Girls swimming and diving: Barrington has strong first day at state

  • Schaumburg's Nina Mollin swims breaststroke in the 200-yard individual medley during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Schaumburg's Nina Mollin swims breaststroke in the 200-yard individual medley during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey's Brooke Martin swims butterfly in the 200-yard medley relay during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Hersey's Brooke Martin swims butterfly in the 200-yard medley relay during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Fremd's Katie Kuehn, right, and Naperville Central's Lauren Collins congratulate one another after their heat in the 50-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Fremd's Katie Kuehn, right, and Naperville Central's Lauren Collins congratulate one another after their heat in the 50-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey's Mollie Lumsden leaves the starting block in the 200-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Hersey's Mollie Lumsden leaves the starting block in the 200-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Lilian Reader reacts to her finish in the 200-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Barrington's Lilian Reader reacts to her finish in the 200-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Jenna Kerr leaves the starting block in the 50-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Barrington's Jenna Kerr leaves the starting block in the 50-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Fremd's Katie Kuehn leaves the starting block in the 100-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Fremd's Katie Kuehn leaves the starting block in the 100-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Jenna Kerr swims the 100-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Barrington's Jenna Kerr swims the 100-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's Nina Mollin swims the 500-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Schaumburg's Nina Mollin swims the 500-yard freestyle during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey's Natalia Plewa gets ready to leave the starting block in the 200-yard freestyle relay during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Hersey's Natalia Plewa gets ready to leave the starting block in the 200-yard freestyle relay during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Buffalo Grove's Reese Frighetto gets ready to leave the starting block in the 200-yard freestyle relay during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Buffalo Grove's Reese Frighetto gets ready to leave the starting block in the 200-yard freestyle relay during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Maine West's Michelle Kaner swims the 100-yard backstroke during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Maine West's Michelle Kaner swims the 100-yard backstroke during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Schaumburg's Madison Dohrn swims the 100-yard backstroke during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Schaumburg's Madison Dohrn swims the 100-yard backstroke during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey's Maggie Papanicholas swims the 100-yard breaststroke during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday.

    Hersey's Maggie Papanicholas swims the 100-yard breaststroke during the girls state swimming preliminaries at FMC Natatorium in Westmont Friday. Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
By Dick Quagliano
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 11/12/2021 8:44 PM

Barrington broke through in a big way Friday at the IHSA girls state swimming preliminaries finals in Westmont.

The Fillies had six individual qualifiers and a relay qualify to Saturday's finals.

 

"We went into last week, thinking about this week," Barrington coach Alex Mikolajewski said. "We wanted to make our day and we were able to do that."

Barrington was third in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Jenna Kerr, Lauren Holman, Lillian Reader and Emily Bucaro combined for a time of 3:27.60.

Reader dropped her time and finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:49.89. Reader also finished second in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:52.49.

Bucaro also made it to the finals in two events, finishing sixth in the 500-yard free in 4:59.13 and sixth in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.86.

Kerr made it through to the final group in the 50-yard freestyle, where she finished fifth in 23.45. Kerr also had a good finish in the 100-yard freestyle where she was third in 50.49.

The finals were held at the new FMC Natatorium in Westmont. It is the first IHSA state finals not held at either Evanston or New Trier since 1986 when it was held at Hinsdale South.

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Hersey's Aly Blumenfeld leads the diving competition after six dives on Friday. The senior has a score of 335.40 with three dives remaining on Saturday.

The Huskies also made it to the finals of the 200-yard medley relay. The team of Mollie Lumsden, Maggie Papanicholas, Brooke Martin, Ashley Oiler combined to finish for a 5th place in a time of 1:44.57.

Their 200-yard freestyle relay finished 16th.

The Huskies also had a couple of individual qualifiers for the finals.

Papanicholas was second in 100-yard breaststroke in 1:01.16. Earlier, she failed to qualify and was 18th in the individual medley.

Lumsden finished 10th and qualified for the finals in the 100-yard backstroke in 56.58. She was also 18th in the 200-yard freestyle.

Natalie Plewa was 24th for the Huskies in the 100-yard breaststroke.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Schaumburg qualified two of its relay teams.

The Saxons' 400-yard medley relay team of Nina Mollin, Danielle Alley, Briana Parziale and Madison Dohrn was 11th in 3:31.96

The 200-medley relay team was ninth in a time of 1:45.27. Dohrn, Mollin, Annabel Banicz and Zuzanna Krasnicki combined for a 1:45.27.

Mollin had a great effort in the 200-yard medley relay. The senior finished second in 2:00.75. She then came back to finish fifth in the 500-yard freestyle in 4:59.56.

Dohrn finished third in the 100-yard backstroke, and was 19th in the 200-yard freestyle.

Krasnicki was 31st in the 100-yard freestyle and 22nd in the 50-yard freestyle.

Fremd's Katie Kuehn qualified for the finals in a pair of events. The sophomore finished seventh in the 50-yard freestyle in 23.51. She then finished eighth in the 100-yard freestyle in 51.35.

The Vikings' Que Genet is in 10th place in diving. The freshman scored a 308.45.

Rolling Meadows' Caitlin Widawski became the Mustangs' first diver in 35 years to qualify for the finals. Widawski was able to make it to Saturday's competition by finishing 12th on Friday with a score of 299.90.

Maine West's Michelle Kane had a superb race, finishing second in the 100-yard backstroke in 55.43.

Buffalo Grove finished 16th in the 200-medley and 16th in the 200-yard freestyle relay. . Emilia Jedryka was 26th in the 100-yard freestyle and Reese Frighetto was 30th in the 50-yard freestyle.

Palatine's Emily Ziemba was 16th in diving.

Maine South's Sophia Szymanski just missed qualifying in the 100-yard backstroke. The sophomore finished 13th. She also finished 21st in the individual medley.

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