The renovated girl's pool looked great. The mosaic statues were clean, the ceiling was high and the small, cozy historic pool, built in 1927, never looked better. The only problem was that sitting in the spectator balcony felt like being in a steam bath and the air flow at the pool deck wasn't a whole lot better. But with their parents sweating in the balcony the Huskies opened their home and conference season Friday losing a dual meet to always tough Lyons Township 110-76.
Senior Emily Japlon who had one of three first place finishes for the Huskies swam season best times winning the 50-yard freestyle in :26.33 and finishing second in the 100-yard freestyle (:56.43) behind Lyons standout senior Ashley Cusack.
Japlon commented on the new surroundings.
"It's a lot brighter which is nice, and I guess they redid the ventilation though it is a little hard to tell," said Japlon. "It's nice that they fixed it. The ceiling was falling down. They could have done more, but it's better than nothing."
Japlon is a versatile swimmer. She can compete in any race from the 500-yard freestyle which she won in the Huskies dual meet loss to Fenwick earlier in the week to the 50 free, but this season she wants to focus on the shorter races.
"The 50 free you've just got to swim as fast as you can," Japlon said. "You've just got to take it out. It's one of those races where everything has to be perfect."
Japlon was pleased to get the win.
"It's definitely great to win a race," said Japlon. "It shows that the work I've put in is paying off. Practice has been very hard. We've been doing a lot of work, but it's definitely starting to pay off."
The other first place finishers for the Huskies were junior Megan Rigali who won the 100 breast stroke with a time of 1:14.25 and freshman Kylie Krisco who won the diving with a season best score of 168.80 to nose out teammate Liz Herner who finished second with a score of 168.20.
But the young Huskies had a number of other good swims. Freshman Joanna Evans finished second in the 500 free (5:32.96) and third in the 200 free (2:05.74) both lifetime bests according to coach Clyde Lundgren.
Fellow freshman Lori Mansfield finished second in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:24.29) and the 100-yard butterfly (1:06.17).
Senior Lauren Daggett finished second in the 100 backstroke (1:07.27).
"We had a lot of nice swims," said Lundgren pointing out that sophomore Caley Hague broke the minute barrier for the first time in winning the JV 100-yard freestyle in :59.73.
It was an emotional week for the Huskies who lost to cross-town rival Fenwick 102-81 earlier in the week. The Huskies are now 0-3 in dual meets but Lundgren likes the way his team is progressing.
Freshman Sarah Norris and senior Cusack led the way for LT. Norris won the IM (2:17.75) and the 100 backstroke (1:01.76) and swam on two winning relays while Cusack won the 200 free (1:58.52) to go along with her win in the 100 free (:54.92). Cusack also anchored LT's winning 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays.