Fenwick swimming surfs to first place

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By BRAD SPENCER, Sports Editor

The Fenwick swim team has been riding a wave of first-place finishes, most recently at its own Dan O'Brien Relays on Saturday.

The Friars scored 205 points to take first in the field of seven other schools, including cross-town rival Oak Park and River Forest who finished sixth with 110 points.

Fenwick won five events at the meet, including the 200-yard butterfly relay where the team set a new record in 1:43.58.

The Friars also outswam Mt. Carmel and Notre Dame on Friday. Fenwick finished with a score of 160, while the Caravan took a distant second at 103.

Fenwick head coach Dave Perry inserted some of his younger swimmers into events against Mt. Carmel and Notre Dame, and the move paid off. Freshman William Schulenberg took first place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:41.23. Sophomore Chris Bonk took first in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:03.96. Bonk, Mike Mackin, Dan Hussey, and Robert Tentler placed first in the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:43.02.

On Jan. 18, the Friars won nine events to defeat St. Ignatius and St. Patrick. Mike Brown took first in the 50-yard freestyle in :23.06, while Chris Jones won the diving with a final score of 201.

Friars finish fourth
Fenwick has had to contend with some powerful Catholic League teams this season, evident on Saturday when the Friars placed fourth with 115 points at the league tournament held at Gordon Tech.

Highly-ranked Providence (202), St. Rita (194) and Mt. Carmel (190) rounded out first through third places respectively.

Three wrestlers from Fenwick made it to the finals. Nick Bertucci (135) lost 7-4 to Mt. Carmel's Kenny Jordan. Matt Harmon battled his way to the 160-pound title bout against Obie Simpson of St. Rita, but lost with a fall at 5:10. Dan Kurtz lost 12-4 to Brendan McEligot in the 215-pound weight class.

OPRF wins in OT
The Oak Park and River Forest girls' basketball team edged West Suburban (Silver) Conference rival Proviso West 72-66 in overtime on Saturday.

The Huskies (16-6, 5-4) trailed 24-20 at halftime but took a three-point lead after the third period.

Amber Slaughter led the Huskies with a season-high 28 points and 11 rebounds. Brittney Marshall scored 21 and hauled down eight rebounds, while Ashleen Bracey tallied 14 points and nine rebounds.

OPRF also trounced Leyden 60-37 in a non-conference game on Friday. The Huskies take on Morton at Fenton today (Wednesday), and travel to Glenbard West on Saturday (6 p.m.).

Contact: bspencer@wjinc.com

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