Breaking News Bar
updated: 11/16/2012 11:47 PM

It's worth wait for Jedryka, Petro; Barrington excels

hello
Success - Article sent! close
  • Buffalo Grove's Veronika Jedryka celebrates after winning her heat and qualifying for today's finals in the 100-yard freestyle at Friday's state preliminaries in Evanston.

       Buffalo Grove's Veronika Jedryka celebrates after winning her heat and qualifying for today's finals in the 100-yard freestyle at Friday's state preliminaries in Evanston.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey's Amanda Petro heads for a championship heat appearance in the 100-yard backstroke during Friday's state meet preliminaries in Evanston.

       Hersey's Amanda Petro heads for a championship heat appearance in the 100-yard backstroke during Friday's state meet preliminaries in Evanston.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Kirsten Jacobsen finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle at the state meet preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

       Barrington's Kirsten Jacobsen finished fourth in the 200-yard freestyle at the state meet preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Hersey's Amanda Petro finished seventh in the 200-yard individual medley at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

       Hersey's Amanda Petro finished seventh in the 200-yard individual medley at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Emma Barnett placed fifteenth in the 500-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

       Barrington's Emma Barnett placed fifteenth in the 500-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Veronika Jedryka with Buffalo Grove placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle at the state meet preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

       Veronika Jedryka with Buffalo Grove placed fifth in the 100-yard freestyle at the state meet preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Kirsten Jacobsen of Barrington placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

       Kirsten Jacobsen of Barrington placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Barrington's Emma Barnett placed fifteenth in the 500-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

       Barrington's Emma Barnett placed fifteenth in the 500-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 
 

That fourth year, it turns out, was well worth the wait.

Seniors Veronika Jedryka of Buffalo Grove and Amanda Petro of Hersey had both qualified for the girls swimming high school state meet every year, but neither had made the championship heat of an event.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

Until now.

Jedryka will compete in Saturday's finals of the 100-yard freestyle, and Petro will swim in the 100 backstroke finals after terrific performances in their best events at the state meet preliminaries at Evanston Township High School.

Both also get bonus opportunities to swim, as Jedryka is in the consolation heat of the 50 free and Petro is in the consolation heat of the 200 IM.

Petro liked her time of 56.62 in the 100 back prelims but had to sweat it out as the last heat finished up.

"It's kind of weird, you're watching these other girls swim and you're thinking to yourself, 'Go slow! Go slow!' " said Petro, who has committed to a college swimming career at Ohio State and plans to sign her national letter of intent early next week. "My main goal this year was to get into finals, so yeah, I'm really pleased."

Both of Petro's swims were lifetime bests.

Jedryka, who will swim in college at Northeastern, completed a remarkable transformation by advancing in the sprints. She'd excelled in the 200 and 500 as a freshman and sophomore but slowly became more dominant in the shorter races.

"She's got such long arms," said coach Tom Mroz. "We started working on her 'catch,' and that's when she really started to show some speed."

Jedryka has the fifth-fastest qualifying effort in the 100 free (51.39) and ninth-best in the 50 free (23.79).

Barrington, too, had a day worth celebrating.

Freshman Kirsten Jacobsen made the championship heat of both the 200 and 500 freestyle, sophomore Mekenna Scheitlin is the finals of the 50 freestyle and both Fillies' freestyle relays will compete in the consolation heat.

"So far, so good," said Barrington coach Jim Bart two-thirds of the way through the meet. "We feel pretty good about the how the day's gone."

Jacobsen qualified fourth in both her races. Bart said he thought there was room for improvement in both races.

Scheitlin's 50 times of 23.60 was both a lifetime best and a team record.

And Barrington both relays delivered season-best times. The 200 includes Andrea Vega, Scheitlin, Lisa Danhauer and Jacobsen; the 400 is Scheitlin, Emma Barnett, Kayla Widdowson and Jacobsen.

Barnett also produced a lifetime best and nearly advanced in the 500 free, finishing 15th in 5:03.61.

Fremd saved its best performance for last, as the 400 free relay of Erica King, Loretta Stelnicki, Saki Takumiya and St. Louis University-bound Breanna Anderson improved on its sectional time by about a second.

But coach Andrew Kittrell said a taper that may have started too early was too much too overcome.

"If it was just one or two kids who were 'off,' that's one thing," he said. "But this one's on me. We just didn't have that 'zip' that you need."

Prospect sophomore Dana Liva has a great chance at a top-six finish in diving. After eight dives, she's fifth at 288.35 -- but only a handful of points way from second place. Allegra Codamon of Zion-Benton has the top score of 307.75.

Barrington junior Tiffany Soto finished 18th in diving.

The top 12 finishers from prelims get another chance to race Saturday, as the swimming and diving finalists compete one more time in a session that begins at 1 p.m.

Glenbrook South senior Olivia Smoliga again wowed fans with two state record-breaking swims Friday. She won the 50 free in 22.21, and the 100 backstroke in 51.84.

Other top qualifiers included Hannah Boyd of Normal University in the 200 and 500 freestyle, Gia Dalesandro of Neuqua Valley in the 100 fly, Gabby Sims of Downers Grove North in the 100 free and Riley Hayward of New Trier in the 100 breaststroke.

New Trier is positioned to win its third straight team championship after a dominant performance in the prelims.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here