Girls swimming: Invitational wins for Barrington, Hersey
Barrington's girls swimming and diving team rose to the top of a quality nine-team field in winning Saturday's Lake County Invitational hosted by Lake Forest.
Junior Ally Penrod won twice in individual events for the Fillies, taking the 100-yard freestyle in 53.56 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.62.
Barrington finished with 342 points. Vernon Hills (260) was second, followed by Warren (239), Libertyville (152) and Stevenson (145).
Penrod also had legs on two victorious relays. She anchored the 200 medley, joining Maggie Emary, Catherine Kitzman and Emma Pritchett to win in 1:49.31. In the 400 free relay, Barrington's Becca Galovich, Emary, Penrod and Bridget O'Leary won in 3:36.66.
Barrington also got runner-up event finishes from Emary in the 200 IM (2:10.79), O'Leary in the 200 free (1:56.00) and 500 free (5:10.09), Pritchett in the 100 fly (58.21) and 100 back (59.84) and Kitzman in the 100 breast (1:07.12).
Vernon Hills' Casey Craffey won the 200 free (1:54.35) and 500 free (5:06.53). The Cougars also had the top finisher in the 50 free (Drew Petereit, 24.63) and 200 IM (Alexsandra Skatchov, 2:10.56), and they picked up winning points with the 200 free relay of Ellie Long, Craffey, Petereit and Anna Long (1:40.05).
Stevenson's Ashley Carollo won the 100 back in 59.24, and Libertyville's Emma Gleason won the 100 fly in 57.72.
Warren's top finishes came from Carissa Barker in the 50 free (24.96, 2nd) and Megan Wong in the 100 free (54.88, 2nd).
In diving, Vernon Hills' Allison Landis won the 11-dive competion with a score of 392.15, just ahead of of Libertyville's Claire Neuberger (384.50) and Warren's Carly Baun (330.65).
Hersey stampedes to victory: Coach Dick Mortensen's team produced a dominant effort in winning with 446.5 points in a 13-team field at the Buffalo Grove Stampede.
The Huskies won all three relays.
Shannon Blumenfeld, Olivia Kusio, Bianca Teves and Claire Fink got things started by taking the medley in 1:52.67. Isa Hahn, Ella Salm, Maddie Irvine and Claire Lutz won the 200 free relay in 1:45.12, and Fink, Irvine, Lutz and Kusio took the 400 free relay in 3:43.85.
Kusio was a double individual winner as well. She won the 100 free in 54.23 and the 100 breast in 1:07.74.
Mundelein (361 points) placed second and counted victories from Angela Bowes in the 100 back (1:01.21) and from Anna VanBelleghem in diving (342.80).
The Jacobs-Hampshire team was third (340 points) and had a double winner in Jennifer Tokarz, tops in the 200 free (1:58.95) and the 500 free (5:22.45).
St. Viator place fourth (250) and got its top finish from 200 IM winner Hannah Higginson (2:14.94). The Lions had runner-up finishes from Higginson in the 100 breast (1:09.82) and from Julie Warren in the 500 free (5:26.28).
Prospect (221.5) edged out Conant (199.5) for fifth place in the team standings.
The Knights' best finish came in the 200 free relay, where Caitlin Bauer, Amanda Baenke, Kaitlin Sattley and Katie Mueller placed third in 1:46.31.
Conant senior Aly Wooley won the 50 free in 25.25, and Cougars freshman Megumi Komoto won the 100 fly in 1:00.17.
Huntley, which placed seventh, got a runner-up placement from Katelyn Carlson in the 100 back (1:02.32).
The top finishes for the host Bison came from Emily Schulstad in the 200 free (fifth, 2:03.90) and 500 free (fifth, 5:31.07).
Grenafiesta: Hoffman Estates produced a fourth-place finish in an eight-team invitational hosted by Elk Grove.
Niles North won the meet with 429 points, followed by West Aurora (408), IMSA/Yorkville (331) and the Hawks (261).
Benita Varanauskaite had the top swimming finishes for Hoffman Estates, with runner-up efforts in both the 50 free (26.59) and 100 free (57.98), and Brooklyn Fuscone won diving with a score of 314.00. Renata Widelak contributed a third-place effort in the 200 IM (2:29.30) and was fifth in the 100 fly.
Elk Grove, which placed fifth, had runner-up finishes from Natalie Wlodarz in the 200 free (2:04.64) and 100 fly (1:03.87).
West Aurora had a double winner in Sophie Bastian (100 breast, 1:12.78, and 100 fly, 1:01.51).