The Fenwick and OPRF girls swimming teams compete against each other throughout the season. In fact, the Friars and Huskies annually face each other in a dual meet and both the Fenwick Invitational and Fenwick Sectional.

It’s a good-natured rivalry with each team featuring several outstanding swimmers who often know one another well.

At Saturday’s Fenwick Invitational, the Friars finished third with a score 249.5 and the Huskies took fourth with 132 points.

St. Charles North (452) won the invite, followed by St. Ignatius (376) in the 12-team field.

Fenwick performed particularly well in the relay races with a pair of third-place showings and a fourth-place result. In the final race of the day, the Friars’ Perri Stahl, Blaire West, Lindsey Drumm and Katie Drumm came in third in the 400-yard freestyle with a time of 3 minutes, 44.10 seconds. Fenwick also earned third in the 200-yard freestyle as Paulina Correa, Angelina Cakuls, Ryan Grasser and West recorded a time of 1:42.48. In the 200-yard medley relay, the quartet of Katie Drumm, Lindsey Drumm, Stahl and Correa notched fourth at 1:50.66

 In the 100-yard breaststroke, Stahl touched the wall at 1:09.54 for fourth place. She also placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle (54.97).

“Perri is a very versatile swimmer for the team,” Fenwick coach Renee Miller said. “She’s a great leader in and out of the pool.”

The Friars have impressive depth in the lineup this season with seniors Ciara Mulcahy, Stahl, Correa, juniors West, Katie Drumm, Alyssa Sayatovic, and sophomore Meredith Callahan.

Freshmen Lindsey Drumm and Grasser have made an immediate impact at the varsity level.

Off to a 6-0 start in dual meets, the Friars are very competitive in the Metro Catholic Aquatics Conference.

On Sept. 18, OPRF hosted Fenwick in a highly anticipated dual meet. The Friars won the varsity meet 104-82, while the Huskies claimed victory in the junior varsity competition 110-75.

“The dual meet against OPRF is always a great swim meet,” Miller said. “Both teams really show up and swim well. The meet was loud, fast and fun.”

Promising freshman Teagan Osga won two events (100-yard backstroke, 58.81; 200 Individual Medley, 2:12.27) for the Huskies against Fenwick. She also came in second in the 100 back (58.76) at the Fenwick Invite.

Senior OPRF standout Natalie Ungaretti set a new pool record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.63.

Ungaretti, one of the best sprint and relay swimmers in the state, missed the Fenwick Invite due to her official visit at Tennessee. Ungaretti committed to swim for the Volunteers last spring.

She won an individual state title when she captured the 50-free (23.31) at the 2016-2017 IHSA Swimming & Diving Championships. Ungaretti also was runner-up in the 100 free (50.90) at that state final.

Other top OPRF swimmers include junior Sara Segal (2nd place/100 breast, 1:08.47 at Fenwick Invite), Elizabeth Silber, senior Emma Wojack, senior Avery Kozak and Osga. Sophie Lever and Yasmin Ruff are both outstanding divers who placed second (360.90) and third (353.65), respectively, at the Fenwick Invite.

The Huskies also fared very well at the Riverside-Brookfield Invite with a first-place result earlier this year. OPRF won the competition comfortably with a top score of 353, followed by Plainfield (312), U-High (234), RBHS (213) and Lake Park (171.6).

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