Even a new timing system seemed to want to help Fenwick halt Rosary's six-year winning streak in dual competition last week.
Rosary's new high-tech timing system was on the fritz, along with the scoreboard, but unfortunately for the Friars the outcome was quite obvious. The Beads buried Fenwick by winning 8 of 11 events.
"It wasn't good," said Fenwick head coach Renee Miller of both the system malfunction and of her team's actual results. "One thing is for sure we lost pretty badly. It was quite frustrating without official times, but there's no question Rosary swam better."
While there were no physical results of the meet, Miller was able to piece together a few Fenwick highlights.
The medley relay team made up of Ferren Rixter (backstroke), Meghan Barren (breaststroke), Erin Leary (butterfly), and Sylvia Knap (freestyle) finished first with an unofficial time of 1:54.
Barren also took first in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events with estimated times of :25.35 and :55.09 respectively.
Other good swims included Alison Pavlik in the 200 freestyle, and Leary in the 100 butterfly. Morgan Bonk finished the lengthy 500 freestyle in 5:40.37, while Rixter took second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:05.90.
Rosary received its best performance from Patty Descenza, who crushed her competition in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:24.83. The senior also outpaced everyone else in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:59.86.
Miller said it was vital that after the meet her team understand the loss's significance.
"Swimming against Rosary, I feel, makes us a better team every season. It's important for our girls to see fast swims," she said. "It's good for them to see teams can swim fast when they are tired.
"We've got to work a bit on racing, that's all. The drive is there, and everyone is working hard. We just need to key in on some things."
The Friars hosted cross-town rival Oak Park and River Forest Tuesday evening (after deadline) and are set to host their own invitational on Saturday. Teams set to compete at the tourney include St. Charles, North, Northside Prep, Marian Catholic, Mother McAuley, and Sandburg, who will turn around and host its own invite the following week.
Fenwick will again see familiar foes at the Sandburg invite scheduled for Oct. 1. Both Rosary and Loyola will be at the tournament.
"It's a tough span for us, but like I said it's also a good test," said Miller. "It'll be right at the midseason point when he head to Sandburg, so we should be ready for the second half of the season by then."