Girls swimming: Hinsdale Central 2nd, St. Charles North 3rd at state finals

  • Hinsdale Central's Caroline Kramer swims breaststroke in the 200-yard medley relay during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      Hinsdale Central's Caroline Kramer swims breaststroke in the 200-yard medley relay during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • New Trier's Megan Marquardt, right, hugs Phoebe Paarllberg of Hinsdale Central at the conclusion of the 200-yard medley relay during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      New Trier's Megan Marquardt, right, hugs Phoebe Paarllberg of Hinsdale Central at the conclusion of the 200-yard medley relay during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • West Chicago's Amelia Murphy swims in the consolation heat of the 200-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      West Chicago's Amelia Murphy swims in the consolation heat of the 200-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • York's Emma Overall swims in the consolation heat of the 200-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      York's Emma Overall swims in the consolation heat of the 200-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • York's Emma Overall celebrates after winning the consolation heat of the 200-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      York's Emma Overall celebrates after winning the consolation heat of the 200-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hinsdale Central's Caroline Krame swims backstroke in the consolation final of the 200-yard individual medley during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      Hinsdale Central's Caroline Krame swims backstroke in the consolation final of the 200-yard individual medley during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Isabelle Beu swims backstroke in the 200-yard individual medley during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      St. Charles North's Isabelle Beu swims backstroke in the 200-yard individual medley during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Isabelle Beu reacts to her second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      St. Charles North's Isabelle Beu reacts to her second-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North's Tessalina Stavropoulos looks back to check her time in the 50-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      St. Charles North's Tessalina Stavropoulos looks back to check her time in the 50-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hinsdale Central's Kit Schneider celebrates her victory in the 50-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      Hinsdale Central's Kit Schneider celebrates her victory in the 50-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • York's Kalina Ceglinski dives during the IHSA girls state swimming and diving finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      York's Kalina Ceglinski dives during the IHSA girls state swimming and diving finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hinsdale Central's Meghan Martell dives during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      Hinsdale Central's Meghan Martell dives during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Crystal Lake South's Avery Watson swims in the consolation heat of the 100-yard butterfly during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      Crystal Lake South's Avery Watson swims in the consolation heat of the 100-yard butterfly during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Crystal Lake South's Abigal Uhl swims the 100-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      Crystal Lake South's Abigal Uhl swims the 100-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • St. Ignatius' Julieta Tracy, left, and St. Charles North's Tessalina Stavropoulos high-five one another at the conclusion of the 100-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      St. Ignatius' Julieta Tracy, left, and St. Charles North's Tessalina Stavropoulos high-five one another at the conclusion of the 100-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hinsdale Central's Burlingtyn Bokos swims the 500-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      Hinsdale Central's Burlingtyn Bokos swims the 500-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Crystal Lake South's Abigal Uhl swims the 100-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      Crystal Lake South's Abigal Uhl swims the 100-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hinsdale Central's Burlingtyn Bokos swims the 500-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      Hinsdale Central's Burlingtyn Bokos swims the 500-yard freestyle during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Rosary's Elizabeth Nawocki swims the 100-yard breaststroke during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      Rosary's Elizabeth Nawocki swims the 100-yard breaststroke during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Neuqua Valley's Ruhee Chetan swims the 100-yard breaststroke during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      Neuqua Valley's Ruhee Chetan swims the 100-yard breaststroke during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North 400-yard relay anchor Isabelle Beu, in water, views her team's winning time during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      St. Charles North 400-yard relay anchor Isabelle Beu, in water, views her team's winning time during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • St. Charles North swimmers hold their third-place trophy during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      St. Charles North swimmers hold their third-place trophy during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hinsdale Central swimmers hold their second-place trophy during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022.

      Hinsdale Central swimmers hold their second-place trophy during the IHSA girls state swimming finals at FMC Natatorium in Westmont on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
By Gregg Voss
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 11/12/2022 6:18 PM

There's nothing like ending your high school career with a state championship.

Welcome to the collective world of Caroline Kramer and Kit Schneider.

 

The Hinsdale Central seniors capped off impressive high school careers by each winning an individual title at Saturday's championship finals of the IHSA girls swimming and diving championships at FMC Natatorium in Westmont.

Schneider easily won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.59 seconds, besting her preliminary time Friday of 22.86. Kramer took home the title in the last individual event of the day, the 100 breaststroke, in 1:02.30. She just edged New Trier's Charlize Escape by .17 of a second.

The pair also ran the first two legs of the meet-opening 200 medley relay, where the Red Devils were second in 1:42.16.

"I really didn't think I was going to do that. I was so shocked," Kramer said of her 100 breaststroke victory. "I was very nervous. We were all within one second of each other, so that was anyone's race."

Hinsdale Central coach Bob Barber, whose team finished second overall with 131 points, just behind champion New Trier with 149.5, couldn't help but beam about his two stars, who will make an impact collegiately, Schneider at Wisconsin and Kramer at Arizona.

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"We grow really tight bonds, and it's hard to let them go to, but you have to," Barber said.

St. Charles North was third with 128 points, and got a big lift into that position with a meet-ending championship in the 400 freestyle relay. The North Stars, who won in 3:25.19, consisted of freshman Tessalina Stavropoulos, senior Enya Linson, Elizabeth Bawolek and sophomore Isabelle Beu.

Beu, who joined forces with Linson, Stavropoulos and sophomore Jenna Williams to take fourth in the meet-opening 200 medley relay (1:43.05), had to quickly get ready for the 200 individual medley two events later. That's tough to pull off, but she did it, taking second in 2:00.38, just .10 behind winner Julieta Tracy of St. Ignatius.

"I saw her on that freestyle, put my head down and tried not to breathe. I touched out, but it's OK, I'll come back next year," Beu said.

Added North Stars coach Rob Rooney of that final relay: "I wouldn't want it any other way. I thought on all sides the speed was good contest between four schools."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Rosary finished sixth with 92 points and was led by sophomore Becky Rentz, who finished second in the 100 butterfly (at 54.12) to Deerfield's Annika Parkhe, who set the state record with a swim of 52.12.

Naperville Central found itself in 12th place with 43 points due to senior Eden Goettsch's sixth-place finish in the 50 freestyle (23.42). Goetsch also took sixth in the 100 backstroke in 56.71.

Junior Katie Gresik's runner-up finish in the 500 freestyle (4:57.64) propelled Oswego co-op to eighth place with 58 points. How did she mentally prepare herself for what amounted to swimming's version of a marathon?

"I had a really good time yesterday, so I think it was just seeing if I could do better today," she said. "Behind the blocks I was listening to music to get myself ready and zone out. I tried not to get nervous."

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