Girls swimming wraps up the postseason

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Junior Kristen Czarnecki prepares for her race at state.

This weekend at New Trier High School, the girls varsity swim team wrapped up the 2015 season.

Previously, during the sectional meet,┬ájunior Kristen Czarnecki qualified for the IHSA State Swimming and Diving Championship. Czarnecki is the first swimmer in Huntley’s history to make two of the state cuts. At St. Charles’ Sectionals, she went 57.83 in her 100 yard fly, coming in 5th with a time drop of 2.20 seconds. Additionally, Czarnecki went a 2:07.89 in her 200 individual medley, coming in 4th with a time drop of 7.29 seconds.

“I was expecting best times, but I was shocked that she made state,” said coach Brenda Czarnecki.

At sectionals, several school records were broken. Czarnecki broke both the 100 fly and 200 individual medley records. The 200 freestyle relay was broken by Czarnecki, juniors Jaclyn Smitendorf and Jacqueline Padal, and sophomore Jordan McGuire with a time of 1:43.38.

“I’ve been after that record for the past three years, and it feels amazing to finally own it,” said Padal.

In the 100 yard free, sophomore Alli Cravens went a 56.88 with a best time by two seconds, approximately one second over the school record. Cravens went a 2:05.39 in her 200 yard free with an astonishing 10 second time drop.

“I didn’t do my best at conference, so I knew my peak was just around the corner,” said Cravens.

Sectionals would have been a nice place for the season to stop, but with a state qualifier, the season ended with greatness.

At the IHSA State Swimming and Diving championship, Czarnecki went a 2:10.64 in her 200 yard IM, placing in the top 25. Later, she went a 59.15 in her 100 yard fly. Both swims were right on her high school personal records.

Coach Czarnecki has done wonders for the girls team and cannot wait to coach the boys this winter.

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