After a week of back to back meets, the Huntley girls swim team managed to win over Dundee-Crown. JV won 79-68 while varsity won 110-60. Defeating Crown was expected, but winning nearly every event was not.
Straight off the blocks, both the JV and varsity teams won in the 200 medley relay. On the JV team, freshmen Riley O’Donnell, Henna Hakala, Bianca Kreusel, and senior Angel Wong, went a time of 2 minutes and 50 seconds. Swimming varsity, freshman Katelyn Carlson, juniors Ve Burgos and Kristen Czarnecki, and sophomore Alli Cravens swam a time of 2 minutes and 13 seconds.
The Red Raiders found continued success throughout the meet. Juniors Kristen Czarnecki, Jacqueline Padal, and Jaclyn Smitendorf placed first in all of their individual events. Czarnecki kept her undefeated season in the 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley.
For the first time in her swimming career, Hakala placed first in the JV 100 butterfly.
“I felt extremely nervous and an adrenaline rush through my veins” said Hakala. “The race was exhausting, but now that it is over, I can look back on it as a good moment.”
The Huntley swim team’s practices are held in a yard pool, so to compete in Crown’s meter pool required adaptation. However, the results proved they adjusted quite well.
“Coach put me in the 200 free, but this pool made it feel like the 500 free,” said Padal.
Between now and Oct. 10, much hard work is forthcoming in preparation for the Rockford Auburn Invite. The swimmers are driven to relive the success that was achieved at the Dundee-Crown meet.