The Oak Park and River Forest High School girls swimming and diving team tied for 26th place with 10 points on Nov. 13 at the IHSA state meet in Westmont.
Freshman Sadie Murphy capped a strong season with a 10th-place showing in the 200-yard freestyle, clocking in at 1 minute, 52.89 seconds and gaining all-state status, given to the top 12 finishers in each event.
“It’s an amazing accomplishment as a freshman to reach the finals and score points,” said OPRF coach Clyde Lundgren. “Being able to manage the pressure and swim on Saturday [in the finals] is a testament to Sadie’s maturity and resiliency.”
Senior Teagan Osga ended her Huskies’ career in fine fashion, placing seventh in the 100 backstroke and breaking her own school record with a time of 56.02 seconds.
“It was a really cool way to see Teagan finish out her season and career,” Lundgren said of Osga, who will swim at Northeastern University in Boston next year.
Lundgren felt OPRF’s season went very well. The Huskies defeated crosstown rival Fenwick High School twice this year, the latter victory coming at the sectional meet on Nov. 6. It marked the program’s first sectional title in at least 20 years.
“The girls swam fast and dove well towards the end of the season,” Lundgren said. “I’m really proud of the coaches and swimmers, and grateful for the parents and the support they provided all year.”
Drumm leads Friars with top-6 finish
Fenwick finished in a tie for 20th place at the state swimming meet, amassing 15 points.
Senior Lindsey Drumm, who is heading to Dartmouth College next fall, ended her high school career as an all-stater with a sixth-place finish in the 100 butterfly (55.30).
“Lindsey did a great job,” said Fenwick coach Steve Thompson. “Her leadership has been instrumental to our success. She was a great mentor for our younger kids at the state meet.”
Drumm also teamed with freshman Anna Doherty and juniors Baileigh Racky and Kailyn McHugh on Fenwick’s 200 medley relay, which placed 10th in a time of 1:46.32. Thompson anticipates McHugh and Racky becoming the Friars’ leaders in 2022.
“Baileigh and Kailyn have two state meet experiences under their belt, and they got their first finals experience on Saturday,” Thompson said. “Their future is in front of them.”
Thompson thought Fenwick’s season went well, even though its lengthy sectional meet winning streak was snapped by OPRF.
“These girls showed tremendous perseverance,” he said. “As a team, we finished about as well as we could have, and the way they came together at the end of the year was special.”