Fittest loser
Article updated: 11/16/2012 11:48 PM

Libertyville's Dickson leads the way at state

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Mundelein's Erin Falconer celebrates after winning her heat of the 100-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Stevenson's Julia Wawer delivers the fifth-best time of the day in the 200-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

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Claire Haggerty with Grayslake Central swims the 200-yard individual medley at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

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George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Lakes' Madison Rinaldi swims the 100-yard backstroke at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

Leah Bloodgood swims the second leg of the 200-yard medley relay for Stevenson, which finished 11th in the event at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

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Macey Neubauer of Libertyville swims the 100-yard breaststroke in the state meet preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.

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Wildcats hugging Patriots? Mustangs hanging out with both of the above? Yes, in swimming, competitors from Stevenson, Mundelein and Libertyville get along just fine. For the three-quarters of the calendar year that does not include high school swimming, most of them are teammates on the Patriot Aquatic Club. So it's easy for them to put their prep differences aside and cheer for one another at the high school state meet. The preliminaries were held Friday at Evanston Township High School, and it turns out there was plenty to cheer about.
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    • Mundeleinís Erin Falconer celebrates after winning her heat of the 100-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    • Stevensonís Julia Wawer delivers the fifth-best time of the day in the 200-yard freestyle at the state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    • Claire Haggerty with Grayslake Central swims the 200-yard individual medley at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    • George LeClaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com Lakesí Madison Rinaldi swims the 100-yard backstroke at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    • Leah Bloodgood swims the second leg of the 200-yard medley relay for Stevenson, which finished 11th in the event at state preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
    • Macey Neubauer of Libertyville swims the 100-yard breaststroke in the state meet preliminaries in Evanston on Friday.
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