With Loyola and Rosary being the perennial teams at the Metro Catholic Aquatics Conference Meet held at UIC on Sunday, finishing third was fine by Fenwick head coach Renee Miller.
"It's always a challenge when you have two of the best teams in the state in your conference," said Miller. "What you really strive for is outswimming the rest of the competition."
That's exactly what the Friars did, finishing third with a score of 247. Miller even inserted swimmers in different events to keep them rested for the Oak Park Sectional on Nov. 12.
Meghan Barron finished third in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of :54.42. Christina Romano finished fourth (1:10.14)?#34;a season best?#34;in the 100-yard backstroke, while fellow Friar Kaitlin Kysiak followed for fifth (1:10.30).
Miller left Barron out of the medley relay and inserted Keely Baldwin. The group, which included Farren Rixter, Erin Leary, and Sylvia Knap, finished fifth with a time of 1:56.44. Rixter also placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke. The senior timed out at 1:02.45.
Alison Pavlik tried her hand at swimming the 50-yard freestyle. The junior finished 10th in :26.09.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Knap, Rixter, Pavlik, and Barron took third place in 3:43.48.
Nora Kelley placed third in the diving event with a score of 278.45.
"I was happy with our performance," said Miller. "Sometimes you have to let go of trying to reach the great teams and go with what you have. We wanted third place and we got it."
Fenwick's top competition at the sectional looks to be cross-town rival OPRF and Riverside-Brookfield, who won the Suburban Prairie (East) Conference Meet on Saturday. OPRF placed fifth at the West Suburban (Silver) Meet on the same day.