The Fenwick girls swim team swept the field at its own sectional on Saturday in Oak Park, clearing the way for another possible top 10 finish or better at state.

Kelly Ryan and Veronica Gibson led the charge for the Friars, combining to place first in four events. Ryan, a senior, won both the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.22) and the 100-yard backstroke (57.21 seconds). Gibson, a sophomore, took first in both the 500-yard freestyle (5:11.72) and the 100-yard butterfly (57.56 seconds).

Ryan also helped the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:37.98) and the 400-yard freestyle relay (3:34.83) finish first. Stephanie Ovalle, Muareen Barron, Casey Dollard also swam in both events. Ovalle qualified in the 100-yard freestyle by winning the event in 53.66 seconds. Jackie Woods took first in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:06.93.

“Our focus this week was to get as many swimmers and relays qualified for next week’s state meet,” said Fenwick head coach Renee Miller. “We are not fully rested, so swimmers sometimes struggle swimming fast at this point in their taper. We were very successful in qualifying in every event and we are very excited about that.”

Mary Kate Campbell won the diving event with a score of 472.85, a new pool record.

The Friars now turn their attention to improving on last season’s ninth place finish at state.

“We hope [this] sets us up to achieve our goal of being top six at the state meet,” said Miller.

The IHSA Girls State Swim Meet begins Friday at New Trier High School in Winnetka.

OPRF swimming

While no one from OPRF was able to advance out of the Fenwick Sectional on Saturday, the OPRF girls swim team had some favorable finishes.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hannah Connell, Kimmy Stefanik, Maureen Quinn and Louise Blaue finished second with a time of 3:46.51. Stefanik placed second in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.92 seconds.

As a team, OPRF finished second with a score of 378.

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Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer has been covering sports in and around Oak Park for more than a decade, which means the young athletes he once covered in high school are now out of college and at home living with their parents...