Last season the Fenwick girls swim team had plenty of speed in the pool, enough so that the Friars finished third among a strong field at the IHSA State Meet. It doesn’t look like the team will be downshifting anytime soon, not with several returners from that state run and a bevy of new and talented swimmers on the team this season.

While Fenwick’s top performer from last year, Kelly Ryan, who won the state title in backstroke and finished fifth in the 200 freestyle, has graduated, the Friars are still loaded with talent. The top returners from the third-place team include juniors Maureen Barron (50-free, relays), Mary Devereux (200-IM, 100-fly and medley relay), Veronica Gibson (100-fly and 500-free) and Jackie Woods (100-breast). Maureen Barron finished 11th in the 50-yard freestyle at state last season, while Devereux was a member of the 200-yard medley relay that also finished 11th.

Others back include sophomores Haley Wickham (100-breast, medley relay) and diver Michelle Kalupski.

Fenwick is also bolstered by an influx of new swimmers in freshmen Mimi Schenider, Paulina Kaminski, Addy Curry, Cara Borkovec, Colleen Barron and Maggie Shean.

Head coach Renee Miller said she’s hopeful this team can return to the state meet this season and possibly improve on the top three finish.

“After placing third last year, this team realizes the hard work and dedication that is needed to compete at that level,” she said. “We will be young this year, but they are very eager to step up and work hard. I think the one thing they learned last year is that to accomplish their goal, they have to work together and help each other out. It seems that this team is taking that attitude toward practices.”

The Friars began the season last week by downing Marist (136) and Regina (114) with 333 points. They host Mother McAuley on Sept. 14 and cross-town rival OPRF on Sept. 21 (5 p.m.).

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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...