second marker in the 50 free was Hinsdale Central’s Kit Schneider who touched the wall in a winning time of 22.59. St. Charles North’s Tessali Stavropoulos (23.02) and WM Fremd’s Katie Kuehn (23.08) finished second and third, respectively.

Not too long after winning the 200 free, Parkhe dove back in and flew to first place in the 100 fly in a gold-medal-worthy time of 52.13. Her time broke her own state record of 52.72 set at this meet last year. Two seconds back was Rosary Becky Rentz (54.12) for the runner-up spot while Adlai E. Stevenson’s Milena Busma and Niles North’s Aimee Duhamel tied for third in 54.64.

The 100 free was also a close one, with Tracy claiming yet another state championship title after sprinting to the wall in 50.42. Close behind was New Trier’s Tierney Lenahan in 50.88 for second while Stravropoulos held on for third in 50.95.

Five swimmers snuck under the five-minute mark in the 500 free, led by none other than Kerr. After taking second in the 200 free earlier, Kerr redeemed herself to dominate the event in 4:46.30 with a new pool record. She was well ahead of the field as Oswego Co-op’s Katie Gresk (4:57.64) and Hinsdale Central’s Burlingtyn Bokos (4:58.20) rounded out the top three.

Sharing the top of the podium after a tie for first place in the 100 back was Rolling Meadow’s Vera Conic and Lenahan, who both powered to the wall in a final time of 55.09. Loyola Academy’s Maria Cheng was about a half-second behind in 55.56 for third place.

It was yet another close battle to end the individual races in the 100 breast, with Hinsdale Central’s Carolina Kramer hanging on to clinch the state title in 1:02.30. New Trier’s Charlize Escasa was right behind her in 1:02.47 for second, followed closely by her teammate Maggie Papanicholas in 1:02.52 for third.

Cary Grove’s Maggie Bendell dove to first place on the 1-meter diving event with a final mark of 462.50. Glenbrook South’s Jacki Stadler was the runner-up with a score of 450.80 while WM Fremd’s Que Genet recorded a score of 444.50 for third. 

Naperville North’s Reese Navarro was the winner of the 200 free (2:29.10) and 100 breast (1:51.55) for Class B. Bradley BourbonnaisSavannah Zirbel won the 100 breast (1:40.79) for Class A and the 50 free (32.47) for Class B. Saint Charles North’s Maya Townsend was the champion in the 50 free (1:57.10) for Class A. 

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