Oak Park Masters Swim Team splashes to ninth at State championship

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The Oak Park Masters Swim Team, represented by 15 athletes?#34;most of whom are Oak Park and River Forest residents?#34;at the April 14th-17th Illinois Masters State championship Meet at UIC, placed ninth out of 42 teams in their best showing to date. The team had not placed higher than 15th in its history, and this year's success can be attributed to greater team depth.

Competing in the women's 55-59 age group, newcomer Lee Stanard was the team high-point winner, turning in first-place finishes in the 50 and 100 breaststroke (:41.96 and 1:34.13 respectively) and a second place finish in the 200 breaststroke (3:32.34). She also contributed to the second and third place finishes for the age 55-plus relay team of Judy DeMichele, Bill Monahan, and Ben Zee.

The top-performing male was Greg Sorg, who accumulated 30.5 individual points over the course of the meet, earning a second-place tie in the men's 30-34 age group of the 50 butterfly with a time of :25.98. Other swimmers who helped drive the team's score up were Ben Zee, who earned 30 individual points for the team, and Carolyn Hahn, who contributed 29 points.

Impressive performances were turned in by several of the swimmers, including Kris Reichmann-Crowley's first place finish in the women's 35-39 age group in the 100 butterfly (1:18.71) and Eliza DeMichele's second place finish in the women's 30-34 age group in the 100 butterfly (1:15.27).

The team practices at the Oak Park YMCA on weekday evenings and operates a year-round competitive swim program. For more information on joining the team, contact coaches Greg or Stacy Sorg at 763-8798 or stacy_sorg@yahoo.com

Goldenberg earns letter

Former OPRF athlete Claire Goldenberg earned a varsity letter in her first season as a starting defender for the University of Iowa women's soccer team. Goldenberg, who played soccer at OPRF and was a kicker on the football team, was also selected to the academic All-Big Ten Team and was co-recipient of the Most Improved Player Award.

Strikers Soccer Club tryouts

The annual soccer team tryouts for OPRF Strikers will take place May 21 for ages U9-U14. For girls high school age teams, tryouts will be May 22. Pre-registration is required. For more information, e-mail office 771-5269.

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